Fairbanks Paddle & Pedal

Do what we do for fun with us!

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Guided Day Tour

We will float the Chena River, a beginner to intermediate level river. Depending on how high the water is, our float can take 2 to 3 hours. Paddle as much as you choose. You will have one or two guides depending on group size for your day of adventure.

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Outside / downtown

Alaska’s rivers were the original highways, and our local Chena (pronounced Chee-nah) River is a simple float through the middle of town. We’ll drift through downtown, local neighborhoods with moments of scenic wilderness. Destination: Lunch!

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comfortable equipment

Our boats are sit-on-top Kayaks and our bicycles are called “Fairbikes.” We partner with Fairbikes to utilize the thoughtful bike share program and take advantage of their new and perfect bicycles. Ride in style and comfort on Firebikes cruisers.

Start in downtown Fairbanks
Meet us at the Visitors Center downtown (Morris Thompson Cultural Center). We walk to our put in location, do a safety briefing, and we’re on our way!
Paddle the River (Float)
The Chena River is a mellow float from downtown Fairbanks through residential areas with sections of wilderness. Enjoy as much or as little conversation about the history of Fairbanks as you desire.
Enjoy a delicious Alaskan lunch menu
Your choice of typical lunch fare or select gourmet Alaskan offerings from Chena’s fine dining. Also optional, a simpler lunch if you prefer to get going. (Also sometimes the kitchen is closed after 2).
Pedal back on comfortable bikes
We pedal back along the river until we reach Pioneer Park, where we can have ice cream, see historic Fairbanks relics, and ride the train for a better view of the historic themed park. Enjoy time to shop if you choose.
Visit Pioneer Park
An historic depiction of early Fairbanks days, Pioneer Park is made up of original cabins turned into shops where you can learn about what it was like in Gold Rush era Fairbanks. Or you can shop for gifts and enjoy ice cream and get an “old time” photo taken .

Meet us up river

Meet us outside of the Morris Thompson Cultural Center, also known as our Visitors Center and the home of www.ExploreFairbanks.com. Your tour will also end here & parking is free. We will walk over to the put-in location at Graehl Landing. On the map you will see the boat launch area as “front street”.

“We will get you on the water and make sure you have a good time. Just show up and bring your appetite, we’ll take care of the rest.
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Howard Earles
Owner / Guide
“I grew up on the next river down. I love to share Fairbanks history (as little or as much as you want to know). Come spend the day with us, relax, and enjoy.
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Heather Taggard
Photographer / Owner

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