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Turn Lake on the Kenai Peninsula — At the intersection of the Seward Highway and Sterling Highways where two popular roads lead to exceptional destinations and unparalleled adventures. Folks, this is Alaska's Playground.

Tern Lake — Seward and Sterling Highway Junction.

Tern Lake on the Kenai Peninsula.Tern Lake is located at Milepost 37 of the Seward Highway at the point where the road intersects with the Sterling Highway. This junction is important as a reference point in most all destinations on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska. Watch for the wildlife viewing and interpretive site on the Sterling Highway or pull into Tern Lake Wayside for the salmon viewing platform and some quiet birding.

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 an accessible viewing platform and interpretive signs. The Tern Lake area hosts numerous animals, birds, fish and unique plants. Common loons, bald eagles, and arctic terns share the area with a variety of song birds and shorebirds like the northern water thrush, golden-crowned sparrow and the Pine Siskin. Beavers, otters, muskrats, salmon and dolly varden ply the gin clear, ice cold waters of Tern Lake. Keep a Moose, Dall's sheep and mountain goats can be seen on the surrounding mountains.

Tern Lake wildlife can be best viewed from the accessible viewing platform. Interpretive signs help visitors understand the area's wildlife. Throughout the summer, the platform is often staffed by a knowledgeable forest interpreter who can answer questions and help spot wildlife.

Tern Lake campground closed in the late 1990's during the big budget cuts. There is still a nice viewing area over the outlet of the lake and facilities like trash barrels and toilets are still available.

Distance from Tern Lake Junction
Via Seward Highway - Northbound.
Point of Interest Miles from Turn Lake
Tenderfoot Creek Campground, Summit Lake Lodge 9.0
Hope Junction - Hope Highway Turnoff 20.0
Bird Creek Campground 64.0
Girdwood / Alyeska - the city of. 49.0
Portage Glacier Turnoff 39.0
Anchorage Alaska - the city of. 89.0
Via Seward Highway - Southbound.
Point of Interest Miles from Turn Lake
Trail Lakes Fish Hatchery 5.0
Moose Pass Alaska and Trail Lake Lodge. 7.5
Trail River Campground 13.5
Ptarmigan Creek Campground 14
Exit Glacier Turnoff 34
Seward Alaska 37
Via Sterling Highway South.
Point of Interest Miles from Turn Lake
Kenai Lake 8.0
Quartz Creek Campground 9.0
Cooper Landing 11.5
Cooper Creek Campground 14.0
Russian River Campground 17.0
Russian River Ferry 18.0
Upper Skilak Lake Road - East Entrance 21.0
Kelly Lake & Peterson Lake Campgrounds Turnoff 32.0
Kelly Lake Campground 33.0
Peterson Lake Campground 33.0
Lower Skilak Lake Road - West Entrance 38.5
Sterling Alaska 47.0
Moose River Campground - By the Tesoro Gas Station. 47.5
Issak Walton Campground, Mouth of the Moose River. 48.0
Soldotna Alaska 57.0
Kasilof River and the community of Kasilof. 71.0
Ninilchik River - the Community of Ninilchik Alaska. 98.0
Deep Creek Campgrounds - Community of Deep Creek 100.0
Anchor Point, Alaska 119.0
Anchor River Campground 120.0
Homer Alaska, Alaska 135.0
Homer Spit, Alaska 138.0

There is an emergency phone located one mile west of the junction of the Sterling Highway and Seward Highway.


Alaska Vacations and RV Camping

Turn Lake Kenai Peninsula Alaska

Photo of Turn Lake on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.