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“Be prepared to walk!”

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Ranked #12 of 58 things to do in Fairbanks
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre refuge on the site of the historic Creamer's Dairy in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Dairy was once the largest producer in Alaska and is on the historic registry of places. The refuge has miles of multi-use trails that are open year round and it is an excellent location for bird watching and wildlife viewing. The Farmhouse Visitor Center & Gift Shop is open daily in the summer from 9:30 - 5 and on Saturdays in the winter from Noon - 4. Guided Nature Walks are available Mon-Sat at 10 am June through August by trained naturalists. Non-profit organization "Friends of Creamer's Field" provides programs during the year at the state owned refuge. In the winter the trails are groomed for cross country skiing and skijoring. Dog mushers, walkers and runners also visit the fields and trails regularly. During the migration seasons the fields are closed except to the birds, but the other trails are still open away from the fields. Come visit!
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Wear comfy shoes! This is a beautiful, easy hike... and the history is interesting. Lots of permafrost forest to see, and depending on the year, some birds, a few birds, or a lot of birds! It is a nice little walk though, and you won't be disappointed.

2  Thank Candy H
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"boreal forest"
in 34 reviews
"bird watching"
in 16 reviews
"canada geese"
in 13 reviews
"dairy farm"
in 10 reviews
"crane festival"
in 10 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 11 reviews
"nature walk"
in 8 reviews
"great birding"
in 4 reviews
"enjoy nature"
in 4 reviews
"bird lovers"
in 4 reviews
"bird sanctuary"
in 4 reviews
"nice walk"
in 13 reviews
"cross country"
in 4 reviews
"different species"
in 4 reviews
"bug spray"
in 9 reviews
"visitor center"
in 18 reviews
"worth a stop"
in 7 reviews

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Reviewed 17 December 2017

The man, who is also an artist, from the Park Service, was very interesting to speak with. He gave us lots of information about the Boreal Forest, the various birds which are still visiting in winter. He has great sketches he's done and is willing to show and share. An interesting stop on the way to hike in the Boreal Forest.

Thank Pengirl1
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Reviewed 13 October 2017

When I think about our day in Fairbanks, the refuge is right at the top of my favorites. We only had an hour, so we chose to walk the Boreal Forest Trail. It was so incredibly peaceful, with lots of yellow from the willow and birch leaves changing color. No admission fee; however, you can support with a donation in the Visitor Center.

Thank Nancy S
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

The backdrop of the old Creamer's field barns are spectacular for the many varieties of water foul that migrate there every year. I personally have gotten some excellent photos of birds in flight. A great place to just come out and sit and relax and watch the birds.

Thank theresamT4410XN
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

When I lived here this was our go to place. We could see the migrating birds and explore the many trails. The down fall to Alaska is the state bird (the misquote) if it is in the summer time stop off at an out door store and get yourself some repellent you will need it. If you are here in the winter time it is covered in nothing but white and is beautiful. A lot of people come here to do their cross country skying. In the winter time you are able to walk some areas that you have not been able to do in the summer time that is because the water is frozen over. This is a great place to take the family.

Thank williamcF5930WR
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