The Westchester Lagoon is a combination of two artificial lakes which form a coastal lagoon near Downtown Anchorage, Alaska. On the lagoons western end, a raised, earthen levee offers right of way for the Alaska Railroad. The levee separates the lagoon from Cook Inlet's Knik Arm, although a large culvert allows spawning salmon swimming upstream from Cook Inlet to use the Chester Creek outflow they will find there. The Tony Knowles Coastal Trail system passes this end of the lagoon, before turning east and passing the Bootleggers Cove neighborhood to the north of the lagoon and continuing further inland into Anchorage. The lagoons eastern boundary is Spenard Road. To the south are single and multi-family homes, Hillcrest Drive and West Anchorage High School. The lagoon is bisected by Minnesota Drive, forming two distinct lakes.Plan your Westchester Lagoon visit and explore what else you can see and do in Anchorage using our Anchorage day trip planning tool.
The lagoon, as well as its man-made islands and parks make up the Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park. Since 1975, the Municipality of Anchorage has designated the park a waterfowl sanctuary.
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A fairly birdy place. Great for nesting red necked grebes. Lot's of other waterfowl in transit. Not too big and can scope in less than 1/2 hour. Bummer that there are some homeless camps along...
A fairly birdy place. Great for nesting red necked grebes. Lot's of other waterfowl in transit. Not too big and can scope in less than 1/2 hour. Bummer that there are some homeless camps along... more »
In Winter, families ice skate, walk their children, or drink in the beauty of the water framed by snowy mountains. Runners exercising and locals enjoying the serenity. Located walking distance from..... more
In Winter, families ice skate, walk their children, or drink in the beauty of the water framed by snowy mountains. Runners exercising and locals enjoying the serenity. Located walking distance from..... more »
This is a central spot in Anchorage where paved trails come together forming a interchange to get nearly anywhere the 100miles of paved trails can take you. Summer it offers peaceful views. Winter offers skating and cross country skiing. Any one looking for a little family time or just a little peace of mind should stop in at the lagoon.
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