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Portage Lake

Quick Facts

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60 ° 46' 10.413" N,
148 ° 48' 22.261" W




118 ft (35.97 m)


Portage Lake in Detail.

Getting There

From Anchorage head down the Seward Highway, go around 40 miles and turn left on to Portage Glacier Rd. The turn will be just past the train station as the highway makes a wide sweeping hook to the right. Head into Portage Lake there are good signs several miles down the road pointing to the visitors center and parking.


Portage Lake was a popular attraction from Anchorage, so much so that they built the visitors center. Up until around the turn of the century the west end of lake would fill with icebergs as they would stack against the shore. As the glaciers retreated the calving left the lake to be stranded on the shore. These days occasionally a small chunk of glacier ice will float down the lake every so often, but nothing close to its prime.

The lake is still beautiful and the visitors center is still operational. If heading down that way Portage Lake is still worth the drive out and for anyone who's never been there before the visitors center is still worth going inside to see.


Naming: Local name, derived from nearby Portage Glacier, which used to cross the end of the lake at the time of its naming. The glacier was named such because it was the major glacier along the portage path between Prince William Sound and Turnagain Arm.

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