Anchorage

Anchorage’s Campbell Lake, long closed to the public, begins to open up

Storm Campbell Lake, campbell lake

Jeff Landfield, editor of the Alaska Landmine, spent much of the day Saturday handing out burgers and hotdogs at a party in the middle of frozen Campbell Lake, possibly the first time such a public event had ever happened on the large lake in South Anchorage.

Storm Campbell Lake, campbell lake

In September, Landfield and Paxson Woelber reported on the history of the man-made lake and attempts to limit public access to it. Through their reporting they were able to determine that the public is allowed to recreate on the lake, provided they legally access it.

Storm Campbell Lake, campbell lake

Landfield then organized a GoFundMe campaign, which raised funds to have a surveyor mark two easements which provide legal access to the lake. Many of the over 100 people that came to the lake on Saturday used the easements, including Anchorage assembly member John Weddleton, who skied around the lake on a groomed track.

Storm Campbell Lake, campbell lake


Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at loren@adn.com.

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