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Chena Lake Recreation Area

The Chena Lake Recreation Area is a 2,000-acre park 17 miles southeast of Fairbanks and three miles from North Pole. Spruce, tamarack and birch forest, open land, marshes and sloughs provide a variety of habitats that serve an abundance of wildlife. The area includes a 260-acre lake and four winding miles of the Chena River. Chum and king salmon swim nearly 1,000 miles from the Bering Sea to spawn here in the Chena and in July and August the big fish are easy to observe in the clear waters.