Summit Lake (Chugach National Forest)

Summit Lake (or Upper Summit Lake)[1] is located on Canyon Creek in the Chugach National Forest, Alaska, United States and is situated along the Seward Highway (AK-1) 10 miles (16 km) north-northeast of Moose Pass and about 23 miles (37 km) southwest of the Portage area of Anchorage.[2] The lake is fed by Canyon Creek from the southwest and Tenderfoot Creek from the east. The lake empties into Canyon Creek on the northeast, which flows through Lower Summit Lake, into Six Mile Creek, and eventually into the Turnagain Arm of the Cook Inlet. (However, the lake is not connected with the nearby Summit Creek, which runs about 1 mile [1.6 km] from the southwest shore of Summit Lake and whose waters flow southwest from the far side of the summit toward Kenai Lake and Skilak Lake before reaching the Cook Inlet.)

Summit Lake
Looking across Summit Lake from the edge of Seward Highway near Summit Lodge
Summit Lake
Location of Summit Lake within the
State of Alaska
LocationChugach National Forest, Alaska
United States
Coordinates60°37′53″N 149°30′31″W
TypeNatural lake
Primary inflowsCanyon Creek & Tenderfoot Creek
Primary outflowsCanyon Creek
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area258 acres (104 ha)[1]
Average depth48.1 feet (14.7 m)[1]
Max. depth70 feet (21 m)[1]
Water volume51,928,350 cubic yards (39,702,070 m3)[1]
Shore length13.3 miles (5.3 km)[1]
Surface elevation1,266 feet (386 m)[1]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Summit Lake Lodge is located just off the Seward Highway on the north shore of Summit Lake[3] and the Tenderfoot Creek Campground is located directly south of the lodge, but on the east shore of the lake.[4] A restoration of a former ski area has been proposed for the area as well, but has substantial obstacles that must be overcome before it can be rebuilt.[5][6][7]

The lake has a natural population of both Dolly Varden and Lake trout, but is also stocked annually with fingerling Rainbow trout.[8]

See also


  1. "Upper Summit Lake: Bathymetric Map and Fishing Information". Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  2. Google (30 Dec 2015). "Summit Lake, Kenai Peninsula Borough, AK" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  3. "Getting to Summit Lake Lodge". Summit Lake Lodge. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  4. "Tenderfoot Creek Campground". United States Forest Service. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  5. Fields, Zach (7 May 2015). "New Ski Resort near Summit Lake?: Entrepreneurs propose family ski resort on Manitoba Mountain". Anchorage Press. Anchorage, Alaska: Wick Communications. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  6. "Chugach National Forest Proposed Ski Areas: 1982-1986". Alaska Lost Ski Areas Project. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  7. "Location". Manitoba Mountain Ski Area Restoration Project. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.
  8. "Stocked Lakes on the Kenai Peninsula" (PDF). Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Mar 2010. p. 6. Retrieved 30 Dec 2015.

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