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“A hidden gem in Fairbanks”

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Ranked #10 of 56 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 14 February 2018 via mobile

This was our first visit to Creamers and we didn't have much expectations but were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our visit. The docent in the visitor center was very helpful in explaining the migratory habits of the birds and explaining where we might be able to watch some. There are two trails inside, I don't remember which one we took but it was absolutely beautiful. It was very peaceful and calming to walk amongst those tall birch trees, birds and hear the rustling of the leaves high above us. It was like being transported to another world right in the middle of Fairbanks city. I would highly recommend everyone to give this hidden gem a shot.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 6 February 2018

Great place to see sandhill crane. Arrived at 5:00am and the crane were coming in to feed in the field. There are a couple of observation towers and some nice trails running through the fields. Didn't visit the farm because it wasn't open at the time.

Date of experience: August 2017
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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.

Date of experience: March 2017
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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.

Date of experience: December 2017
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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.

Date of experience: September 2017
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