FAIRBANKS — Ice fishing huts on Chena and Quartz lakes are now available for rent and there should be some on Birch Lake in the next week or so.
Alaska State Parks put two ice huts on Quartz Lake on Monday while the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department set up four huts on Chena Lake in North Pole on Wednesday.
State parks northern region superintendent Brooks Ludwig said the state will put two more ice huts on Quartz Lake and five on Birch Lake sometime in the next week.
The ice was 12 inches thick on Quartz Lake but only 8 inches thick on Birch Lake, he said.
“The ice is still pretty marginal so we haven’t put them out on Birch Lake yet,” Ludwig said. “It will probably be another week until we’re brave enough to put the others out.”
The ice on Chena Lake was measured at 18 inches, according to Chena Lake manager Ricky Borland.
The state charges $15 a day for ice houses on Birch and Quartz lakes and the borough charges $25 a day for the ice huts on Chena Lake, which includes a bundle of firewood and four drilled fishing holes. All the ice huts are equipped with woodstoves.
State ice fishing huts on Birch and Quartz lakes can be rented online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/cabins/icehuts.htm or by calling the Department of Natural Resources Public Information Center at 451-2705. Borough ice fishing huts can be rented by calling Chena Lake Recreation Center at 488-1655 or the borough parks and recreation department at 459-1070. The borough won’t be taking any reservations until Monday due to the holiday weekend.