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Thread: Nancy Lake Rec Area

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    Member matjpow's Avatar
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    Jul 2008

    Question Nancy Lake Rec Area

    Does anyone know if the Nancy Lake trails open?
    That's what she said...

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    Member Mr. Grayling's Avatar
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    Apr 2006


    Current Conditions Report
    Denali State Park and Nancy Lake State Recreation Area

    Hello State Parks users, this is the Willow Area Winter Recreation conditions update as of Sunday November 29th

    NancyLake State Recreational Area has received sufficient snowfall to allow a limited snow vehicle access to Red Shirt Lake along the newly improved East Red Shirt Lake/Chicken Lake trail.

    Access is allowed from the Winter Trail Head at mile 2.2 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, past the closed winter gate, and upon the Nancy Lake Parkway to the East Red Shirt Lake/Chicken Lake trail to Red Shirt Lake. There are Barricades on the Nancy Lake Parkway at the intersection of the new trail to indicate where access is authorized. No other motorized access in the area is authorized at this time, and violators will be cited until we receive sufficient snow to open up the area to all motorized snow vehicle use.a

    The winter gates at Mile 2.2 of Nancy Lake Parkway in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and at the campground at Willow Creek State Recreation are closed and locked. There is a Fee Station at the Winter Trailhead at Mile 2.2 of Nancy Lake Parkway, and all users parking in Nancy Lake SRA should either have a Cabin rental receipt in their windshield, a 2009 Alaska State Parks Day Use parking pass sticker, or should have a receipt from a Fee Station payment.

    Grooming on the Ski Trail and the Canoe Trail systems has not yet begun due to insufficient snow cover for general motorized use in the area.

    The Lakes and waters of the park have frozen over, but the ice can be thin in many areas. Please be cautious and use good judgment before traveling on the ice. Overflow is now a concern on many of the lakes as the weight of the ice pushes down and the water settles on top of the ice. Ice thickness can vary significantly within a lake or an area, due to flowing water, heat from geothermal activity or heat from decomposing organic matter. Again, please use good judgment before traveling on the ice.

    For information on Public Use Cabin availability in Nancy Lake or Denali, please call 907-745-3975 or check online at To check our recorded hotline, please call 907-761-3786

    Please pack out any trash, use facilities responsibly, and recreate safely.

    This message will be updated as conditions change.
    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

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    Member Trail Boss's Avatar
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    Nov 2006
    Willow AK.

    Exclamation Be Careful!!!

    Water Water Everwhere!!!!
    All lakes in the area have at least 3 to 4 inches of overflow in them use extreme care if running in these areas!!!!
    Trail Boss
    Willow Trail Committe
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    To boldly make trail where no man has gone before!!!


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