Description - There are two state park units north of Fairbanks. Both of these units sit on the banks of the Chatanika River. On the Elliott Highway is Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area. Farther north on the Steese Highway, and the smaller of the two, is Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site.
- Canoers and rafters launch their boats here for an all-day-float on the Chatanika River, ending at Lower Chatanika State Recreational Area, at mile 11 of the Elliott Hwy.
Recreation - It has 25 campsites, four picnic sites, drinking water and latrines. There is a road to a gravel bar where visitors can camp, picnic, sunbathe, or fish.
Climate - The climate in Alaska varies with terrain and region. The south-central region of the state is most temperate because it is protected from cold northern winds by the Alaska Range. The large bodies of water that lies closely to this area create a stabilizing factor for the air temperature. Southeast Alaska is wet. An average of 80 inches of rain comes to this region directly from the Gulf of Alaska.
In contrast to the southeastern region, the interior receives very little precipitation. The winters are long in this region with spring, summer and fall taking place from May through September. The western coast of Alaska experiences long, cold winters and short, chilly summers. This area is very far north and at the mercy of huge water bodies that don't warm. Southwestern Alaska experiences foggy, wet summers with high temperatures reaching 60 degrees F. Winters are severe on this long peninsula of land with storms rising from the surrounding waters frequently. The average rainfall for the region is 75 inches/year.
Upper Chatanika State Recreation Site, at mile 39 of the Steese Highway,