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Moose Flats
Located in Portage Valley on the neck of the Kenai Peninsula, Moose Flats Day Use Area is one of many stops along the Portage Highway. At this developed site you will find picnic areas along the ponds, these ponds are a popular swimming hole for locals on the rare warm summer Alaska day.
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Tern Lake
Description: The easily accessible Tern Lake wildlife viewing area provides visitors to the Kenai Peninsula with an excellent opportunity to view a diversity of Alaska wetland animals. Located along the Seward Highway, the site features a large vehicle pullout next to beautiful Tern Lake Surrounded by rugged mountains, the wetlands of Tern Lake provide critical habitat for a variety of Alaskan animals. From the viewing area visitors can observe wildlife in wetland, edge, stream and alpine habitats.

Wildlife to Watch: The Tern Lake area hosts a myriad of animals, birds, fish and unique plants. Insect-eating sundews, bog rosemary and cottongrass grace the floating mats of vegetation in the lake. Common loons, bald eagles, arctic terns share the area with a variety of song birds and shorebirds like the northern waterthrush, golden-crowned sparrow and the greater yellowlegs. Beavers, river otters, muskrats and salmon ply the cold, clear waters of Tern Lake. Moose, Dall's sheep and mountain goats can be seen on the surrounding mountains.

Special Tips: Mammals can best be viewed in the early morning or late evening at Tern Lake. These twilight hours provide the greatest chance of catching a glimpse of these wetland animals. Remember, all wildlife is WILD! Never approach wild animals and use "bear sense" when travelling on the Kenai Peninsula.

Ownership: USDA Forest Service, Chugach NF, Seward Ranger District 
Size: N/A 
Closest Town: Moose Pass, AK

Facilities:
ParkingSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
Summer

Tern Lake - Photo by USDA Forest Service
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Driving Directions:
Tern Lake is located at the intersection of the Seward and Sterling Highways, at milepost 37 of the Seward Highway.

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Tern Lake : Wildlife Viewing Area