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Valdez Glacier Lake

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Conditions: Valdez Glacier Lake is now free from seasonal ice. Updated: 7 June 17:11


61 ° 8' 51.72" N,
146 ° 10' 0.12" W


Prince William Sound

Nearest City


Tributary to

Valdez Glacier Stream


Valdez Glacier,


210 ft (64.01 m)


Canoeing, Kayaking, Walking About

Valdez Glacier Lake in Detail.

Getting There

Basically a couple miles outside of Valdez there's a flashing yellow light over the highway where you turn on to Airport Rd (left turn if coming from Valdez). And take the road all the way to the end.


Located about 6 miles east of Valdez, Valdez Glacier Lake is a relatively young lake created by the recession of the Valdez Glacier. The glacier extended to the end of the lake up until the 1940's-1950's, but has since receded nearly a mile back. In 2018 the glacier receded roughly 150ft across the face, and in 2019 the glacier has receded approximately 300ft more.

The lake is roughly 640ft deep, after being carved out by Valdez Glacier, is fed by myriad waterfalls and run off along and from Valdez Glacier along with Camica Creek. The average water temperature is usually below the mid 40's.

In winter the lake freezes several feet thick and the lake is used for occasional ice skating when conditions allow (snow free surface), cross-country skiing, snowmachineing/snowmobiling, sledding and winter walks.

Valdez Glacier Lake is dangerous for those not familiar with it. The ice in the lake can be lethal as it shifts. For this reason you will not find companies in Valdez that will rent you a boat.

Valdez Glacier Lake Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Valdez Glacier Lake.

Places Near Valdez Glacier Lake

Washbowl Basin,


Jackson Point,




Valdez Glacier Campground Wall, Lookout Rock, Panorama Point,


Solomon Gulch Dam A, Solomon Gulch Dam B, Solomon Lake Dam,


Duck Flats,


Camicia Glacier, Corbin Glacier, G-g-g-g-g Glacier, Johnson Glacier, Mineral Creek Glacier, Rubin Glacier, Valdez Glacier,


Wowie Zowie,


Ammunition Island, Mineral Creek Islands,


Allison Lake, Crater Lake, Deep Lake, Robe Lake, Solomon Gulch Lake, Solomon Lake, Valdez Glacier Lake,


Airport Chute, Area 51, Cabell Chute, Chuck Junior, Delta Chute, Grant Chute, Jago Chute, Lookout Bowl, Lucky 13, Runner's Delight, Sheepshead Chute, Tombstone Wall,


Prospectors Peak, Abercrombie Mountain, Mount Brookfield, East Peak, Mount Francis, Hogsback, Mount Kate, Mount Logan, Mount Mahlo, Meteorite Mountain, Mummy Mountain, Mount Schrader, Sugarloaf Mountain, Townsend Peak, Valdez Summit, West Peak,


Benzene, Bob's Knob, Mount Bonet, Comstock, Embick, Heidi Peak, High Back, Satellite, Snow Dome, Titan Chair,


Lowe River, Robe River,


Lazy Days, No Floss Necessary, Route number 1, Route number 3, Trim the Bush, Wet Finish,


Dragon's Teeth, Route number 2,


Abercrombie Creek, Allison Creek, Brevier Creek, Brown Creek, Cameron Creek, Camicia Creek, Canyon Slough, Corbin Creek, Crooked Creek, East Fork Mineral Creek, Glacier Creek, Goat Creek, Horsetail Creek, Slater Creek, Valdez Glacier Stream, Wood Creek,


Area 51 Access Trail, Dayville Power Line Trail, Dock Point Trail, Mount Francis Winter Trail, High School Hill, High School Hill to Summit Trail, High School Hill Water Tower Trail, Hogsback Trail, John Hunter Memorial Trail, Levee to Valdez Glacier Trail, Lost Toque Trail, Mineral Creek Stamp Mill Trail, Northern Robe Lake Trail, River Drive Trail, Robe River Hogsback Access Trail, Solomon Gulch Valdez Overlook Spur, Southern Robe Lake Trail, Valdez Bike Path, Valdez Overlook Trail,


Abercrombie Gulch, Goat Gully, Solomon Gulch, Sulphide Gulch,


Old Valdez,