Smith Lake (Alaska)

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Smith Lake (Athabascan Tr'exwghodegi Troth Yeddha' Bena') is a lake in Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.[1] on the property of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It is triangular in shape, roughly 300 x 300 x 380 m.[2]

The university maintains ecological and hydrological monitoring sites at the lake.[3]


Smith lake is a good wildlife viewing location.[4]

Bird species found at the lake may include Pacific loons, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, American wigeon, northern pintail, northern shoveler, green-winged teal, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, Bonaparte's gull, Wilson's snipe, lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitcher, red-necked phalarope, pectoral sandpiper and Bohemian waxwing.[5]


In winter the frozen surface of Smith Lake is popular with ice skaters and cross-country skiers.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Smith Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ Tohko Kaufmann (1971). "Ecology, Biology and Gonad Morphology of Gerris rufoscutellatus (Hemiptera: Gerridae) in Fairbanks, Alaska". American Midland Naturalist 86(2), 407-416.
  3. ^ Robert W. Lichvar, Gary A. Laursen, Rodney D. Seppelt and Walter R. Ichs (2009). "Selecting and Testing Cryptogam Species for Use in Wetland Delineation in Alaska". Arctic 62(2), 201–211.
  4. ^ "Smith Lake & the University of Alaska Fairbanks Trail System". Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Accessed 11/10/2011.
  5. ^ Sue Guers. "It’s summer in the Interior; American Golden Plovers are back in town". Fairbanks Daily News Miner, 5/18/2011.

Coordinates: 64°51′57″N 147°51′50″W / 64.8658°N 147.8639°W / 64.8658; -147.8639