Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Auke1 intro

This is the content of the 1st in a 3-part sign array on Auke Lake Trail. See also the other 2 panels: Auke2  geo and Auke3 biocultural

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Auke Lake Trail
Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation: 30 ft Difficulty: easy
Ownership: CBJ Notes: Other nearby trails include Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail (0.2 mi)
at Auke Bay School, and the Housing-to-Gym Trail (0.4 mi).
Tread Lightly! • Please don’t pick wild flowers.
• Do not feed wildlife. Pack it out • Carry out all trash.

Aerial photography, June 9, 2006, City and Borough of Juneau. Terrestrial contours 50 feet. Lake contours 1 meter.

Cultural hub, evolution of the trail

Before discovery of gold in 1880, Auke Bay was the cultural hub of southern Lynn Canal. The bay and lake were natural choices for canoe-based people who gathered their food from stream and sea. The mile-long, south-facing gravel beach with raised, rich-soil benches for gardens and longhouses was sheltered from the gales of Gastineau. Spring herring runs lured salmon, sea birds and marine mammals. Close at hand was the sockeye run at Áak’w–Little Lake– from which the Áak’w Kwáan derive their name.

The University of Alaska Southeast and CBJ Parks & Recreation collaborated on a fundraising campaign that resulted in this state-of-the-art lakeshore trail. The 1.1 mile trail and floating boardwalk offer unique perspectives on the pond-lily fringe, large-tree old growth, and young stands recovering from blowdown.

Created by Richard Carstensen, Discovery Southeast, for CBJ Parks & Recreation, 2010.

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