Chena River State Recreation Area, Fairbanks

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Chena River State Recreation Area is a 254,080-acre (1,028.2 km2) 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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  • Lots of places to spend a day or a weekend. It would take numerous trips to visit all of them in the summer alone. Beautiful nature.  more »
  • Our guide was the best! Sorry I forgot his name. He told us a lot about the history of the springs. We enjoyed the hot springs at 20 below. He made it fun for us. Only this it was a long trip...  more »
  • I really wish we had had more time to explore, but we had a great time driving through the park! Many places that looked like they'd be fantastic to camp at. I hope someday we'll get the opportunity to adventure further in the future. :)
  • A great place to camp and close to the river for an awesome Alaska experience. Excellent boat landing too if you want to float to Pikes Landing for a meal.

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