Sports & Outdoor Recreation

Floating the Chena River or participating in traditional summer activities like baseball, horseshoes or golf are all fun things to do May through September. Traversing the frozen Chena River or participating in traditional winter time activities like ice skating, skiing or hockey are all fun things to do October through April. Hiking, biking, running, camping, fishing and hunting are all enjoyable things to do anytime of the year. Fairbanks offers easy ways to watch or participate in all these fun, physical things to do, no matter what season it is.

The local, state and national parks offer many activities in addition to world-class wildlife and bird watching opportunities. Outdoor adventures range from mild to wild and are sure to create singular memories. See magnificent sandhill cranes, canoe across a wilderness lake, catch your own dinner on an ice fishing excursion, follow a migrating herd of caribou or hike a nearby trail. So many captivating adventures are ever so accessible – all you have to do is listen to the call of the wild.

Golf Courses

Fairbanks has three golf courses – the Fairbanks Golf Course, Midnight Sun Golf Course and the Chena Bend Golf Course. 

Fairbanks Golf Course
Fairbanks Golf Course
The Fairbanks Golf Course has nine-holes and was founded in 1946, making it the oldest golf course in Alaska’s Interior. It is at the juncture of Farmers Loop and Ballaine Road near the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Fairbanks Golf Course features three par 3s, three par 4s, and three par 5s. The course is also home to the Double Eagle restaurant, a favorite for golfers and non-golfers alike.
Midnight Sun Golf Course
The Midnight Sun Golf Course, the northernmost golf course in America, has 18 holes and is a par-72. The course sports a large viewing deck and pours local brews. It is located on Golf Club Drive off the Old Steese Highway just north of Fairbanks. It features four par 3s, ten par 4s and four par 5s.
Fort Wainwright Chena Bend Golf Course
Chena Bend Golf Course
Chena Bend Golf Course, located on Fort Wainwright, has been voted one of the best golf courses in Alaska by Golf Digest Magazine multiple times. Chena Bend is a par-72 course that has a number of holes along the Chena River. If you would like to go to Chena Bend keep in mind that you will need to check in at Fort Wainwright’s front gate with up-to-date registration and insurance paperwork to ensure access if you are driving a vehicle.

Leave No Trace Ethics

Explore Fairbanks proactively encourages visitors to enjoy the Alaska’s vast outdoors while caring about the footprint that guests are leaving on the land. For more information on Explore Fairbanks’ efforts toward a sustainable destination, click here.

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare

2. Travel and Camp on Durable SurfacesLeave No Trace Fairbanks Alaska

3. Dispose of Waste Properly

4. Leave What You Find

5. Minimize Campfire Impacts

6. Respect Wildlife

7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

From the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. © 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: www.LNT.org.