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Exploring the Beauty of Alaska: Renting a Canoe in Nancy Lake State Recreation Area

Are you looking for an unforgettable Alaskan adventure? Look no further than the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area. With its stunning lakes, rolling hills, and abundant wildlife, this park is a must-visit destination for any nature lover. If you want to experience the best of what the park has to offer, you should rent a canoe from Tippecanoe and camp at South Rolly Campground or reserve one of the state's public-use cabins.

Here's what you need to know to have the perfect trip:

1. Pick your adventure: From camping in one of the public-use cabins to exploring the Nancy Lake canoe trail system, there's something for everyone in this park. You can also choose to camp at South Rolly Lake Campground or Nancy Lake Campground for a more traditional camping experience. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes, you're sure to feel a sense of peace and tranquility that can only be found in Alaska. So don't miss out on the opportunity to explore this incredible park and create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit to start planning your adventure today!

2. Rent a canoe, kayak or Standup Paddleboard: To fully experience the beauty of the Nancy Lake State Recreation area, renting a canoe from Tippecanoe is a must. With seven different lakes in the park to explore, reserving your canoe in advance at is recommended to ensure availability. If staying in a cabin, book the cabin 1st at the link above. Once you have your canoe, you can paddle to your heart's content and take in the stunning views of the park.

3. Pack the essentials: When camping in Alaska, it's important to be prepared for anything. Make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing and rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable. You'll also need a sturdy tent(or reserve a cabin), sleeping bags, water or filtration system, and a camping stove for cooking. Don't forget to bring a map and compass in case you get lost, and a first aid kit, just in case. Tippecanoe also rents bear spray to help keep you safe. If you plan on fishing get your fishing license at ADF&G.

4. Bring a camera: With its stunning views and incredible wildlife, the Nancy Lake State Recreation area is a photographer's paradise. Make sure to bring a camera with a good zoom lens so you can capture close-up shots of moose, bears, and other wildlife. If using your phone as a camera, remember a water proof phone case, also available with your canoe rental.

5. Pack a small cooler or food bag that fits into a bear box: If you're planning on catching your dinner, make sure to bring a cooler to keep your fish fresh. You'll also want to bring plenty of food and snacks to keep you fueled up for your adventures. Learn more about bear safety here.

6. Enjoy the park: With its endless hiking trails, fishing spots, and canoeing opportunities, the Nancy Lake State Recreation area has something for everyone. Make sure to take advantage of all the park has to offer, and don't forget to take some time to simply enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.

In conclusion, if you want to experience the best of the Nancy Lake State Recreation area, rent a canoe from Tippecanoe and camp at South Rolly Campground. With the right gear and a sense of adventure, you're sure to have an unforgettable trip to Alaska.

Here are some Amazon affiliate links links to gear I use in Alaska if you need some recommendations.

A simple compass.

Her is a Ursack bear-resistant food bag for remote camping. All the campsite do have bear boxes so probably not needed.

I just started using this GoPro Hero 8 to record some of my adventures.

I never go on an Alaskan adventure with out this Sawyer water filtration system. Throw away the bags that come with it and get these bags. and bring smart water bottles and this Coupler. I will write a different blog on water filtration with this setup. This setup can also be used as a gravity system.

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