The Hidden Lake

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This article is about the region on The Island. For the region on Valguero, see Hidden Lake.

The Hidden Lake
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A valley with a small lake, hidden behind trees and hills


Hidden Lake (sometimes called Hidden Valley, or Crater Lake, or The Oasis) is a location in the northeast of the Island that consists of a clearing with a small lake, surrounded by very dense forest and boulders. It is a relatively safe location in the otherwise dangerous north part of the Island, although  Castoroides can prove hazardous. There are three paths to enter on foot on which you can fit barely a Triceratops without removing some boulders or trees. With the trees and stones removed, even Brontosaurus can enter and exit the valley. One entrance leads south, while the others lead north and northeast.

This area is a great location for a mid-level base as there are very few carnivores and many resources. Giant Beaver Dams provide easy access to wood and the lake's proximity to Far's Peak provides a good source of metal and crystal. It's brilliant for beginners because other tribes can’t get in if it’s secured properly.


The Hidden Lake is located in the region Smugglers Pass. There are lots of trees and rocks for resources and is hidden by the thick surrounding forest. To the north is a small peninsula with scattered trees, and across the ocean to the east is The Dead Island. This is a well hidden and very small lake, its waters are usually safe and almost always have beavers, but beware of raptors and dilophosaurus.



If the lake is not disturbed by buildings, the following will be present:


If the lake is not disturbed by buildings, the following will be present:


Very Rare


Some rocks containing metal, plants and trees which you can get rare flowers, berries, fiber, wood and thatch.


  • It is a notable place to set up a base.
  • The 3 ravines leading in and out of the location can easily be blocked off with a  Behemoth Gate and  Metal Spike Walls.
  • The area is featured in the first scene of the trailer for ARK: Survival Evolved.[1]
  • There are three  Supply Crates that spawns in there, varying in colour between Blue, Purple, Yellow and Red (sometimes).
  •  Giant Beaver Dams are located here, good for a beaver dam farm.
  • 2 Explorer Notes can be found here: Nerva Note #1 & Rockwell Record #5
  • The three valleys CAN contain Therizinosaur which can prove dangerous to those that are not prepared.
  • It is near 3 large mountains which is useful for gathering Metal.


  • The area bordered by Winter's mouth, Frozen Tooth, and Far's Peak that is part of the northern/northeastern shores is relatively closed off from the rest of the Island. This may be the area that Mei-Yin and her tames call home as the area is wide enough to help her tames practice hunting strategies. She even noted that the travel from leaving the Painted Sharks of the South to back to her area of land was considered to be "a long trek".