Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Planning

Nancy Lake Canoe Trail

Since the last Nancy Lake State Recreation Area (NLSRA) Management Plan was finalized in 1983, much has changed. The population of the Matanuska Valley and Anchorage bowl has grown and development of private land on lakes adjacent to and within the recreational area has resulted in increased use and impacts on area resources.  As more remote parcels are developed in the area, there is increasing pressure to provide convenient access to private lands. Additionally, the number of docks and other structures within the water bodies of NLSRA has risen dramatically and changed the character of the adjacent public lands.

In an effort to address these issues, the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has initiated a planning effort to revise the 1983 NLSRA plan. The revised plan will provide management guidelines, recommendations for facility development within NLSRA and will identify opportunities to enhance recreational opportunities and access.

Latest News

On May 19, 2016 the Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources adopted the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Plan. The Public Review Draft of this plan, as modified by the Recommended Revisions, constitute the final adopted plan by the Commissioner. This plan supersedes the 1983 Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Master Plan. The Public Review Draft version of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area Management Plan and the Recommended Revisions document can be found below under “Documents for Review”.


Documents for Review

Adoption Notice 
Adoption Notice Signature Page
Recommended Revisions
Public Review Draft of the Nancy Lake Management Plan 
Issue Response Summary



Outline of the major steps that will be taken to develop the plan.


STEP 1: Identify Issues - Through a public involvement process identify issues and concerns.


STEP 2: Gather Information - Throughout the planning process collect information about natural resources, present and past land use, land ownership, and the local economy.


STEP 3: Prepare and Evaluate Land Use Alternatives - Describe possible choices for management based on public interests, local resources, and state policies. Describe the effects of each choice on goals for the management of an area.


STEP 4: Prepare Draft Plan - The planning team creates a draft plan that reflects resource values and public and agency goals. The agencies review the first draft and settle any land use conflicts that remain, or propose the best alternatives for public review.


STEP 5: Public Review of Draft Plan - Hold public meetings to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft plan and to identify parts that need to be changed.


STEP 6: Prepare Final Plan - Review agency and public comments and revise the plan as needed.


STEP 7: Approve Plan - The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources approves and signs the plan.


STEP 8: Adopt and Implement Plan - Plan guides management decisions for state lands in the planning area.


For more information contact:

Brandon McCutcheon
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8536
Nancy Lake in the fall Fax: (907) 269-8915

Chuck Pinckney
550 West 7th Ave., Suite 1050
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 334-2551
Fax: (907) 269-8915

Planning Documents and Additional Information

Alaska State Park System: Statewide Framework – June 1982
NLSRA Specific Statues and Administrative Code
Alaska Statutes and Administrative Code
NLSRA Color Map
Planning Update #1 - Summer 2010
Planning Update #2 - October 2010
Public Scoping - Issues List, November 2008
Nancy Lake Trail Consultation, July 2008

Public Notice

Link to State Of Alaska Online Public Notice

Existing NLSRA Park Plans

Nancy Lake Plan Program Budget, March 1967
Nancy Lake State Recreation Areas Master Plan, October 1983


Previous Plan with Received Revisions Incorporated
Nancy Lake SRA Special Use Permit Revocations - UPDATE
Nancy Lake SRA Special Use Permit Revocations
Document 1 - Introduction and Background
Open House Meeting Flyer
Document 2 - Issues
Document 3 - Proposed Management Recommendations
Document 4 - Alternatives