Lake Hood Seaplane Base

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Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Float planes at Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Airport type Public
Owner Alaska DOT&PF - Central Region
Serves Anchorage, Alaska
Elevation AMSL 71 ft / 22 m
Coordinates 61°10′54″N 149°57′59″W / 61.18167°N 149.96639°W / 61.18167; -149.96639
Direction Length Surface
ft m
E/W 4,540 1,384 Water
N/S 1,930 588 Water
NW/SE 1,370 418 Water
Statistics (2005)
Aircraft operations 69,400
Based aircraft 781

Lake Hood Seaplane Base (ICAO: PALHFAA LID: LHD) is a state-owned seaplane base located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Anchorage in the U.S. state of Alaska.[1] The Lake Hood Strip (ICAO: PALHFAA LID: LHD) is a gravel runway located adjacent to the seaplane base. The gravel strip airport's previous code of (FAA LID: Z41) has been decommissioned and combined with (ICAO: PALHFAA LID: LHD) as another landing surface.[2]

Operating continuously and open to the public, Lake Hood is the world's busiest seaplane base, handling an average of 190 flights per day. It is located on Lakes Hood and Spenard, next to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, three miles from downtown Anchorage.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Lake Hood is assigned LHD by the FAA[1] but has no designation from the IATA.[3] The airport's ICAO identifier is PALH.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

FAA Alaska airport diagram

Lake Hood Seaplane Base has three seaplane landing areas: E/W is 4,540 by 188 feet (1,384 x 57 m); N/S is 1,930 by 200 feet (588 x 61 m); NW/SE is 1,370 by 150 feet (418 x 46 m).[1]

Lake Hood Strip has one runway designated 14/32[5] with a gravel surface measuring 2,200 by 75 feet (671 x 23 m).[6]

For 12-month period ending August 1, 2005, the seaplane base had 69,400 aircraft operations, an average of 190 per day: 88% general aviation, 12% air taxi and <1% military. There are 781 aircraft based at this seaplane base: 97% single engine and 3% multi-engine.[1]

Lake Hood Seaplane Base and Gravel Strip 
Lake Hood Seaplane Base - including Lake Spenard 


  1. ^ a b c d e FAA Airport Master Record for LHD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ "Alaska Supplement digital - Airport/Facility Directory" (PDF). FAA. Retrieved 2014-05-21. 
  3. ^ "PALH - Anchorage, Alaska (Lake Hood SPB)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Alaskan ICAO Identifiers". Federal Aviation Administration. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport - General Aviation". State of Alaska. Retrieved 2012-12-17. 
  6. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for Z41 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02

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