Explore the Chena River

The 100-mile river cuts through the heart of Fairbanks, providing residents with fishing, transportation and recreation opportunities. Learn about history, wildlife and Alaska Native culture on a guided river cruise. Navigate between towering trees and riverside fish camps on jet boat and rafting tours, stand up paddle boards, kayaks or canoes. Along the way, visit an Iditarod champion’s dog kennel and the Athabascan Chena Indian Village. Stroll through the historic downtown along the Chena Riverwalk that passes Riverfront Theatre, Curling Club and Pioneer Park, Alaska’s only historic theme park. Visit the museums, Gold Rush town street and carousel at the park’s historic village. From the Chena River State Recreation Area, book chartered fishing trips or spend the night at easily accessible riverside campsites. In the winter, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and dog mushing are popular activities as the once-rushing river freezes over.


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