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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Interior of Public Use Cabin

Nancy Lake State Recreation Area

James Lake Cabin

James Lake Cabin Exterior

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 6 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Summer - Canoe, Kayak; Winter - Ski, Snowmachine*
★ Stay Limit: 5 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: Yes**
★ Fees: (see fee page)
★ Cabin Dimensions: 16' x 24'
★ Heating Method: Wood (Bring your own wood)

Amenities

★ Fire Ring
★ Picnic Table
★ Lake Access

This is a true log cabin. It is also the most isolated, secluded cabin in the Nancy Lake recreation system. Located along the canoe loop trail, this cabin is the only building on James Lake. The cabin has bunk beds, a woodstove, an outside picnic table, and an outside fire ring. No planes are allowed on James Lake.

Location:
Summer access is via the canoe trail system. The canoe trail involves crossing several lakes and portages between lakes for about 3-4 miles to reach the cabin and takes approximately 3-4 hours. Winter access is by registered snowmobile, skis, snowshoe, or dog sled using the winter trail. ATVs prohibited. Snowmobile openings announced when there is sufficient snow cover to protect underlying vegetation. This cabin is not reachable during freeze up or break up when the ice is too thin to support weight.

GPS: 61 38.107N, 150 05.700W

Special Notes:
* Check the Nancy Lake park condition reports for trail conditions and snowmobile openings.

** Pets must be under control at all times and you are responsible for cleaning up your pet’s waste.

Pack out everything you pack in.

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Important Info

Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin. Print out this confirmation e-mail and bring it with you to the cabin. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of making the reservation, please contact the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400 Mon - Fri 10am-5pm.

Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
  • Food
  • Cookware, dishes, utensils
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Matches, lighters, paper fire starter
  • 9-volt battery for smoke detectors
  • First aid items
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Jug of water
  • Saw or axe, just in case
  • Firewood
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern and fuel

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907