A historic 15 x 20 log cabin that resembles a Gold Rush Sourdough’s retreat hunkers in the forest on the shore of Quartz Lake about a half-mile walk from the parking lot on the area’s trail system. It’s accessible from the lake, too, by boat in summer or ski/snowmobile in winter. The lake is 86 miles southeast of Fairbanks, inside a 556-acre recreation area with a reputation for some of the best road-accessible fishing in Alaska’s Interior and hiking trails with striking views of the Tanana River Valley. During winter, ice fishing is popular, with four huts available for rent.
Sleeping platforms, table and benches, wood heating stove, ax, saw, broom and ash scoop with picnic table and fire ring.
4 people (pets welcome)
East of the Tanana River at Big Delta, about 14 miles north of Delta Junction.
In the Tanana River Valley, the lake is nestled on three sides within a range of steep, forested hills with a vast wetland stretching to the northeast. Great views from the summits. Private property with cabins dot the lakeshore.
Season of Use
Alaska State Parks
What to Bring
Guests may find downed wood in the woods nearby, but it’s a good idea to bring your own, especially during colder weather. Carry water or be prepared to purify lake water or snow. Items such as a cook stove, cooking gear, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, sleeping pads and trash bags are not provided. Guests are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Don’t assume there will be sufficient toilet paper or working batteries in the smoke detector.