July 6, 2018
Summer Time in Fairbanks!
Chitina dipnetting in 2017
This summer in Fairbanks, there are many opportunities for fun and recreation! The days are already getting shorter, so get out there and take advantage of all that Interior Alaska has to offer. The Chena River State Recreation Area is one of the best opportunities for fishing, hiking and camping in all of Alaska and it is right in our backyard! Denali National Park is just down the road and America’s largest national park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, is a day trip away. One of my favorite weekend adventures is to bike or drive across the Denali Highway, or you can rent a public use cabin from the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation or the Department of Fish and Game.
If you don’t have time to make if out of Fairbanks, then check out Creamer’s Field, Tanana Lakes or one of the many parks around town. There are many places to go and sights to see that it is impossible to do it in one summer!
Chitina May be Closed, But That Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Go Fishing in Fairbanks!
Like many Fairbanksans, I am disappointed to hear the personal use dipnet fishery at Chitina is closed because of record low returns. Many Alaskans rely on catching Copper River reds to put quality protein on their family dinner table. Yet, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game manages our fisheries for maximum sustainable yield and sometimes this means fisheries will be closed to reach escapement goals to ensure there are fish for future years.
Rep. Kawasaki and neighbors at Aurora Park
If you would like to do some fishing this summer, then check out some of the stocked lakes and ponds around Fairbanks. Just make sure to check the latest fishing regs and emergency orders before you head out. To make fishing easier, the legislature passed HB 260 this year, a bill that I co-sponsored, that allows anglers and hunters to use an electronic version of their licenses instead of a paper one.
Tues, July 10: Meet Me at My Next Picnic in the Park
One of my favorite summertime activities is grilling up hamburgers for friends and family. Earlier this summer, I held picnics at Bluebell Park and Aurora Park. My next Picnic in the Park is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 from 4:30 to 6:30pm at Kiana Park, located at 1802 Kiana St in Fairbanks.
This is a great opportunity to join your neighbors to ask questions and discuss how we can improve our community. I will provide the food and drinks, all you need to do is come by. I hope to see you there!
Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,
Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks
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