Chena River Lakes

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Chena River Lakes

Alaska

(907) 488-1655

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Overview

The Chena Project offers a host of recreational opportunities and a variety of Alaskan scenery to enjoy throughtout the year in the Lake and River Parks. Watch the abundant wildlife, catch a fish, explore the trails and bikeway, or simply enjoy the project in your own way throughout 2,100-acres; whether it be under the Midnight Sun or the Northern Lights. The Chena River Lakes is the northernmost flood control project operated by the Corps of Engineers. It was authorized by Congress after the devastating 1967 flood. Moose Creek Dam and associated features protect the interior Alaskan city of Fairbanks from flooding, as well as providing local residents and visitors a myriad of recreational opportunities. Such activities include fishing, biking, wildlife watching, hiking, picnicking, boating, swimming, and outdoor sports. Please note that this is a non-alcoholic park. Enjoy all that Chena River Lakes has to offer, and bring the whole family!

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Latitude, Longitude: 64.790000, -147.183333

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat launch within the Chena River Lakes Recreation Area. Pedal boats, row boats, canoes and kayaks are available for hourly or daily rental. Cash or check accepted only.

  • Bicycling

    Chena River Lakes Project offers a paved bikeway beginning at a park and ride lot at the entrance to the Project on Laurance Road. It continues down the Project Road along the dam to the Visitor Kiosk at the outlet works, at the junction of the dam with the Chena River, and covers approximately five miles. The Fairbanks North Star Borough has also paved a section of their bike path in Lake Park, which intersects with the bikeway at the Lake Park Road. There is a fee for use of the Borough's bike path during the summer. Mountain biking on more primitive trails is available throughout the Project.

  • Camping

    Camping is limited to five consecutive nights or 10 days within a 30 day period. There are two campgrounds, one at River Park and one at Lake Park. pground has two camping loops and a combined total of 80 campsites (some pull throughs), offering an extraordinary opportunity for both locals and out of town visitors. Each camping loop has potable water and restroom facilities available during the summer and early fall. For the visitors seeking a more remote camping opportunity, the island has an additional 6 tent camping sites with boat-only access. Day-use fees are collected the Wednesday before Memorial Day through Labor Day and include access to all parts of Chena Lake Recreation Area.

  • Fishing

    Chena Lake is stocked annually by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with Rainbow Trout, Silver Salmon, and Arctic Char. The Chena River has Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot and an annual run of King Salmon. During the winter months there are also three ice-fishing houses available for use. Throughout July Salmon can be seen spawning in the park.

  • Hiking

    During the winter months Chena Lake Recreation Area offers groomed classical cross-country ski trails with a 2km, 4.5km, and 7km loop as well as a multi-use trail with a 3.8, 5.5, 6.5, 9.5, and 12 mile loops for snowmaching, ski joring, dog mushing, walking, running, etc. The River Park has a 4.5 mile self-guided trail. There are several trails throughout the 2,100 acre park.

  • Horseback Riding

    Contact the park for trail availability.

  • Hunting

    Hunting for moose, waterfowl, grouse and ptarmigan are popular at the Project. Trapping is also permitted in certain areas. Check with the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game for rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is available within the recreation area. There are covered, day-use picnic sites available in both the Lake and River Parks.

  • RVing

    There is parking for RV's.

  • Water Sports

    Boating and swimming are allowed, seasonally.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter months Chena Lake Recreation Area offers groomed classical cross-country ski trails with a 2km, 4.5km, and 7km loop as well as a multi-use trail with a 3.8, 5.5, 6.5, 9.5, and 12 mile loops for snowmaching, ski joring, dog mushing, walking, running, etc.

Seasonality/Weather

Open all year.

Directions

Driving

From Fairbanks: Head South on Richardson Hwy for 14 miles beginning at intersection with Mitchell Expy; Exit at Dawson St; Left under Richardson Hwy; Right on Mistletoe Dr; Left on Laurance Rd and its 3.5 miles to the entrance.

From Eielson: Head North on Richardson Highway; Right on Laurance Road and its 3.5 miles to entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 488-1655

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