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Eielson Air Force Base

Fairbanks, Alaska

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*Birch Lake Recreation Site

Off Base

Phone: (907) 377-1317, (907) 377-1232

Birch Lake SRA is nestled between a lilypad covered lake and forested wetlands. There are 17 long parking spaces for motorhomes and 3 short parking spaces for smaller self-contained vehicles or for vehicles engaged in tent camping. There are 5 tent camping sites and additional tables, fireplaces, and sitting benches for day use. Boat launch and courtesy dock with ADA Access. No long term docking, approximate 20 minute time limit. Drinking water well, toilet, and caretaker/public use cabin are also available. Camping is limited to 15 days. Access is from the military recreation area road at Milepost 305.2 of the Richardson Highway. Users should bring their own firewood, especially in winter for use in the cabin, since there is not much left to scavenge in the surrounding forest. The lake is popular with fishers, jet-skiers, and water skiers in the summer, and with snowmachiners and ice fishers in the winter. There is excellent fishing all year for stocked species: rainbow trout, king and silver salmon, grayling, and arctic char. Fishing during the open water months is best from a boat. Ice fishing huts are available for rent.


*Eielson FamCamp

Aboard Eielson AFB

Phone: (907) 377-1110, DSN (317) 377-1110

Police on Site: (907) 377-5130

3112 Broadway Ave, Unit 6B, Eielson AFB, AK 99702

As soon as you enter the gate, take the first left onto Transmitter Road and you will find Bear Lake.  Located approximately one mile down on your right, your summer adventures and awaits you at Bear Lake FAM Camp.

There is a pavilion equipped with a kitchenette, restrooms, covered outdoor pavilion, picnic tables, volleyball and horseshoe area, which will accommodate up to 50 people. Reservations are taken up to 45 days in advance. If you are planning a party, a fee and party reservation form must be submitted prior to your event date.

Bear Lake FAM Camp is situated on a lake newly-stocked for fishing.

This year, mark your travel planner for Bear Lake FAM Camp – experience Interior Alaska without sacrificing comfort.


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