For the location, see Mystery Lake (location).
Ideal for new players. A balance between wilderness and man-made shelters, resources, and wildlife.
- In game description

Mystery Lake is one of the primary regions in The Long Dark and the first available for play in the Sandbox. The region is named after Mystery Lake, a lake that feeds into Carter Hydro Dam. A railway crosses the region and is mainly used in the summers supporting the local timber operation and lakeside recreation.

The region connects to Forlorn Muskeg on the southern end of the railroad, and to Mountain Town in the south-west via a cave near the Trapper's Homestead. The railroad leads into The Ravine at the northeast edge of the map, and continues into the Coastal Highway region. The Carter Hydro Dam near the northeast end of the railroad provides a transition to the Pleasant Valley region.


Mystery Lake has four main entrances.

The Ravine entrance can be found near the Carter Hydro Dam and is commonly used by those travelling to Coastal Highway. The Winding River entrance can be found inside of the Carter Hydro Dam, and is commonly used by those traveling to Pleasant Valley. The Rail Tunnel entrance is commonly used by those traveling to Forlorn Muskeg. A cave near the Trapper's Homestead is commonly used by those traveling to Mountain Town.






  • Camp Office - Provides full shelter, hosts a bed, firebox, and a workbench.
  • Forestry Lookout - Provides partial shelter, hosts a firebox and a bed.
  • Trapper's Homestead - Provides full shelter, hosts a bed, firebox, and a workbench. There is a nearby rabbit and deer area. Nearby exit to Mountain Town.



  • Lake Cabins - Provides full shelter and hosts a bed. There is a nearby wolf area.
  • Logging Camp - Provides full shelter and hosts a bed. There is a nearby deer and wolf area.
  • Lone Lake Cabin - Provides full shelter and hosts a bed. There is a nearby bear area.

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Coastal Highway Abandoned LookoutBear Creek CampgroundCinder Hills Coal MineCoastal TownsiteCommuter's LamentJackrabbit IslandFishing CampLog SortMisanthrope's HomesteadQuonset GarageRabbit GroveRockfallSilent ClearingThe ToothTrain UnloadingWaterfront Cottages
Desolation Point Abandoned Mine No. 3Abandoned Mine No. 5Broken BridgeBlocked HighwayCaveHibernia ProcessingKatie's Secluded CornerLittle IslandLonely LighthouseMatt's TruckStone ChurchThe RikenWaterfall
Mystery Lake Alan's CaveCamp OfficeCarter Hydro DamClearcutDave's Quiet ClearingDerailmentDeadfall AreaDestroyed LookoutForestry LookoutFrozen CreekLake OverlookLookoutLogging CampLake CabinsLone Lake CabinMax's Last StandMystery LakeRail TunnelTrapper's HomesteadTrain BridgeTrain Loading AreaUnnamed Pond
Pleasant Valley Burned Ridge CaveCascading FallsCinder Hills Coal MineContemplation BridgeDerelict CabinsDraft Dodger's CabinEnd of the RoadForest CaveHeartbreak BridgeHilltop CaveLong CurveLower FallsLonely CabinsPleasant Valley OutbuildingsThree Strikes FarmsteadPleasant Valley FarmsteadMisty Falls Picnic AreaSignal HillRural CrossroadsPensive PondPicnic SpotSkeeter's RidgeUpper FallsPrepper's Abandoned Cache
Timberwolf Mountain Andre's PeakCave 1Cave 2Chasm CaveCrystal LakeDeer ClearingEcho Peak EastEcho Peak WestEcho RavineEngineEric's FallsForest CaveLanding GearMountaineer's HutSecluded ShelfSummitTail SectionWaterfall CaveWing
Forlorn Muskeg Abandoned CampBunkhousesHat CreekHigh BlindLow BlindMarsh RidgeMuskeg OverlookOld Spence Family HomesteadPoacher's CampShortwave Tower
Broken Railroad Broken BridgeHunter's BlindHunting LodgeLandslideMaintenance Yard
Mountain Town The ArchBank Manager's HouseCrashed Prison Transport BusHermit's CabinMackenzie's Crashed PlaneTown of MiltonMilton BasinMilton Credit UnionMilton HouseMilton ParkMilton Post OfficeOld SchoolhouseOrca Gas StationParadise Meadows FarmPicnic AreaSt. Christopher's ChurchRadio TowerRocky RefugeSpruce Falls BridgeTunnel CollapseWood Lot