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Smith Lake
Ice skater on Smith Lake, Fairbanks, Alaska. October 2020.
Location Fairbanks, Alaska
Type lake
Max. length 980 feet (300 m)
Max. width 980 feet (300 m)

Smith Lake (Athabascan: Tr'exwghodegi Troth Yeddha' Bena') is a lake in Fairbanks, Alaska on the property of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. It is triangular in shape, roughly 300 m × 300 m × 380 m (980 ft × 980 ft × 1,250 ft).

The university maintains ecological and hydrological monitoring sites at the lake.


Smith lake is a good wildlife viewing location.

Bird species found at the lake may include Pacific loons, ring-necked duck, bufflehead, American wigeon, northern pintail, northern shoveler, green-winged teal, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, Bonaparte's gull, Wilson's snipe, lesser yellowlegs, long-billed dowitcher, red-necked phalarope, pectoral sandpiper and Bohemian waxwing.


In winter the frozen surface of Smith Lake is popular with ice skaters and cross-country skiers.

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