While most of Alaska's state parks are full of high peaks or rugged shoreline, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is flat and chock full of lakes and ponds. If your pup is looking for a gorgeous park to spend some time in the rugged Alaska wilderness, then Nancy Lake is the place to be.
Due to the large quantity of lakes and ponds, the park doesn’t have very many hiking trails.But it is well known for its puptacular canoe trails. So if your furry friend is well behaved in a canoe, consider bringing a boat and taking the Lynx Lake Loop Canoe Trail or the Little Susitna Connector Canoe Trail. These trails have well marked portage sites and will lead you and your pup through some remarkable scenery. As you paddle around, keep your eyes peeled for waterfowl , beaver, and moose.
The main hiking trail in the park is Red Shirt Lake
Trail. Follow this three mile trail over glacial moraines and small hills. As
you make your way to Red Shirt Lake, you’ll be treated to views of the breathtaking
Chugach Mountains. Since there are some rustic campsites around the lake, this
is a pawfect backpacking destination. There is a primitive bathroom, but no water source, so either carry in
your water supply or plan on filtering. Be sure to always have some clean-up
bags on hand and pick up after your pup.
If your furry friend wants to sleep under the stars, the
park has two campgrounds with plenty of sites. Each spot has a picnic table,
fire ring, and access to water. After a busy day of exploring the park, your
canine companion will love nothing more than to relax by the campfire and
listen to ghost stories. Just don’t forget the marshmallows!
No bones about, your doggo will go mutts over
Nancy Lake State Recreation Area!