"Watching ice breakup on the Tanana River." Fairbanks Things to Do Tip by Oatlad

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You have to time it right, but if you can see the breakup of the river ice on the Tanana it is pretty impressive. We usually like to go down to the wayside rest down Chena Pump Road just before you start going up the hill to Chena Ridge. You are just down below where the Chena meets the Tanana and the river gets much narrower, which makes for some good breakup action. We bring a cooler down and get a fire started. Sometimes we spend many hours there if the action is good. Its kind of a party atmosphere.

Address: Wayside rest on Chena Pump road.
Directions: We watch the Tanana break up down at the wayside rest, but the Chatinika breakup up on the Elliot is just as impressive. I'm sure there are other good spots too.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 16, 2006
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