Flood Control Project opened to winter motor vehicle use

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The Chena Flood Control Project opened to recreational use for motorized vehicles on November 1.

Recreational access point for the Chena Flood Control Project. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

Levi Lewellyn, the Park Manager for the flood control area, says that the nearly 20,000-acre park is open for snow machines and other recreational vehicles to enjoy. He said most of the property is open for use, including the flats. There are signs along the access points that show people where they are allowed to enter.

Even though most of the area is open for use there are some places that people aren’t allowed to use motorized vehicles on.

"The most important thing is, we have this dam here that protects Fairbanks, and we want to make sure that people understand that the dam is the entire extent, from the Chena River all the way to the Tanana River. We want to make sure that snowmachines and off-road vehicles stay off of that to help keep the integrity of the dam,” Lewellyn said.

Lewellyn said that there are very few other areas that are restricted and that they are clearly marked.

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