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Summer is almost gone, but the action is still hot at Little Campbell Lake

  • Author: Bob Hallinen
  • Updated: September 7, 2018
  • Published September 6, 2018

It is the first day of September and the temperature is in the 50s, but it is Saturday in Anchorage and the sunshine is full on. That means, for a bunch of Anchorage residents, head for the lake.

People enjoy the warmth and sunshine on the first day of September at Little Campbell Lake. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Little Campbell Lake, tucked away in a corner of Kincaid Park, lives up to part of its name. It is one of the smallest of the many small lakes in the Anchorage Bowl. Take a right down a short gravel road at the entrance of Kincaid Park and you can find this hidden gem.

Wolfgang and Elaine Junge kayak across Little Campbell Lake on Saturday. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Wolfgang and Elaine Junge were there with their kayaks. The long-time Anchorage residents said this was the first time they have been to the lake. After finishing their paddle on the lake, Elaine loaned her kayak to a girl who was having her senior photographs taken.

A swimmer dives off the dock past a family fishing at Little Campbell Lake. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

On this Saturday a steady stream of people and dogs came and went. People fished from the dock and fishing tubes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game stocks the lake with fish every year.

Justin Harris gets some swimming training in at Little Campbell Lake. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Justin Harris was there training to keep in shape after competing in a 10K swim in Sitka. He is planning to swim the Catalina Channel next year.

Avery Steadman looks on as her brother, Soren Steadman, throws a stick for Jorgie at Little Campbell Lake. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Jorgie was at the lake bringing his stick to anyone who would throw it into the water so he could splash out and retrieve it. Shawna Whaley said they were thinking Jorgie would settle down as he transitions out of puppyhood but at times like this he is relentless.

Jorgie charges into Little Campbell Lake to retrieve a stick thrown by Shawna Whaley. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

As paddleboarders crossed the lake, a family arrived to blow up their rubber rafts and a couple sat on a bench and surveyed the activity at the busy little lake.

Water plants float on the surface of Little Campbell Lake.   (Bob Hallinen / ADN)