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Eklutna Lake

Kayak on the placid water framed by snow-capped mountains and rent a snowmobile or skis to get around the lake.

Eklutna Lake is a huge body of water surrounded by picturesque trails through snowy mountains in Chugach State Park. The blue ice of a glacier adds to the ethereal glow of this majestic site, where many species of plant grow. Gaze up at Bashful Peak, which looms over the lake as the park’s tallest point.

Hikers are drawn to this part of the state park for its many lakeside trails. Try the 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) Twin Peaks Trail, which is fairly strenuous. Climb up to an alpine meadow to take photos of the snow-capped mountaintops of the Twin Peaks.

Another steep walk is the Bold Ridge Trail, which reaches an elevation of 3,600 feet (1,100 meters). Relish the stunning complexion of the lake, which is a sparkling focus of the snowy countryside. Pick berries and gaze up at Bold Peak, a mountain of 7,552 feet (2,293 meters) that experienced hikers often climb.

For a much easier walk, take your family on the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. The long path continues for 13 miles (21 kilometers) and is perfect for cycling, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Follow the trail around a large stretch of the lake’s shore and reach the Eklutna Glacier.

Stay at one of the 50 campsites situated around the lake. Public use cabins are also available. Sit with a picnic in front of the turquoise water and relish the quiet of nature. Go kayaking on the placid lake with calm winds.

Head north to the small village of Eklutna, which is famous for the Old St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church and its cemetery. Peruse the eerie spirit houses and wooden structures.

Camping, parking and cabin fees vary. Get weather and price information at the Eklutna visitor center, operated by Lifetime Adventures, which is open from morning to evening between mid-May and early September.

Eklutna Lake is in the northern section of Chugach State Park. From the city center of Anchorage, drive northeast for 40 miles (65 kilometers) past the Knik River to reach the lake. Bold Airport is a small transportation hub at the southern point of the water.


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Lodging Near Eklutna Lake

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Butte's Bethel Farm B&B

Butte's Bethel Farm B&B

18175 E Walling Dr., Palmer
4.5
of 5, from 11 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Reindeer Farm and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Bodenburg Butte. Pioneer Peak and Palmer Visitor Information Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places ~ The Campbell House!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places ~ The Campbell House!

1540 Inner Springer Loop, Palmer
4.9
of 5, from 16 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Palmer, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Arkose Brewery, Palmer Golf Course, and Palmer Visitor Information Center. Musk Ox Farm and Palmer Research Center and Matanuska Experiment Farm are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$89
Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages

Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages

950 S. Trunk Road, Palmer
4.5
of 5, from 75 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gateway, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Palmer Visitor Information Center, Musk Ox Farm, and Iditarod Trail Headquarters. Reindeer Farm is 14.5 mi (23.3 km) away.

The Cozy Nest Vacation Home

The Cozy Nest Vacation Home

1855 S Chugach St, Palmer
4.7
of 5, from 3 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Palmer, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arkose Brewery, Palmer Golf Course, and Palmer Visitor Information Center. Musk Ox Farm and Palmer Research Center and Matanuska Experiment Farm are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Knik River Lodge

Knik River Lodge

29979 E Knik River Rd, Palmer
4.7
of 5, from 17 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located near the slopes, this Palmer lodge is in the mountains and within 16 mi (25 km) of Pioneer Peak, Reindeer Farm, and Bodenburg Butte. Musk Ox Farm and Palmer Golf Course are also within 25 mi (40 km).

$64
Abby's Place

Abby's Place

405 N. Old Trunk Rd., Palmer
5.0
of 5, from 10 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Gateway, this bed & breakfast is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Palmer Research Center and Matanuska Experiment Farm and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Mat-Su Visitors Center. Iditarod Trail Headquarters and Palmer Visitor Information Center are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$69
Eagle Hotel

Eagle Hotel

918 S Colony Way, Palmer
2.8
of 5, from 73 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Palmer, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Palmer Visitor Information Center, Arkose Brewery, and Palmer Golf Course. Musk Ox Farm is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

$85
Grand View Inn and Suites

Grand View Inn and Suites

2900 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla
3.6
of 5, from 277 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Dorothy G. Page Museum and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Alaska Live Steamers. Iditarod Trail Headquarters and Palmer Research Center and Matanuska Experiment Farm are also within 6 mi (10 km).