Eklutna Lake, located approximately thirty miles east-northeast of Anchorage, Alaska, serves as a recreational lake as well as the source of over 90% of the water and about 15% of the electrical power used by the Municipality of Anchorage. Lake water comes from runoff and melting glaciers in the surrounding mountains. The lake extends northward from a major source of its water, Eklutna Glacier, then bends toward the northwest, where it exits into Eklutna River through a hydroelectric dam.
Family members and I hiked the trail along the east shore of the lake this past June. A few of the photos I took on that hike are in this post. The first image below shows the “beach” area on northwestern end of the lake. This is not a normal sandy beach; instead, creeks like the one in the foreground keep much of the surface muddy in the warm season. Dominating the background of the image is Bold Peak at elevation 7522 ft. Eklutna lake was around 900 ft above sea level at the time of this photo.
Olympus E-M1 (18mm, f/8, 1/800 sec, ISO200)
The main hiking trail along the lake shore is actually an ATV road running mostly among the trees uphill from the shore of the lake. The next photo was taken from the edge of the road before clear visibility of the lake from the road is lost. In the distant background, behind the “notch” between Bold Peak on the left and the green slope on the right, you can barely see white mountain tops. That is the location of Eklutna Glacier and a few other glaciers feeding the lake.
Olympus E-M1 (14mm, f/7.1, 1/1000 sec, ISO200)
Every few hundred feet along the road, a path breaks off and takes hikers to a lower level nearer the lake. The photo below was taken from one of those paths. The farther we went, the more dominant Bold Peak became when viewed from those paths.
Olympus E-M1 (25mm, f/8, 1/640 sec, ISO200)
The lake I have photographed the most is Lake Martin, about twenty miles from my home in Southern Louisiana. (See, for example, Sunset at Lake Martin.) No two lakes could be more different than Eklutna Lake and Lake Martin.
Hover your mouse cursor over any marker in the map below to see which photos were taken at that location.