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Wild Encounters: A Journey Through the Animals of Nancy Lake State Rec Area, Willow Alaska.

Alaska is a nature-lover's paradise, and the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area is no exception. This last week, I was lucky enough to see a variety of animals in their natural habitat, and I can't wait to share my experiences with you.

First up, I spotted a bull moose just starting to grow his antlers. These things looked like they were going to get huge! He was walking along the side of the Nancy Lake Parkway, and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him before he disappeared into the trees.

I also saw three porcupines, although it's possible that it was the same porcupine on three separate occasions. Every time I got too close, he climbed up a tree to get away from me. I must be pretty scary!

On North Rolly Lake, I had an incredible encounter with a giant beaver. He seemed very curious about our canoe. He swam around us, splashing his tail and investigating our boat. It was an amazing experience to be so close to such an animal in its natural habitat. I couldn't help but feel a sense of awe as I watched him swim away into the distance.

My daughter had an even more exciting sighting than I did. She saw the biggest black bear she's ever seen sitting on the side of the road, munching on some food and chilling. It was an incredible sight to see such a majestic creature up close.

Of course, the aquatic life in the area is just as impressive as the land animals. I saw pike that were as big as small children, along with loons and mama ducks with their babies. And my mom caught the biggest rainbow trout I've ever seen in Tanaina Lake, the starting point for the Lynx Lake Canoe trail system.

If you're planning a trip to Alaska and want to see some wildlife and nature up close, I highly recommend renting a canoe or kayak from Tippecanoe. With their help, you can explore the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area and have your own incredible animal sightings. Just make sure to book your rental in advance at to secure your spot. Trust me, you won't regret it!

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