“Cabin” may be the wrong word for this sprawling, comfortable cottage fronted by an ample floating dock ready for all kinds of lake fun. With a covered front porch large enough to keep an extended family reunion dry during a late summer downpour, this facility is really a one-room house, nearly 600 square feet of living space compete with a semi-private sleeping bay, a closet, plus gobs of room to cook, lounge and play.
Room To Relax
To an extent, Cabin 4 offers zones that allow people to amuse themselves indoors without knocking elbows – rare in a public use cabin. Far more than a rustic weekend rental typical of Alaska parks, Cabin 4 is more like an old-fashioned Lower 48 retreat. Bring on the fireflies, and you might feel transported to the shore of a Michigan or Wisconsin vacation lake.
Nancy Lake is one of the region’s most popular recreation lakes with a commercial marina, a state park boat launch and campground, and a complex of coves and bays dominated by private homes. The lake offers some fishing, boating of all kinds, and is open to aircraft. While sunny summer weekends can be busy, some stretches can be as quiet as a wilderness lake and attract nesting birds and other wildlife, especially in the northeast lobe where boat wake is prohibited, along the western shore where housing is sparse, and at the southern outflow into a vast network of wetlands.
A well-used 24-by-24 cabin, handsomely painted in brown with forest green highlights, with a full-length covered porch and sleeping space for eight. It has cooking space, a table and wood stove. Outside is a fire ring, an outhouse, picnic table and spare chairs. A large floating dock large enough for multiple boats or a floatplane completes the scene.
Lake water must be purified. Firewood can be gathered in the surrounding forest, but a camp saw might be necessary. Note: this is a big space to heat. If visiting during frigid weather, consider bringing extra wood.
What Can You Do At Nancy Lake Cabin 4?
- Water sports of all kinds: paddling, motorboating, water skiing, swimming, fishing.
- Visit on the large covered porch, or play board games inside the spacious main room.
- Host large family gatherings.Open forest of big old trees begs for hide-and-seek and chase games.
- Skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling during winter on the park’s extensive trails.
If paddling, drive to the parking lot at Mile 1.6 and launch a few hundred yards down a flat, boat-cart friendly trail onto Nancy Lake’s “quiet” cove. The cabin’s landing is about one mile south, past Cabins 1, 2 and 3. Canoes can be rented from Tippecanoe Rentals in Willow: 907-355-6687. You can also boat from the commercial marina or the state park boat launch. A half-mile hiking trail leads from the parking lot at Mile 1.8 of the Parkway. Here is a good PDF map of the area.
Depending on snow conditions and ice cover, you can travel by snow vehicle, skis, snowshoe, dog sled, snow bike or foot from the Mile 1.6 or Mile 1.8 trailheads or elsewhere on the lake. Check the park conditions report first. Alternative routes could follow extensive snowmobile and ski trails that connect Nancy Lake with the interior of the park.
Break Up / Freeze Up
Nancy Lake Cabin 4 can be reached by trail when ice is too thin.