Lake Hood Seaplane Base

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Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Float planes at Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Airport typePublic
OwnerAlaska DOT&PF - Central Region
ServesAnchorage, Alaska
Elevation AMSL71 ft / 22 m
Coordinates61°10′54″N 149°57′59″W / 61.18167°N 149.96639°W / 61.18167; -149.96639
Lake Hood Seaplane Base is located in Anchorage
Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Lake Hood Seaplane Base is located in Alaska
Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Lake Hood Seaplane Base
Direction Length Surface
ft m
14/32 2,200 671 Gravel/Dirt
10W/28W 4,541 1,384 Water
02W/20W 1,930 588 Water
14W/32W 1,369 418 Water
Statistics (2015)
Aircraft Operations61,900
Based Aircraft1,032
Freight146,000 lbs

Lake Hood Seaplane Base (ICAO: PALH, FAA 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: PALH, FAA 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: PALH, FAA 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. The base has an operating control tower,[1] and during the winter months the frozen lake surface is maintained for ski-equipped airplanes.[3]

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.[4] The airport's ICAO identifier is PALH.[5]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

FAA Alaska airport diagram
Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PALH / LHD) diagram including waterlanes, parking areas and radio frequencies. Published in Supplement Alaska, 27 APR 2017

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[6] with a gravel surface measuring 2,200 by 75 feet (671 x 23 m).[7]

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]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Reeve Air Alaska Gulkana[8]


Carrier shares: (Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)[9]
Carrier   Passengers (arriving and departing)
Reeve Air Alaska
Top domestic destinations:
(Dec 2015 - Nov 2016)[9]
Rank City Airport Passengers
1 Gulkana, AK Gulkana Airport (GKN) 150


  1. ^ a b c d e f FAA Airport Master Record for LHD (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02.
  2. ^ "Alaska Supplement digital - Airport/Facility Directory" (PDF). FAA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-05-21.
  3. ^ "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport - Lake Hood Ice Conditions". State of Alaska. Retrieved 2016-03-02.
  4. ^ "PALH - Anchorage, Alaska (Lake Hood SPB)". Great Circle Mapper. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  5. ^ "Alaskan ICAO Identifiers". Federal Aviation Administration. Archived from the original on 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  6. ^ "Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport - General Aviation". State of Alaska. Retrieved 2012-12-17.
  7. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for Z41 (Form 5010 PDF), effective 2009-07-02
  8. ^ "Reeve Air Destinations". (retrieved January 11, 2017)
  9. ^ a b "Lake Hood, AK: Lake Hood (LHD)". Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), U.S. Department of Transportation. December 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2017.

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