Chena Lake has two distinct personalities: The Lake Park and The River Park. The two parks were created at the same time an earthfill dam was constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers in response to devastating Chena River floods in 1967. The dam is 7.1 miles long and controls nearly 1,500 miles of watershed that would otherwise freely flow into Fairbanks.
Summit Trail follows a ridge all the way from Elliot Highway to Beaver Creek. There is a shelter cabin 8 miles from the trail head that is available to hikers on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blueberry and cranberry can be had along the trail, especially once you reach the first summit. Watch closely for bears in the brushy areas.