Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks

4.4
#1 of 11 in Parks in Fairbanks
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200 acre (7.3 km²) bird sanctuary, located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska and partially within the city limits of Fairbanks. It consists of wetlands, fields, and forests. The refuge surrounds the former farm of Charles Hinckley and later Charles Albert Creamer (1889-1974), a former chicken rancher from Washington state who moved to Fairbanks. Creamer saved waste grains from his barn to feed migrating birds. After Creamer's death, preservationists banded together to make the area a state refuge. The Creamer farmstead now serves as a visitor center and environmental education center, with the non-profit "Friends of Creamer's Field" presenting programs year-round. In the summer visitors can take a guided nature walk on the refuge trails. The refuge is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is a multi-use refuge, and limited hunting is also allowed in certain seasons. In winter dog mushing trails criss cross the back of the acreage, while skijorers have trails in the front fields.

Among the birds that flock to the refuge in late summer during migration south are Sandhill Cranes, Many ducks and Canada geese.
For Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge and beyond, use our Fairbanks travel route app to get the most from your Fairbanks vacation.
Source
Create an itinerary including Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
499 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • If you like birds, go see them!! Easy access and excellent grounds. A lot of interesting history about the former dairy.  more »
  • Take a good pair of binoculars and prepare to be dazzled. We saw sandhill cranes, white geese, ducks and Canadian geese, and a plastic flamingo. It is such a peaceful quite setting that it is no...  more »
Google
  • Such a beautiful place.. Had to cut it short tho 😔... If you are going be aware of your surroundings, 3 drunk males walked up on me very quickly, they followed me for awhile. Keep in mind you are not at your home, and there are some not so good people out there walking in the woods with ya... Its worth the trip just don't go alone like I did...😱
  • This place is a gem all year round. Most people just visit the pullout during spring for the migration of the swans and geese but this place offers so much more. The cross country skiing, dog mushing and snow shoeing trails are great in the winter or spring. The spring is even great for snow trail running. The actual building has community events and I’ve gone to them and even built a bird house and all of the materials were complimentary.

Plan your trip to Fairbanks

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Hidden gems in Fairbanks

4.3
Duration: 4 hours
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Fairbanks

3.7
Duration: 1 hour
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Nearby attractions in Fairbanks

4.7
Duration: 2 hours
4.5
Duration: 4 hours
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Fairbanks

See all ›
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Winter Sports in Fairbanks

4.3
Duration: 8 hours
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
3.9
Duration: 4 hours
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes