Alaska Day 3 Morning – Skilak Lake

Our transportation on Skilak Lake.

This amazing trip stays amazing every day. We toured Skilak Lake on a boat. There were very few people there, so it seemed we had the whole lake to ourselves. The water was calm and aqua colored because of the glacial silt coming from the glacier at the head of the lake. The lake is ringed by mountains. It was peaceful.

Skilak Lake
Skilak Lake

When we stopped the motor to take in a view, watch some wildlife, or explore the shore, all you heard were bird sounds. There was no other background noise. I think every one of us could have floated on the lake all day.

We explored this shore at Skilak Lake.

We saw Bald Eagles, Herring Gulls building nests, a Spotted Sandpiper, and Harlequin Ducks. The Harlequin Ducks were a special treat. They are stunning birds.

Harlequin Ducks (Histrionicus histrionics)

As the boat cruised through the water, I particularly enjoyed watching the wake. The color of the water was mesmerizing to watch as the wake created small waves.

Wave from the boat wake on Skilak Lake.

Our group split in two for this trip and I was in the first group. The second group saw a Black Bear!

Vegetation growing on the rocks at Skilak Lake.
Herring Gull (Larus argenatus) flying over Skilak Lake.
Herring Gulls (Larus argentatus) sitting on rocks at Skilak Lake.

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