Lake Spenard
Lake Spenard
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With Lake Hood, to which it is joined by canals, Lake Spenard is considered to be the largest floatplane harbor in the world.
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mariaveter
Seward, AK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012
One of mine and my husband's favorite things to do in Anchorage is to sit in he millennium hotel restaurant terrace, drink wine, stare at the water and watch bush planes taking off and landing. The nicest time is sunset.
Written November 18, 2012
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Cap Chastain
Anchorage, AK17,597 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Out in the near vicinity of the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, you have one area or venue or attraction that is, in an overall sense, composed of two separate, individual lakes with a connecting waterway between them. One lake to the East is Lake Spenard. The other lake to the West is Lake Hood. The connecting waterway is the Hood Canal.

Here in Anchorage there is a tendency by the locals to throw a figurative blanket over the entire area and call this one area Lake Hood or perhaps to call it Hood Lake.

My photos in this post show Lake Spenard proper, either in the background behind some float planes or in the immediate foreground. I am posting both some summer, autumn and winter photos. My wife considers this to be an excellent attraction. I consider it to be average. So we have compromised and are rating Lake Spenard as a very good attraction.

To be honest, in the spring / summer / autumn months, when the lake is a lake not a frozen sheet of ice covered with snow as it now is, it truly is an excellent attraction because of the action and the noise and the excitement of the float planes taking off and returning.

IF you, as a visitor, visit Lake Spenard, you certainly may want to also see Lake Hood, the Seaplane Base and the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.
Written November 25, 2017
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dianel103
Lake Placid, FL231 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Lake Spenard is an amphibious plane center. All around the edge of the lake sea planes are tied to the shore. Every hour a sea plane is taking off our landing. Excursions can be booked. Off in the distance is Anchorage International Airport. How this sea plane center and an international airport exist alongside of one another is mystifying.
Written September 3, 2017
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Lisa S
Atlanta, GA85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
We stopped by after a full day and had lots of fun watching the seaplanes land and take off. There is a little park that has picnic tables and benches, so you can enjoy watching the planes there. There is also a small playground for kids. Would be a fun family activity.
Written June 27, 2017
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,817 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
We stopped here to view the lake and all the float planes taking off and landing on the water. So many little sea planes in one area! The lake is very beautiful and so are the surroundings. An Alaskan way of travel from town to town and to remote areas.
Written July 1, 2016
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Jay_Hoeft
Anchorage, AK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Our daughter loves airplanes and we'll bring her here to watch little airplanes land and take off from the lake. You can also book a airplane tour, but we never did it
Written January 16, 2016
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Karen M
Miami, FL36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
Busiest floatplane airport in the world. Great photo opportunities. If you want to hear the ATC chatter hang out at Rust's at the picnic tables by their FBO.....
Written September 15, 2015
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Orangegator
Houston, TX153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Family
If you are aviation buffs and really like float planes, this is an excellent place to spend an hour or two with your beer, watching the float planes take off and land.
Written July 29, 2013
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houstonnative47
Missouri City, TX1,050 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
We drove the whole area with some friends and have never seen so many seaplanes before. I liked that each plane had their own little shed or house near their plane. It was an interesting experience!
Written July 22, 2013
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Positivetravler
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013
Not crowded .. Perfect place to watch float planes.. Some families were having picnic which seem like a good idea as it is not very crowded... Don't forget your mosquito spray !!
Written July 7, 2013
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