Swan Lake (Alaska)

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Swan Lake
Swan Lake in Sitka 4599.png
Swan Lake in 2011
Location Baranof Island, Alaska
Coordinates 57°03′20″N 135°20′12″W / 57.05556°N 135.33667°W / 57.05556; -135.33667Coordinates: 57°03′20″N 135°20′12″W / 57.05556°N 135.33667°W / 57.05556; -135.33667[1]
Type Artificial
Primary inflows Wrinkleneck Creek, Arrowhead Creek
Primary outflows Kettleson Memorial Library culvert
Catchment area 5 sq mi (13 km2)[2]
Basin countries United States
Max. length .5 mi (0.80 km)
Max. width .1 mi (0.16 km)
Surface area 22 acres (89,000 m2)
Average depth 4.5 ft (1.4 m)
Max. depth 10 ft (3.0 m)
Shore length1 6,600 ft (2,000 m)
Settlements Sitka, Alaska
References [1][2]
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Swan Lake (Tlingit: X̱'wáat' Héen Áakʼu),[3] is a small lake located in the center of the town of Sitka, in Alaska. It is a man-made lake, created during the Russian occupation of Alaska as an income source during the winter. Russians would export ice to southern communities in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. ^ a b "Lake Water Quality Records and Lake Levels - Southeast Alaska" (PDF). USGS. December 18, 2002. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 11, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Swan Lake Watershed Recovery Strategy" (PDF). Redburn Environmental and Regulatory Services. January 2000. p. 13. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  3. ^ Joseph, Charlie; Brady, I.; Makinen, E.; David, R.; Davis, V.; Johnson, A.; Lord, N. (2001). "Sheet'kwaan Aani Aya". Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Archived from the original on July 25, 2008. Retrieved 27 October 2009.