If you see people swimming outdoors in Anchorage, chances are it is at Goose Lake. Despite being in a central city location, ... More
Goose Lake Park
If you see people swimming outdoors in Anchorage, chances are it is at Goose Lake. Despite being in a central city location, it is filled with thick fir trees circling it and has an area roped off for young swimmers. In winter, there is a maintained ice skating area for public use. Anchorage is the largest city in North America to have nesting loons within its limits, and this lake is a nesting favorite. There are rest area facilities onsite.
Actually spent Christmas Day hiking around this lake. Was visiting from Atlanta. Wanted to get out of the hotel on Christmas Day, but the snow plows were not out in full force due to the holiday. We tried to get to a couple of other larger parks, but the entrances were inaccessible due to the uncleared snow. I remembered seeing a winter picture online of Goose Lake and thought I would give it a try. It was a beautiful drive into the park and it looked like no one had been there that day. The snow was undisturbed and we really enjoyed hiking around the lake. My daughter is a lifeguard and got a kick out of the "No lifeguard on duty" sign on the lifeguard stand which faced a frozen lake covered with snow.
My recommendation - It's a convenient place to get out and cure some cabin fever. It's hard to believe that one is in the city.
For us, it was a memorable experience. I am sure it was quite different from the summer crowds.
Goose Lake is one of my favorite places to spend the day in the summertime. The lake is small, so the water gets warm enough to swim by mid-May. The shore has a sandy beach near the swimming area, and there is a trail around parts of the lake. Other parts are left completely natural.
There's a building near the lake that contains bathrooms with showers, a snack bar, and a boat rental shop. There's also a playground for the kids.
Don't forget your mosquito spray or your camera. Pleanty of mosquitos and a few moose can be sighted here.
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