• Cassie Schirm

Exploring the frozen Eklutna Lake




Eklutna Lake, the largest lake in the park and is the City of Anchorage’s Reservoir. There is a trail that goes around the lake. While the trail is no more than an unused road, the lake is beautiful as well as the surrounding landscape. It’s a nice place to walk around but if you really want to enjoy the area, bike it! This is one of the all time great places to do it.

Many people use the lake to kayak and canoe (no motorboats-it’s our drinking water!). In the winter, it’s a great place to hike and cross country ski and if it’s safe, many people walk on the lake.

On the trail, great views pop in and out of the trees as you travel along the west side of the lake. The long lake is fed by Eklutna Glacier.


I’ve gone to this place in different seasons and recently my trip during the winter has been my favorite!


The lake was frozen and icyicles were everywhere. It was magical. My pup loved it too because there was so much open area to run and explore on and around the lake. Now you could hear the lake make noise to you have to listen and be careful while on the lake.



This place is beautiful during the winter or summer. With each change in the season there is something new. I would definitely reccamend making a trip out here!


To get there take the Glenn Highway north about 26.5 miles to the Eklutna exit, then drive about 10 miles into the mountains to state park parking at the lake. $5 fee or state parking pass required.

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