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Westchester Lagoon, Anchorage

#19 of 50 in Parks in Anchorage
Lookout · Hidden Gem · Park
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.

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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  • 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 »
  • The lagoon is actually 2 artificial lakes with man-made islands and is very popular with the locals for walking and kayaking. It is also a bird sanctuary with heaps of different wildlife.  more »
  • Good place to catch the morning sun and a workout.
  • Beautiful place to go too. Do NOT SKIP OUT! I SAY AGAIN DO NOT SKIP ON THIS PLACE.

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