State Parks North of Fairbanks


There are two state park units north of Fairbanks. Both of these units sit on the banks of the Chatanika River. On the Elliott Highway is Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area. Farther north on the Steese Highway, is Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site.

For river level information: USGS Real-Time Data for Alaska Streamflow.

Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area
The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area is a 400-acre recreation area with fishing access, camping and picnicking. Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area include Olnes Pond and Whitefish campground at mile 11 of the Elliot Hwy.

Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site
The Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site, at mile 39 of the Steese Highway, is popular with highway travelers and weekend campers from Fairbanks. It has 25 campsites, four picnic sites, drinking water and latrines. There is a road to a gravel bar where visitors can camp, picnic, sunbathe, or fish. Canoers and rafters launch their boats here for an all-day-float on the Chatanika River, ending at the Lower Chatanika State Recreational Area, at mile 11 of the Elliott Hwy.