Lake Hood in Anchorage, Alaska is the “world’s largest seaplane base.” It began its days as the Lake Spenard float plane base in 1934, and in 1938 a channel was cut between that lake and nearby Lake Hood to create a bigger landing and take off area. A gravel runway was also added next to the lake. Since then, thousands of float planes, as we call them, have landed there. Some pilots rent out tie-down slips and keep their planes there full-time. Others just use it as a taxiway. Lake Hood handles up to 190 flights a day, making it a popular viewing spot for locals and visitors alike.