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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Big Lake.

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Around Big Lake ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Anchorage. It is located about 20 miles [32 km] to the south of Big Lake. Anchorage has a population of 298,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Wasilla. It is located about 18 miles [28 km] to the east of Big Lake and has a population of 9,700 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance starting from Big Lake and not the distance if you are driving it.<2>

Community   2016
Population
DirectionDistance
Houston   [Map]   2,290   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Palmer   [Map]   7,000   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
Y   [Map]   ---   N   36 miles [57.9 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   DirectionDistance
Artesian Village   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
Butte   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
Chugiak   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
Eagle River   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Fort Richardson   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Gateway   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
John Fitzgerald Kennedy City   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Knik   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Meadow Lakes   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
Nancy Lake   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
Point MacKenzie   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Susitna   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Tanaina   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Willow   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Wilson Village   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]

Curious and Interesting Names Near Big Lake ...

As we travel, we always see a community name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some names catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Birchwood   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast of Big Lake   [Map]
Cottonwood   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]
Eagle River   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
John Fitzgerald Kennedy City   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Knik   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Meadow Lakes   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Nancy Lake   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the North   [Map]
Peters Creek   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the East   [Map]
Willow   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]
Willow Lake   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Big Lake ...

Looking for more information about Big Lake? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Big Lake, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Big Lake.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Big Lake.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Big Lake. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Websites We Enjoy ...

When we're planning a trip, we like to check the following websites for sights to see and places to visit:

For the State of Alaska

    Alaska Tourism
    Parks for Alaska

    Fishing in Alaska
    Hunting in Alaska

TripAdvisor Link for:

    Alaska Statewide Tourism
    Big Lake Tourism

    Additional communities can be found om the TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Big Lake


National Park Service (NPS) sites in Alaska

America's Byways - Scenic & Historic Roadways

RoadsideAmerica - Offbeat Tourist Attractions

Atlas Obscura - Curious and Wondrous Travel Destinations

The Living New Deal - Sites in Alaska

Murals of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) - New Deal Art in Alaska

Airports Near Big Lake ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Big Lake.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Big Lake Airport(BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]   BGQ   ENE   5 miles [8 km]
Goose Bay Airport   [Map]   Z40   SSE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Wasilla Airport(WWA/PAWS)   [Map]   IYS   ENE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Willow Airport(WOW/PAUO)   [Map]   UUO   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Birchwood Airport   [Map]   BCV   ESE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Merrill Fld.(ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]   MRI   SSE   21 miles [33.8 km]
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   S   23 miles [37 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Big Lake.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Big Lake. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl. (ANC/PANC)   [Map]   ANC   S   23 miles [37 km]
Homer Airport(HOM/PAHO)   [Map]   HOM   SSW   138 miles [222.1 km]
Fairbanks Intl. (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]   FAI   NNE   237 miles [381.4 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Kenai Muni. (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]   ENA   SW   77 miles [123.9 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Big Lake Airport(BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]   BGQ   ENE   5 miles [8 km]
Goose Bay Airport   [Map]   Z40   SSE   9 miles [14.5 km]
Wasilla Airport(WWA/PAWS)   [Map]   IYS   ENE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Willow Airport(WOW/PAUO)   [Map]   UUO   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Birchwood Airport   [Map]   BCV   ESE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Merrill Fld.(ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]   MRI   SSE   21 miles [33.8 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Intl.   (ANC/PANC)   [Map]
        Website for Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Homer Airport   (HOM/PAHO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Palmer Muni.   (PAQ/PAAQ)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Beluga Airport   (BVU/PABG)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Skwentna Airport   (SKW/PASW)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Fairbanks Intl.   (FAI/PAFA)   [Map]
        Website for Fairbanks International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Kenai Muni.   (ENA/PAEN)   [Map]
        Website for Kenai Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Big Lake Airport   (BGQ/PAGQ)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Wasilla Airport   (WWA/PAWS)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Willow Airport   (WOW/PAUO)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Merrill Fld.   (ICAO: PAMR)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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The official website for Big Lake: www.biglake-ak.com/

The official website for State of Alaska: alaska.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Big Lake.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Big Lake. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Big Lake) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Big Lake. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Big Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Lake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.5129, Longitude: -149.9862     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Big Lake), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Lake.