Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks

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Chena River State Recreation Area is a 254080acre state park in the U.S. state of Alaska, located east of Fairbanks. The recreation area is centered on the Chena River. Facilities include campgrounds, hiking, ATV, snowmachine and sled dog trails, a shooting range, fishing ponds, and several public-use cabins. Fishing for Arctic grayling is catch-and-release only in the river, but visitors may keep grayling caught in the three stocked ponds. The area is also noted for several concentrations of granite tors. The road through the recreation area ends at the privately owned and operated Chena Hot Springs resort.
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  • July 6, 2017
    A little off the beaten path, but so worth the short drive. Beautifully laid out park with beaches to play, put in your SUP, kayak or floating devices. Rent a pavilion and bring your grills for a larg...  more »
  • July 3, 2017
    We were really surprised to find this little gem of a recreational facility just outside of Fairbanks. We brought our own kayaks, but wound up renting a paddle boat and a stand up paddle board, both $...  more »
  • June 27, 2017
    It's an hour drive from Fairbanks, we managed to get a car but if you cant: don't take the bus and pay $150.00: Entrance fee is $ 15.00, the hot springs are...hot and nice but the area around (pool an...  more »
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  • May 30, 2017
    Great place to spend a couple nights when visiting Fairbanks. Park is wooded and looks as if you are in the country. The noise level provides a different opinion. Probably not as much an issue for RVs but is for tent camping. Loud traffic all night on the two major streets next to park and sometime it is on the airport flight path. Only other minor concern is this park at times have issues with homeless.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great bike trail and swimming spot! Easy drive to get there.
  • December 5, 2016
    Great quiet place. Long straight roads with multiple river access points, a shooting range, and year round road accessible cabins. Does dog rentals near the recreation area
  • January 2, 2017
    Nice cabins there, but a unbeatable number of mosquitoes (the only place on our trip through Alaska). So we put up our tent inside.
  • September 17, 2016
    9-2-16, We mostly drove through the park but hiked the Tors and Angel Rock area. Lots of water and alpine zones. The rocks on the Tors are mystical looking and well worth the 15 mile round trip.

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Downtown Fairbanks holds the highest concentration of accommodations, and here you'll find everything from hotels for business travelers to cozy bed and breakfasts. The area just across the Chena River from downtown features a few establishments that serve as convenient alternatives should you be unable to secure a place to stay downtown. The areas around the airport and the University of Alaska feature numerous accommodations, including bed and breakfasts and small inns in addition to hotels for business travelers. Just outside of town you'll find lodges, cottages, and additional bed and breakfasts that feature quieter settings closer to the mountains.
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