|“|| 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 Survival mode. 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 the 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.
- Alan's Cave - Provides partial shelter. The cave is partway between Carter Hydro Dam and Mystery Lake. There is a nearby rabbit area.
- 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.
- Dave's Quiet Clearing
- Deadfall Area
- Frozen Creek
- Lake Overlook
- Lake Trail
- Max's Last Stand
- Mystery Lake
- Mystery Lake (Northern Access)
- Mystery Lake (Southern Access)
- Mystery Lake (Western Access)
- Unnamed Pond
- 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.