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Chena River State Recreation Area

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Address: 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709-4609
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+1 907-885-4363
09:00 - 17:00
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Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.

Located just north of Fairbanks, this area offer many trails for day hikes.

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The Lake Is Frozen in March

Everything was still covered in snow and ice during our visit but we drove around and there are still many places to park and walk. Some walks take you to the top of the... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
Cypress, California
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Cypress, California
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Everything was still covered in snow and ice during our visit but we drove around and there are still many places to park and walk. Some walks take you to the top of the reservoir and the 360 degree views are spectacular! Many people are ice fishing because this year the ice was still very thick.

Thank LadyDiButterfli
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Moving about in hot, hot sulfur smelling water, watching steam billow up and obscure another only four feet away, makes for an errie experience under a night sky. Voices laughing and couple clinging to each other under the stars or lights lightens the mood and relaxes the body and smooths the skin. You will sleep well that night, for sure.

Thank 490margaretb
Fairbanks, Alaska
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic time at our rented ice house. Though small, the ice house came with a wood stove to keep you warm (which it did!) and the holes already dug for us. It was a lot of fun and such beautiful scenery. We have also been out here in the summer time and it's a great spot to... More 

Thank EWEBB2014
Anchor Point, Alaska
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57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Use to ride my bike back here in summer, very nice area Lake with trout, boating, camping and ball field Some wilderness area and occasional animals

Thank Saintguy
Detroit, Michigan
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Had the best time of my life here!! Stayed at the Hunt Memorial Cabin inside Chena River Recreational Area. The cabin and outhouse was nice and clean. There was a pair of fireproof gloves to move the firewood with. There was a saw, axe, water bucket, shovel, broom, tons of extra wood, paper towel, toilet paper, matches, and a lighter.... More 

Thank trippingout613
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 13 November 2016

We were here in November,2016. Great place to view the lights and dark enough for great photos. We were lucky to have three nights of awesome pictures

Thank Matthew T
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23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Our group of 4 took an afternoon to drive through the Chena River State Recreation Area. We stopped at Slough Lake (mile marker 29) to watch for wildlife at the end of a gravel road. Our favorite stop was at the Red Squirrel Campground (mile 42) where the birch trees reflecting off the lake was absolutely beautiful. We stopped at... More 

Thank Torri_j
Chestertown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

A state park within a city is not that usual so this was an experience. It is on the Chena River and is a scenic spot if you overlook the amount of beer cans on the trails. A big bar is nearby. One night was enough.

Thank outsidenow
Bettles Field, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We have taken our RV to Chena River Rec area several times now. Nice place, decent bathrooms. We will be back when they open back up in the Spring!

Thank Eric F
Fairbanks, Alaska
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29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The rec area is a "great place to get away from it all" without going miles and miles from town. There are organized campgrounds as well as off the path places to set up camp. The Chena River offers good grayling fishing and several of the ponds in the rec area are stocked. There's a rifle range and rest areas... More 

Thank a1tank69

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