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Birch Lake State Recreation Site is located in Alaska, roughly 60 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway.

About the Recreation Site

Birch Lake State Recreation Site is a popular destination for both local Alaskans and visitors, offering a range of outdoor activities throughout the year, including fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and in the winter, ice fishing.

Camping Facilities

The site offers camping facilities that feature:

  • Campsites: A number of campsites are available for tent and RV camping. These sites often include a picnic table, fire pit, and space for parking vehicles.

  • RV Hookups: There may be limited RV hookups available, so it's important to check ahead of time for availability and compatibility.

  • Restrooms: Typically, you can find vault toilets available for use.

  • Water Access: There may be water pumps or hydrants, but visitors should be prepared to treat or boil water, especially if system maintenance is occurring.


There may be day-use and camping fees at Birch Lake State Recreation Site. It's recommended to check the most current fee structure before planning your trip by contacting the state park office or visiting their official website.


Some sites may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, while others may require reservations. Information about reservations can usually be obtained from the state's park reservation website or by phone.


Due to its location, wildlife sightings are common, and campers should be aware of bears and other wildlife and keep food stored properly. Alaska's Department of Fish and Game can provide guidelines for safe wildlife practices.


  • Fishing: Birch Lake is stocked with fish, making it a great spot for freshwater fishing.
  • Boating: Non-motorized boating is a popular activity, and there may be boat launches available.
  • Swimming: The lake has designated areas for swimming, but remember that water temperatures can be cold.
  • Hiking: Trails are often available for those interested in exploring the surrounding area.
  • Winter Activities: Ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are among the winter activities enjoyed here.

Weather and Seasonal Access

  • Summer: Warm temperatures make for pleasant daytime camping, but always be prepared for rain and cooler nights.
  • Winter: Extreme cold and snow can make access challenging. It's crucial to check the road and weather conditions before setting out.


While amenities like shops or restaurants are not typically found at state recreation sites, the nearby towns may provide supplies, gear rental, and other services.

Contact Information

Before heading to Birch Lake State Recreation Site, it's a good choice to contact the land managing agency for current information. This might be the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation or a local field office.

Always check the latest information and guidelines from official sources when planning a camping trip, as conditions and regulations can change.

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