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Chatanika State Recreation Areas  

Chatanika State Recreation Areas

North of Fairbanks there are two state recreation areas overlooking the Chatanika River. Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area consists of 570 acres along the Elliott Highway; farther north on the Steese Highway is the 73-acre Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site.

Popular activities at the two parks include camping, fishing, rafting, canoeing and picnicking. Canoers and rafters launch their boats from a gravel bar reached from a road in Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site for an all-day float on the Chatanika River, ending at Lower Chatanika State Recreational Area.

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