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Big-Lake is a small community located in south-central Alaska, about 60 miles north of Anchorage. The population is approximately 2,700 residents. The community of Big Lake sits along the shores of Big Lake, which is a popular fishing and boating lake in the summer months. Many Anchorage residents own vacation homes in the area. The area around Big Lake was originally settled by the Athabascan Denaina Indians. In the late 1800s, the first sled dog trail was made through the area and into the Talkeetna Mountains, which helped carve the way for homesteaders in the early part of the 20th century. More settlers arriving after World War II, and the area has continued to grow ever since. Activities at Big Lake include boating, fishing, water and jet-skiing, canoeing, ice-fishing, cross country skiing and snowmachining (snowmobiling.) There are public use cabins for rent at Big Lake, picnic areas, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping in the town itself. The lake is also home to a resort that sits right on the lake and offers upscale accommodations and services for weddings and conferences. Big Lake is just west of the town of Wasilla, and just an hour to the city of Anchorage. Close enough for all services and attractions of the city, yet peaceful and quiet with some of the most incredible scenery you'll ever see.

Surrounding areas: Nancy Lake, Alaska (11.8 mi), Willow, Alaska (17.2 mi), Wasilla, Alaska (17.4 mi), Chugiak, Alaska (17.9 mi), Eagle River, Alaska (18.8 mi), Eklutna, Alaska (20.0 mi), Anchorage, Alaska (21.0 mi)

Big Lake Vacation Rentals

Big Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Big Lake MotelBig Lake, AK (907) 892-7976
Windbreak Cafe2201 E Park HwyWasilla, AK17.3 mi.(907) 376-4484
Best Western Lake Lucille Inn1300 W Lk Lucille DrWasilla, AK17.4 mi.(907) 373-1776
Roadside InnWasilla, AK17.4 mi.(907) 373-4646
Trail Masters LLC ( Log Cabin Rentals)HC 30 2150 S Endeavor RdWasilla, AK17.4 mi.(907) 357-4889
Eagle River Microtel13049 Old Glenn HwyEagle River, AK18.1 mi.(907) 622-6000
Eagle River Motel11111 Old Eagle River RdEagle River, AK18.8 mi.(907) 694-5000
Anchorage Grand Hotel505 W 2nd AveAnchorage, AK20.9 mi.(907) 929-8888
Agate Inn4725 Begich CirWasilla, AK20.9 mi.(907) 373-2290
Comfort Inn Heritage Suites111 Ship CRK AveAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 277-6887
Copper Whale Inn440 L StAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 258-7999
Hilton Anchorage500 W 3rd AveAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 272-7411
Historic Anchorage Hotel330 E StAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 272-4553
Microtel Inn & Suites Anchorage5205 N Wood DrAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 245-5002
Ramada Inn Anchorage Downtown115 E 3rd AveAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 272-7561
West Coast International Inn3333 Winternational Airport RAnchorage, AK21.0 mi.(907) 243-2233
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel239 W 4TH AveAnchorage, AK21.1 mi.(907) 793-5500
The Hotel Captain Cook939 W 5th AveAnchorage, AK21.1 mi.(907) 276-6000
The Voyager Hotel501 K StAnchorage, AK21.1 mi.(907) 277-9501
Westmark Anchorage720 W Fifth AveAnchorage, AK21.1 mi.(907) 276-7676
Anchorage Marriott Downtown Hotel820 W 7th AveAnchorage, AK21.2 mi.(907) 279-8000
Days Inn Anchorage321 E 5th AveAnchorage, AK21.2 mi.(907) 276-7226
Sheraton Anchorage Hotel401 E 6TH AveAnchorage, AK21.2 mi.(907) 276-8700
Clarion Suites325 W 8th AveAnchorage, AK21.3 mi.(907) 274-1000
Hawthorn Suites1110 W 8th AveAnchorage, AK21.3 mi.(907) 222-5005
Extented Stay Deluxe108 E 8th AveAnchorage, AK21.4 mi.(907) 868-1605
Travelodge720 Gambell StAnchorage, AK21.4 mi.(907) 277-1511
Inlet Tower Hotel And Suites1200 L StAnchorage, AK21.6 mi.(907) 276-0110
Rodeway Inn Anchorage441 E 15th AveAnchorage, AK21.8 mi.(907) 276-3114
Ramada Ltd Hotel Of Anchcorage207 Muldoon RdAnchorage, AK21.9 mi.(907) 929-7000
Hillside Motel2150 Gambell StAnchorage, AK22.3 mi.(907) 258-6006
Accents On Family Guest Suites2600 Cordova St Suite 100Anchorage, AK22.6 mi.(800) 770-0227
Puffin Place Hotel1058 W 27TH AveAnchorage, AK22.6 mi.(907) 279-1058
Anchorage Springhill Suites By Marriott3401 A StAnchorage, AK23.1 mi.(877) 729-0197
Extended Stay Deluxe700 E 34th StAnchorage, AK23.1 mi.(907) 646-4208
Anchorage Chelsea Inn Corp Dba Chelsea Inn3836 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 276-5002
Residence Inn By Marriott Anchorage1025 35th AveAnchorage, AK23.2 mi.(907) 563-9844
Aaa Mexico Hotel3903 Spenard RdAnchorage, AK23.3 mi.(907) 248-4848
Best Western Garden Lion Hotel1000 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK23.3 mi.(907) 561-1522
Bet Western Golden Lion Hotel1600 E 36TH AveAnchorage, AK23.3 mi.(907) 501-1522

Big Lake Weather & Climate

The south-central region of Alaska has cool summers and bitterly cold winters. The summer weather is tempered by the relatively warm ocean waters to the south and the Alaska Range to the north, which protects it from the very cold temperatures common to interior Alaska. Summer temperatures rise into the 70s, with occasional highs in the 80s, however night time readings may fall into the 40s. Winter temperatures average around 6.4 degrees F. minimum, but may fall to 20 degrees below zero and rise above freezing later on. September is the wettest month of the year. Summertime weather is typically cloudy, although sunny skies are not uncommon. This region receives about 50 inches of snowfall in the winter. There are two glaciers in the area, the Matanuska Glacier and the Knik Glacier. Wind blows off of these glaciers and funnels into the region.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 14°F -5°F 1.08 in. -
February 23°F -2°F 0.88 in. -
March 35°F 6°F 0.81 in. -
April 46°F 21°F 0.92 in. -
May 59°F 33°F 1.04 in. -
June 66°F 43°F 1.51 in. -
July 69°F 48°F 2.14 in. -
August 66°F 45°F 3.12 in. -
September 56°F 36°F 3.54 in. -
October 38°F 20°F 3.12 in. -
November 22°F 3°F 1.59 in. -
December 16°F -2°F 1.91 in. -

Big Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ted Stevens Anchorage International airport (ANC) located about 24 miles south of Big Lake in Anchorage, Alaska and the Palmer Municipal airport (PAQ) located approximately 28 miles east of Big Lake in Palmer, Alaska.

Big Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
Settlers Bay Golf CourseWasillaAK17.7 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseWasillaAK17.7 mi.
Anchorage Golf CourseAnchorageAK21.6 mi.
Par T Golf CourseAnchorageAK21.6 mi.
Russian Jack Springs Golf CourseAnchorageAK21.6 mi.
Tanglewood Lakes Golf ClubAnchorageAK21.6 mi.
Palmer Golf CoursePalmerAK28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
AlpenglowAnchorageAK21.0 mi.
Hilltop Ski AreaAnchorageAK21.0 mi.
Alyeska ResortGirdwoodAK47.8 mi.
State Parks
Chugach State ParkAK32.9 mi. 

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