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Backpacker Magazine – June 2008

Top 3 Paddling Treks

These weekend float trips have side hikes that rival the paddling for scenery and solitude.

by: Kellie Schmitt

Nancy Lake SRA, AK | Floodwood Pond, NY | Village Creek, TX

There's no better time to hit the water than June, when river levels–and daily temps– are up. Pack up now to enjoy the best of both worlds with these surf-and-turf journeys.

Nancy Lake SRA, AK
Dip into beginner-friendly waters
The Lynx Lake Loop, an eight-mile route just two hours from Anchorage, is a perfect starter course for wilderness paddling in Alaska: no sat-phone or shotgun required. Start at Tanaina Lake and head south to Milo Pond, following orange portage signs in a counterclockwise circuit. In between each of the 14 lakes, short trails (the longest is a half-mile) cut through dense forests sprinkled with Alaskan rose and wild iris. You'll cross honey-colored meadows where brown bears sometimes snack on blueberries–though moose sightings are more common. Hit the primitive campsites between Little Noluck and Big Noluck Lakes. From there you can watch the midnight sun set on one lake while its soft afterglow illuminates the other.

Canoe Rental
Tippecanoe, at the South Rolly Lake Campground (907-495-6688,

The Way From Anchorage, take the Parks Highway 67 miles north. Go 4.5 miles west on Nancy Lake Parkway to the canoe trailhead at Tanaina Lake.

Nancy Lake SRA, AK | Floodwood Pond, NY | Village Creek, TX

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Feb 02, 2011

I'm looking at a map, & trying to understand this path. So I paddle from Floodwood Pond into Little Square Pond, thru Fish Creek into Square Pond into Follensby Clear. Then what? Do I travel up to the top of Follensby & portage to either Polliwog or Green Pond, then portage over to Hoel Pond? The rest makes sense.

Aug 09, 2010

This is an incorrect description of how to access Long Pond Mountain. Paddlers can access Long Pond via a short carry from a well-marked parking lot off Floodwood Pond Road.

Oct 22, 2009

I've gone through Floodwood Pond many times and explored the surrounding lakes and ponds. Floodwood Mountain Scout Reservation does some really awesome treks through that area. One of the greatest places to go. God's country

Chris Perkins
Jan 05, 2009

You can stretch this creek out. I have paddled a 50 Miler with my scout troop and over 65 miles with a friend. When the creek is flooded (often) you double your speed and loose camping spots. If you have time to slow down you can catch some Perch, Large Mouth Bass and Catfish.

Aug 05, 2008

Stu Brody
Jul 28, 2008

Just booked a reservation with Evelyn at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. She couldn't have been nicer, or more helpful.


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