Description - *This information is provided by Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
The Lower Chatanika State Recreation Area is a 570-acre recreation area near mile 11 of the Elliott Highway and has two campgrounds.
- There is a boat ramp for people floating the Chatanika River. There is a nightly camping fee and a boat launch fee.
Recreation - Whitefish Campground, on the north side of the Chatanika River Bridge, has 12 campsites, picnic sites, a picnic shelter, latrines, drinking water, and fishing access.
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.
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.