This is a fun place to stay. Situated on a ridge between the eastern shore of Lynx Lake and Lynx Lake Road deep inside Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, these two are almost identical cabins (only 200 feet apart). They offer direct access to two lakes as well as the park’s trail system.

Lynx Lake Cabins are 16' X 20' and were built in 2014 with sleeping for up to 6

For Family And Adventurers

Though relatively close, each cabin is colored by a slightly different atmosphere. Lynx 2’s porch faces the sunset, with good afternoon sun and a view of Lynx Lake. It feels open, more exposed. Lynx 3 faces east, the sunrise choice, and is closer to dense forest with a view of Baines Lakes. Yes, there is some traffic on the road, but it passes quickly and doesn’t seem to intrude. If you are using only one cabin, the distance is just far enough to ensure privacy from the other.

Rent out both cabins 2 & 3 Lynx Lake and create the perfect place for a family reunion

Amenities

Two beautiful, blond-wood 16-by-20 log cabins, new in 2014. Each has sleeping space for six with two double bunks in a sleeping alcove at back of cabin and a child-safe loft with a ladder. Wood stove, table and cooking space in airy front area under high ceiling. Outside is a fire ring, outhouse and picnic table. Excellent fishing for northern pike, especially in Baines Lakes. Common loons, Pacific loons, grebes, and Arctic terns regularly nest nearby, and sandhill cranes sometimes stop in the extensive wetland beyond Baines Lakes. Lake water must be purified. Burnable wood can be found in the woods and off Lynx Lake Road.

Travel by ski plane, snowmobile, skis, snowshoe, dog sled, snow bike or foot

What Can You Do At Lynx Lake Cabins 2 & 3?

  • Both have separate landings with immediate access to the 315-acre Lynx Lake and portages leading south, southwest, west and north. Winter trails crisscross the frozen lake.
  • The 6.5-mile-long Lynx Lake Road out back offers connections to hiking and trail running into the interior of the park or south to Butterfly Lake. The road is open to bicycling.
  • Just beyond the road lies Baines Lakes — a serpentine network of ancient beaver channels that link a series of large ponds chock full of pike. For people who love exploring twisty water trails, Lynx Lake connects to Baines Lakes via a stream that goes under the road bridge about one mile south.
  • With a sister cabin next door, the setting is welcoming for reunions of all kinds: with sleeping space for 12 available in two locations, with separate outhouses to boot.
  • Mostly firm bottom at the landings on Lynx Lake offer decent swimming.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 61.63245
Longitude: -150.051883

Summer

Most people paddle the canoe trail system. Beginning at Tanaina Lake at Mile 4.5 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, the trail forms an eight-mile wilderness loop via portages to 14 lakes. (An south extension leads to four other lakes with access to the Little Susitna River.) Lynx Lake is half way through the loop. Most travel “counter clockwise” from Tanaina, starting east via Milo Lake, because the route covers more water and less walking than the opposite direction. Count on half a day. Portages can be muddy and buggy, so headnets, bug dope and the right shoes can be helpful. Be prepared to encounter bears and moose. Canoes can be rented from Tippecanoe Rentals in Willow: 907-355-6687. Floatplanes are permitted to land on Lynx Lake during summer.

One can also drive the rough, barely maintained Lynx Lake Road to a locked gate about Mile 3.5, and then walk or bike another few miles to the cabin. A permit to drive past the gate can be purchased from State Parks. A copy of the permit application can be found in the Related section of this page.

Be cautious about driving: Lynx Lake Road has steep grades between the gate and the cabins, sometimes featuring epic mud holes. Depending upon conditions, the route could be impassable to regular vehicles.

Winter

Depending on snow conditions and ice cover, you can travel by snow vehicle, skis, snowshoe, dog sled, snow bike or foot. Ski planes can also land. Check the park conditions report first. Beginning at the winter trailhead at Mile 2.2 of the Nancy Lake Parkway, it is about 4.5 miles over a route that crosses Bald Lake and turns south at Twin Ponds before reaching Shem Pete and Ardaw lakes. Alternative routes could follow extensive snowmobile trails or travel down Lynx Lake Road.

Break up / Freeze up

Lynx Lake Cabin 2 and 3 can be reached when the lake ice is too thin by using Lynx Lake Road or an ambitious trek over the park’s trail system.

Photos

Lynx Lake Cabin 2 & 3