Portage Lake - Alaska's Most Visited Water body
There are approximately 3 million lakes in the glacially dense region of Alaska. Of these, Portage Lake has gained a lot of tourist attention and has become the North American Mecca for snow related extreme sports including snowboarding, cross-country skiing, hiking, skating and mountain biking. Professional as well as amateur skiers, flock to the lake during the "crust skiing season" to participate in the various competitions that are organized. Cruises and short expeditions are popular activities among tourists. Portage Glacier Cruises conducts short cruises and gives visitors an opportunity to behold the face of the glacier from a close distance. Recreational boating, which was previously illegal on account of the danger of icebergs is another favorite pastime among locals and visitors alike. However, adequate precautions are to be taken to prevent accidents and mishaps. Swimming is strictly forbidden however due to the freezing temperatures prevalent all year round. Portage Lake falls under the purview of the Chugach National Forest of Alaska and has been one of the states prime tourist hotspots since 1914. The vinyl fridge magnet portrays a striking image of the snow covered Portage Lake in all its splendor and makes for an excellent holiday souvenir.
Interesting Facts about Alaska
Alaska is a massive geographically diverse landmass that is reportedly twice the size of Texas. It is the 49th state in the US of A and is home to the country's largest oil reserve. The state also has thriving seafood and fishing industry, and is the key supplier of crab, salmon, herring and halibut to the rest of the nation. Anchorage is the largest and most populous city in Alaska. The indigenous people of the region are known as Alaska native and comprise of the Aleut, Eskimo and several other groups.