Lake Louise, Alaska

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Lake Louise is a census-designated place (CDP) in Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States. Although it is an isolated settlement and is close to Glennallen, it is considered part of the Anchorage, Alaska Metropolitan Statistical Area like all other locations in the Mat-Su Borough. At the 2000 census the population was 88. The first recorded name of Lake Louise was Shosubenich, which means "great flat water with many islands". Later, Lake Louise was named Lake Adah after a girlfriend of Lieutenant Castner. Later Captain Edwin Glenn changed the name to Lake Louise in honor of his wife[1]. The U.S. Army established a recreation facility at the lake towards the end of World War II and built the first road into the area. Lake Louise road runs about 20 miles (32 km) from the Glenn Highway to the lake. There are still several dilapidated cabins at the "Army Point" campground, including one that was used for four days by General Dwight D. Eisenhower before he was president. The lake is also home to the Lake Louise State Recreation Area.

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Geography

Lake Louise is located at 62°17′4″N 146°33′25″W / 62.28444°N 146.55694°W / 62.28444; -146.55694 (62.284498, -146.557029)[2]. Lake Louise is located between four mountain ranges: The Wrangell, Talkeetna, Chugach and Alaska Ranges.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 74.2 square miles (192.3 km²), of which, 47.9 square miles (124.0 km²) of it is land and 26.4 square miles (68.3 km²) of it (35.53%) is water. There are many small islands at the south end of the lake, most of which have homes built on them. There are also several private resorts and marinas, and a state recreation area with campgrounds and a boat launch.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 88 people, 41 households, and 25 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1.8 people per square mile (0.7/km²). There were 255 housing units at an average density of 5.3/sq mi (2.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.77% White and 10.23% Native American.

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