Huge congratulations for our Borough Assembly Representative Dan Mayfield for his tireless and successful effort over many years in finally securing a legal right-of-way agreement for access in perpetuity of the Flat Lake landing area for trail users, commerce, and area residents! As Dan indicated in his recent Facebook announcement, a ribbon cutting ceremony will likely take place after the land deal with the current owner (MHTL) is complete with the new owner (Mat-Su Borough), sometime around the upcoming June summer solstice. Residents and recreationist who make use of this landing area are asked to help tidy up prior to the public ribbon ceremony, as currently some trash exists within the landing, especially used styrofoam and wood remnants from retired old boat docking, and if you know who is directly responsible for such, please notify them asap. As a reminder, the landing area is a legal right-of-way crossing point between Flat Lake and Mirror Lake (also known as Mud Lake), and it is not a permanent storage lot for boats, skiffs, trailers, debris, building supplies, and vehicles.
Dan Kruse, Flat Lake resident 6-7-17
At The Landing
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Nice shots of the ice going out!
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Images of Flat Lake and Red Shirt Lake.
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The ice roads are starting to get a bit wet and slushy. There's still plenty of ice, at least for now.
Rob Nuss 4-2-17
Beautiful shot of the icicles hanging from the roof.
Bob Shem March 2017
This is what boiling water looks like when you fling it in sub-zero temps.
Carolyn Haggard - January 2017
Cool looking clouds in the mornings this week!
Mixed weather on Labor Day weekend. Beautiful Saturday, dry Sunday, and absolutely soggy on Monday.
Pray for snow this year!!
An aerial view of the floating portion of the Craig Johnson remembrance of life.
Greg Gursey 7-9-16
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Tuesday, 10/17/17. It's a chilly, frosty morning on Flat Lake. The low this morning was 23. The forecast today calls for sunny skies with a high close to 40. The low tonight is forecast to be in the low 20s. Tomorrow is expected to be sunny again, with a high around 40. Water temperature at our dock is currently 46.7 F.
The lake water temperature has been dropping more than a degree per day. When the water temperature reaches 39 degrees, the lake will start freezing if air temperatures are below 32 and winds are calm. If the forecasts are accurate, my guess is that we may start seeing some ice around the shorelines by this weekend. The lake near the Wasilla sports center on Clapp Rd. was mostly skimmed over yesterday afternoon when we drove by.
I guess it’s time for the annual explanation of how the lake starts freezing, in a process known as “lake turnover”. As always, thanks to Larry Taylor for educating us originally.
The temperature at which water achieves its maximum density is about 39 degrees. When the air temperatures drop and chill the lake water, the water at the surface cools off until it reaches a temperature of 39. Because it is more dense at that temperature than the water below, it sinks and forces the warmer water below to rise to the surface. That water is then exposed to the cold air, and it, too, cools down to 39 degrees and sinks, pushing warmer water up to the surface again. This process continues until all the water from top to bottom is 39 degrees. At that point, the layer of water on top no longer sinks, and remains exposed to the cold air. That’s when it has a chance to continue getting colder, until it reaches 32 degrees and turns to ice. That generally happens very quickly if air temperatures are below freezing and winds are calm.
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page entitled"Camp"Tukuskoya" The page focuses on the early days of the camp, but there's a lot to see in the backgrounds of the images as well. Accompanying the images is a first hand recollection from one of the early campers.
If you have old pictures of the lake and would like to send them to me, I'd be happy to put together another page.
A beautiful day for a kayak outing.
A very Flat Lake!
A nice quiet evening.
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What a beautiful weekend! Lots of much deserved sunshine. But with a sign of things to come, my deck had a hint of frost on Sunday morning.
From a west-ender
I wanted to report a issue that a neighbor caught on Friday 6/30 in the parking lot at Flat Lake.
A white Ford pulled up and stole empty fuel tanks off my truck and was siphoning out diesel from my tank.
The pictures of the truck and license plates are above. Everyone should be on alert. He stole about 1/4 tank and 2 fuel cannisters.
I very happy to report that the Assembly approved the purchase of the Flat Lake access this evening at our regular meeting. This purchase ensures that this overland passage will continue to provide a safe public access to Mud Lake and Flat Lake, provide access to trails and promote commerce in our community in perpetuity.
Having worked on this result for many years now, even before I was on the Assembly, I am very pleased with this decision. I expect the Borough will host a ribbon cutting event in the following weeks, after closing on the purchase. Please keep your eye out for the invitation.
Thank you to all who provided written testimony in support of this Ordinance.
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Summer has arrived on Flat Lake! Other than the remains of some snow berms that are still stuck to some north facing shorelines, the ice is gone from Flat Lake and Mud Lake. Big Lake is still mostly covered in ice, but we're seeing some areas starting to open up, especially on the east end.
The first photo was taken on Monday. Jake was out breaking ice in his skiff. He wasn't alone; there were several "Westenders" out there, and we managed to make it all the way to the islands from the channel, but the ice was still pretty tough.
The aerial photo was taken by Craig Taylor on Wednesday morning. Amazing how much open water developed in two days.
As you can see from the next mirror image pic, our cove was ice-free last night.
There was still a good sized area of floating ice visible this morning in the east end of Flat Lake, but it was all gone by later this afternoon.
The last two pics are of Big Lake, and were taken early this evening from South Big Lake Rd. The first is the Starboard Cove area. Big areas of open water were starting develop. The last photo is the area near Marshall Point. Still pretty much solid, but with temperatures warming into the 60s, and the breezy weather, it won't take long now!
Carolyn Haggard 5-9-17
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The latest shots of the ice conditions.
Carolyn Haggard 4-27-17
We had an interesting visitor Saturday evening. While we were in doing the dishes, this little guy got up on the table and decided to do a bit of wine tasting.It didn't get too far, but it was fun to watch.
Carolyn sent in a couple shots from over the weekend.
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The crack on the road to the north shore. I hope this heals soon....
Carolyn Haggard - March 2017
Cool shot of a bubble that froze before popping and landed on a snowy tree limb.
Carolyn Haggard - January 2017
Beautiful sunrise. Thanks to
A beautiful night after a gorgeous day! I'm loving this summer!
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