If you’ve yet to set eyes on an iceberg, here’s your chance. This lake sits at the terminus of the Valdez Glacier and is often home to chunks of ice that are making a go of it on their own. It’s a nice place to get unimpeded views of the Chugach Mountains and the Valdez Glacier. And with the warming climate, it’s a place worth seeing before the glacier retracts farther than it already has.
In fact, the ice on this glacier has been more or less retreating for the last 10,000 years. At that time, this part of the Chugach was buried under more than 2,000 feet of ice. What’s there now is certainly notable, but try looking at the Valdez Glacier with the perspective of how small it has become. Look for features on the mountains that may indicate past ice levels, such as horizontal “ledges,” and U-shaped valleys rather than V-shaped.
Turn off the Richardson Highway and onto the Valdez Airport Road. Take this road past the airport, and keep going straight. Within a mile of the airport you’ll merge right with the Glacier Campground Road and follow it for about a mile to the open sandpits bordering the lake.