Mendenhall Lake

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Mendenhall Lake
Frozen Lake of Juneau's Mendenhall Glacier.JPG
The lake, mostly frozen over, and the Mendenhall Glacier
LocationJuneau, Alaska
Coordinates58°25′24″N 134°34′10″W / 58.42333°N 134.56944°W / 58.42333; -134.56944 (Mendenhall Lake (Juneau))Coordinates: 58°25′24″N 134°34′10″W / 58.42333°N 134.56944°W / 58.42333; -134.56944 (Mendenhall Lake (Juneau))[1]
Primary inflowsMendenhall Glacier, Steep Creek, Nugget Creek
Primary outflowsMendenhall River
Basin countriesUnited States of America
Max. width1.8 miles (2.9 km)[1]
Surface elevation52 ft (16 m)[1]

Mendenhall Lake is a proglacial lake in the Mendenhall Valley at the 1962 terminus of Mendenhall Glacier, 3 miles (4.8 km) North of the Juneau City and Borough Airport in the Coast Mountains. It is the source of the short Mendenhall River.[1] The lake is included in the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area of the Tongass National Forest.[2]


Like other geographic features with Mendenhall in their title, Mendenhall Lake is named for physicist and meteorologist Thomas Corwin Mendenhall.

Local name derived from the Mendenhall Glacier and published in 1962 by United States Geological Survey. In 1909, the lake was called McCush Lake by miners because Neil McCush had mining property near it (DeArmond, 1957, p. 31).[1]


Melting ice on Mendenhall Lake near the start of the Mendenhall River with Nugget Falls in the background. For reference, the glacier is to the left and visitor center to the right.

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