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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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3498 Lakeshore Drive, Anchorage, AK 99517
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

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...More

1  Thank kanbaatar
Reviewed 4 September 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...More

1  Thank dianel103
Reviewed 3 September 2017

They take off and land on the lake. You need to walk down the road to see most of the take offs... but interesting to watch the planes..

Thank connnie b
Reviewed 2 September 2017

The lake is spectacular even if it happens to be a rainy day. We walked around the lakefront several times and then took a float plane to see the scenery from above.

Thank dmflord
Reviewed 28 June 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...More

1  Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful float plane base. Lots of activity. Very relaxing to watch the planes take off and land. What a hoot watching a pickup tow a float plane around like you would see being fine with a boat most other places.

Thank TAMAN1951
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Lake close to the city and full of small float planes.Unusual sight so close to airport and hotels. All makes and configeration of float aircraft.

Thank Gunner do
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We sat on the patio of The Lakefront hotel and watched the float planes landing and taking off and there were many of them. Apparently more people own a small plane in Alaska than anywhere else and I can believe it. Its fascinating watching them...More

Thank Jill C
Reviewed 13 September 2016

There is parking on the north side of the lake with a little park. The lake is beautiful and I walked all the way around it. There is also parking at the DOT where I viewed the planes taking off over Lake Spenard and Lake...More

Thank isaw500
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Not a better place in the world to watch floatplanes at the worlds largest and busiest seaplane base! You can walk around the lake, it's a 4 mile walk.

Thank captTK
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