Chena River State Recreation Site

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Chena River State Recreation Site


(907) 455-8881

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Chena River State Recreation Site (also known as Chena Wayside) is located in Fairbanks on University Avenue. This 29-acre park sits on the banks of the Chena River and offers camping, hiking and outdoor recreation.

There is a state park called Chena River State Recreation Area, not to be confused with this park, Chena River State Recreation Site. Chena River State Recreation Area is over a quarter million acres, approximately 30 miles northeast of Fairbanks.

Map of Chena River State Rec. Site (AK)

Latitude, Longitude: 64.839378, -147.813149



  • Boating

    Boating is allowed along the river. There is a boat launch at the recreation site.

  • Camping

    Facilities include over 60 campsites for vehicles, 11 have electric and water hookup, five walk-in campsites, drinking water, restrooms with flush toilets, dump station.

    Camping is limited to five consecutive nights from June 10 through August 10. For the rest of the season, the limit is 15 days. Some of the campsites and picnic sites, as well as the restrooms, drinking water, and shelter, are ADA accessible.

  • Hiking

    There are river-side walking trails. There are also open lawn areas and a nature trail.

  • Picnicking

    There are picnic sites along the river, as well as drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets. For group use by reservation, there is a playfield with a shelter. Volleyball, horseshoes and a swing set are also available.

  • RVing

    Some campsites have electric and water hookup. There is also a dump station.


Open year-round.

Park Partners

Chena River Services

The park is operated by Chena River Services.

(907) 452-7275



At 221 University Avenue in downtown Fairbanks.

Phone Numbers


(907) 455-8881