907 Terminal St. Fairbanks AK 99701 (907) 459-1000

Chena Lake Recreation Area

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Chena Lake Recreation Area is not what you might expect in Alaska's Interior.  It's near Fairbanks and next to North Pole, yet remote enough to give you the feeling of wilderness.

  • 2,100 acres to explore and enjoy!
  • The park has two distinct personalities; the Lake Park, with a 260 acre lake and the River Park meandering along 4 miles of the Chena River.  

The Lake Park hosts three volleyball courts, one horseshoe pit, a playground, multiple day use picnic sites with tables andfire rings, two covered pavilions, two changing room/warm up buildings, two designated swimming areas with sandy beaches, a boat rental facility, two fishing docks (one handicap accessible), a lake boat launch, potable water stations, restrooms, and during winter ice fishing and miles of trials.  

The River Park is stretched along 4 miles of the south bank of the Chena River and hosts one volleyball court, one horseshoe pit, one covered pavilion, one changing room/warm up building, a 4.5 kilometer self guided nature trail, river boat launch, potable water stations, restrooms, and multiple day use picnic sites with tables and fire rings.    

Chena Lake Recreation area has two campgrounds, one at the Lake Park and one at the River Park.  Each campground has two camping loops and a combined total of 80 campsites (some pull throughs), offering an extraordinary opportunity for both locals and out of town visitors.  Each camping loop has potable water and restroom facilities available during the summer and early fall.  For the visitors seeking a more remote camping opportunity, our island has an additional 6 tent camping sites with only boat access.

​Chena Lake is stocked annually by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with Rainbow Trout, Silver Salmon, and Arctic Char.  The Chena River has Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot and an annual run of King Salmon.

During the winter months Chena Lake Recreation Area offers groomed classical cross-country ski trails with a 2km, 4.5km, and 7km loop as well as a multi-use trail with a 3.8, 5.5, 6.5, 9.5, and 12 mile loops for snowmaching, ski joring, dog mushing, walking, running, etc.  Chena Lake also offers four ice-fishing houses. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ CQWP Parks and Rec CSS

Ice House Rental30.00
Boat Rentals10.0040.00
Firewood (per bundle)5.00
Park Reservation (up to four hours)
Park Reservation (over four hours)
Pavilion Reservation (up to four hours)
Pavilion Reservation (over four hours)
Camping (Tent)15.00
Camping (Camper)20.00
Extra Vehicle5.00
Seasonal Camping Pass130.00