Chena Lake Recreation Area

RV Park

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3780 Laurance Rd
North Pole, AK 99705
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GPS: 64.7661, -147.2225

Last Price Paid: $20
Number of Sites: 80
Tent Camping: Yes
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Ardent Camper

32 Fleetwood Southwind
2014 Jeep Cherokee
65 reviews
Nightly rate: $20
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 40

Ardent Camper would stay here again

“Quiet fishing spot not too far from Fairbanks”

Reviewed Oct 20, 2015

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Not far from Fairbanks is North Pole, a little town with all the amenities required (laundromat, grocery store, restaurants and fishing/tackle shops, of course!). On the outskirts of North Pole is Chena Lake Recreation Area, a quiet lake perfect for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, SUP, or just enjoying the scenery.

There are two different camping areas: Lake Park and River Park. We stayed in the Lake Park area because the cell signal was much stronger there. When you first enter the Lake Park area, there is a tent area to the right and RV (or just larger sites) area straight ahead. We also visited the River Park area, and it looked nice. Both areas are wooded without views of the water, but within a quick drive. Beware the roads in are gravel and very dusty, so take it slow.

There are no hookups, and you may hear that there is potable water there, but when you arrive, the pumps say that the water should be boiled or treated before it is consumed. We didn't want to put this in our fresh tanks, so we filled up before we arrived. There is a dump station on the way out of the park.

One tip: if you plan on camping more than 5 nights during the course of the year, get an annual camping pass for $100. That's the price of 5 nights, but anything beyond that is free.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G

This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of

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Christmas in June at North Pole | Ardent Camper

We left Fairbanks in the hopes of escaping wildfire smoke and finding some fishing.One of our wishes came true in North Pole. Chena Lake Recreation Area Our home for the better part of a wee...

  • dry camping
  • basketball court
  • fishing
  • horseshoes
  • picnic area
  • playground
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • firewood
  • restrooms: flush
  • trash
  • pets


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