Swans at Swan/Jim/Mud Lake
- It's that time of year when the Jim/Swan Lakes area in Palmer is at its finest. To see why this is an Important Bird Area go in the next few weeks and witness the swan congregations.
On October 12th there were over 200 tundra and trumpeter swans in a 2-acre area of open water in rapidly-freezing Swan Lake. There were about 40 swans on Mud Lake and 20 on Jim Lake.
The area is reached by a dirt road that extends off the end of Maud Rosd and is passable to non-4WD cars. From the road end at Jim Lake continue on foot approximately 1.5 miles to an overlook with views of all the lakes, including Swan.
In addition to the swans, look for late-spawning coho salmon in the lakeside springs, dozens of bald eagles in the cottonwoods, Dall sheep and golden eagles on the cliffs to the north. This is one of the richest wildlfe areas in Southcentral Alaska at this time of year.
Eagle River, Alaska