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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.