Big Lake

Getting There

Anchorage Car 1 hour
Talkeetna Car 1 hour 10 mins

How Long to Spend

1 - 2 days

The small community with Big Lake at its center has long been an escape for locals. In summer, it comes alive with boaters, anglers, waterskiers, and swimmers. In fact, on warm, 70- to 80-degree days, everyone is jumping in. And, since it’s just a 75-minute drive north of Anchorage, Big Lake offers a convenient retreat from the bustling city.

During the winter months, Big Lake transforms into a winter wonderland. Ice fishing tents pop up and pepper the lake, with anglers drilling through the frozen surface to try their luck catching Arctic char and other cold-water fish. The area also draws snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.

For those seeking a place to stay, the Big Lake North and Big Lake South recreation sites offer well-maintained campsites as well as a boat launch. You’ll also find charming small lodges, cabin and yurt rentals, and cozy bed and breakfast accommodations.

Big Lake is also a hub for mushers, with access to miles of wilderness trails to train their teams. In summer and winter, you can join a dog mushing kennel tour and witness the incredible bond between mushers and their loyal canine companions.

Getting There

From Anchorage, drive north on the Glenn Highway (1) from Anchorage, then continue onto the Parks Highway (3) until you reach Big Lake Road. The drive takes about an hour and 15 minutes. Big Lake also makes a good pit stop for a tour or picnic for visitors driving further north to destinations like Talkeetna or Denali.

Things to Do in Big Lake


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Land Recreation & Sports
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On the Water

Where to Stay