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Chatanika River. The Chatanika River, a choice spot for canoeists and kayakers, is still fairly close to Fairbanks. The most northerly access point is at Cripple Creek campground, near Mile 60, Steese Highway. Other commonly used access points are at Long Creek (Mile 45, Steese Highway); at the state campground, where the Chatanika River crosses the Steese Highway at Mile 39; and at the state's Whitefish Campground, where the river crosses the Elliott Highway at Mile 11. The stream flows into the Minto Flats below this point, and river access is more difficult.
Water in the Chatanika River may or may not be clear, depending on mining activities along its upper tributaries. In times of very low water, the upper Chatanika River is shallow and difficult to navigate. Avoid the river in times of high water, especially after heavy rains, because of the danger of sweepers, floating debris, and hidden gravel bars. AK.
Alaska Public Lands Information Center. Contact the Alaska Public Lands Information Center for the status of river conditions before heading out on any of the area's waterways. 907/459-3730.
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