Lake Hood Tours and Tickets
Alaska is home to three million sparkling lakes, but you won’t want to swim in cement-fringed and square-edged Lake Hood. Three miles southwest of Anchorage, this lake serves as the runway for one of the world’s busiest seaplane hubs. Large swaths of wilderness and remote Alaskan communities are made accessible by seaplanes departing from Lake Hood. Nearly 200 daily flights hydroplane off the water when its not frozen over—to the delight of on-lookers—ferrying supplies or passengers on quests to find grizzlies, caribou, secluded fishing spots and wild mountain and glacier landscapes.
Across from the Five Fingers docks, the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum tells the story of the importance of aviation to the vast state. Bush planes have been instrumental in Alaska’s recent history, and the museum is an homage to both pilot and craft with twenty-five planes housed inside its hanger. The nearby Ted Stevens International Airport for land-based planes is close enough to share an air traffic control tower and the Alaska Airmen’s Association, headquartered in a nook on the lake’s western side, hosts a popular airshow there each May where they raffle off a plane. Fun fact: An Island in the middle of the lake was once home to three pigs named Curly, Larry and Moe tasked with eating eggs and destroying nests of interfering waterfowl.