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Salcha River State Recreation Site

Salcha River State Recreation Site

Popular with locals, this spot offers excellent fishing for Alaska salmon and Arctic grayling.

Approximately 44 miles southeast of Fairbanks along the Richardson Highway is the Salcha River State Recreation Site, a popular weekend getaway for residents of Fairbanks and Delta Junction.


In the summer, the 61-acre recreation site provides anglers access to the Salcha River, which is fished for king, chum, and coho salmon as well as Arctic grayling, sheefish, and northern pike. Other popular activities include camping, boating, and picnicking. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing on the frozen river are popular activities in the winter. Limited camping is available at the small campsite and the Salcha River public use cabin.


The Salcha River is a fast and clear 125-mile tributary of the Tanana River. Accessible by boat or on foot from the road, the river is a popular sportfishing destination due to its rich runs of salmon, northern pike, and Arctic grayling. The river’s surroundings are fairly dense forest, home to moose and caribou.


With the onset of the Fairbank’s gold rush of the late 1800s, prospectors utilized the Salcha River in the summer months. A roadhouse, store, and military telegraph office were established at the mouth of the river.


Salcha River State Recreation Site has a campground with six campsites, a picnic area, and a boat launch. The boat launch is popular and well used throughout the summer. The recreation site also has a public use cabin that is furnished with a wood stove, table, and bunks. The cabin is located near the boat launch and is available to rent year-round.


Salcha River State Recreation Site is accessible by road at Mile 323.3 of the Richardson Highway, 44 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

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For more information, visit the Salcha River State Recreation Site website.

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