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Denali National Park

Beavers have been creating wetlands for thousands of years. Here in Denali National Park, I have been observing Beavers at Horseshoe Lake for several years. The beavers have grown comfortable with me as I observe them scrambling to get their bank dens finished before the onset of the long, severe winter. This beaver has an arm full of sticks and mud that will be added to the bank den. As winter approaches, there is a flurry of activity to seal the den. In addition to completing the den, they are stashing food in the bottom of the pond that will be available all winter.

The dams and surrounding wetlands create habitat for other wildlife. It is not unusual to see migratory waterfowl, moose, lynx and river otters at Horseshoe Lake. As Denali experiences higher temperatures, many of the historical beaver dams and surrounding wetlands are disappearing as permafrost melts and these hydrology systems disappear.


Moderators Note:

According to the Denali National Park Website:

Horseshoe Lake guided hikes are offered daily at 10:00 am, the Horseshoe Lake Hike starts from the Denali Visitor Center, mile 1.5 on the Park Road. Parking is available at the center. No sign-up is required – simply arrive at the center a few minutes before the hike begins. The hike lasts about 2.5 hours.

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 3 miles round-trip
Highlights: Scenic views of Horseshoe Lake and the Nenana River; occasional sightings of beaver and other wildlife
Elevation change: ~250 feet
Grade: 20% sections
Width: 60 inches
Surface: Native soils with roots and rocks

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