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Location: Chena Pump Wayside State Recreation Site is located in Fairbanks, Alaska, in the United States. It serves as a convenient recreational area close to the urban center of Fairbanks.

Description: Chena Pump Wayside is a small, state-maintained recreation site situated along the Chena River. It provides access to water-based activities and a place for relaxation and picnics. The park is relatively undeveloped, facilitating a more natural experience but with fewer amenities available than you might find in larger state parks.

Camping Information

Camping Facilities:

  • Primitive camping: The site is designed for day use but may offer some areas for primitive camping with no designated campsites. It is important to check the current regulations with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.
  • Day-use facilities: While the site is focused on day-use, visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the area during their visit.


  • Picnic areas: There are areas for picnicking with tables and possibly grills.
  • Restroom facilities: Typically, state recreation sites offer restrooms, but they may be basic pit toilets.
  • Boat launch: There is likely access to a boat launch for those interested in river activities.


Water Activities:

  • Boating: The Chena River offers opportunities for boating. Canoeing and kayaking are popular during the summer months.
  • Fishing: Anglers can enjoy fishing in the Chena River. It is important to abide by Alaska fishing regulations and have the appropriate licenses.

Land Activities:

  • Picnicking: Families and groups can make use of picnic facilities.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The area's natural setting provides opportunities for viewing local wildlife.
  • Hiking: There might be trails or riverside areas to explore on foot around the site, but they are likely to be informal and non-developed.

Important Considerations


  • Ensure that you consult current regulations regarding camping, campfires, and activities to stay compliant with state rules.
  • Bear Safety: In all Alaskan wilderness areas, proper bear safety precautions should be taken, including storing food safely and carrying bear spray.


  • The site may not be fully accessible to those with limited mobility due to the rustic and undeveloped nature of the recreation area.

Reservations and Fees:

  • There may be no reservation system if camping is allowed, given the primitive nature of the site.
  • There may be day-use fees or parking fees associated with this site, so check beforehand.

Weather Conditions:

  • Be prepared for changeable weather, especially if camping overnight. Alaskan weather can be unpredictable, even in summer.

Season of Operation:

  • Check if the site is open year-round or if there are specific seasonal closures, particularly during the long and harsh Alaskan winter season.

Contact Information

For the most current information, it is advised to contact the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation directly or visit their official website. They can provide the latest updates on conditions, any potential restrictions, or closures that could impact your visit to Chena Pump Wayside State Recreation Site.

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