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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

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Northern Region

Quartz Lake State Recreation Area

Quartz Lake SRA


★ ADA Faciliy - Yes
★ 556 Acres
★ 103 Campsites (see fee page)
★ No RV size limit
★ Camping Limit - 15 days
★ Toilets -
★ Water
★ Picnic sites
★ Picnic shelters -
★ Fishing -
★ Boat Launch (see fee page)
Cabins (see fee page)
Quartz Lake Campground
Lost Lake Campground

Useful Information

Campground Map
Quartz Lake Trail Guide and Map


★ Camping
★ Fishing
★ Day use
★ Dog mushing
★ Hiking
★ Ice fishing
★ Skijoring
★ Swimming
★ Water Skiing

For travelers and locals alike, Quartz Lake State Recreation Area is a great place to visit. Recreational opportunities abound. Whether you enjoy the feel of a 20 inch rainbow trout on the line, the breathtaking view after a hike to Bluff Point, or sitting around the campfire with friends, these opportunities and more are available. Wildlife viewing, camping, picnicking, swimming, playing volleyball, and water skiing are also popular summertime activities. During the winter months popular activities include ice fishing, snowmachining, dog mushing, skijoring, and even staying at a rustic cabin when the temperatures can drop to well below zero.

Quartz Lake State Recreation Area is a 600 acre park which often attracts large crowds due to the variety of recreational opportunities available. The recreation area borders two lakes and has facilities adjacent to the lakes to accommodate these crowds. At Quartz Lake there are 16 campsites in the loop and 87 parking and camping sites in the parking lot development. Facilities also include two boat launches, a handicap accessible fishing dock, picnic sites, a picnic shelter, a swimming area, a beach volleyball court, water, and toilets. Campground Map. Lost Lake is a favorite spot for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy the area's scenery and wildlife. At Lost Lake there are 12 campsites, a handicap accessible fishing dock, a picnic area, water, and toilets.

Fishing is the primary attraction of Quartz Lake State Recreation Area. Quartz Lake has some of the best road accessible fishing in Interior Alaska. Each year more than 34,000 fish are harvested.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks Quartz Lake annually with over 300,000 fingerling rainbow trout, and coho salmon. By the end of their three year life cycle, coho salmon can reach up to 13 inches in length. Rainbow trout reach up to 18 inches or more in five years. In 1980 a trophy rainbow trout was caught which weighed 8.3 pounds and measured 25.5 inches long. Quartz Lake is also stocked biennially with subcatchable-size Arctic Char and catchable-size Chinook Salmon.

Effective lures include spinners, woolly worms, damsels, shrimp, and eggs. Daily bag and possession limit is 10 per day in any combination, only one of which may be longer than 18 inches. Be sure to consult your fishing regulations for more information.

In the winter, ice fishing is a popular attraction, and Quartz Lake has ice fishing huts available for rental. Due to the thickness of ice and general weather conditions, the availability of the ice huts can vary.

Reserve an Ice Hut

Lost Lake also has some good fishing. Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks this lake annually with 40 broodstock and 1000 catchable size rainbow trout. Fishing from the dock or a canoe is best. Spinners and corn are effective lures. Bag and possession limits are 10 per day / 10 in possession with no size limit.

Quartz Lake SRA is currently under private management and is not maintained by the State of Alaska.

Mile 277.8 Richardson Highway

Driving Directions:
From Anchorage - Take the Glenn Hwy to the Richardson Hwy. Milepost 277.8 of the Richardson Hwy, turn right on Quartz Lake Road, right on Quartz lake Road Access.

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
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700