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1300 College Road
Fairbanks, AK 99708
Visitor Center Hours
*SUMMER* Schedule: Daily
9:30AM-5:00 PM and during programs.
Creamer's Field Refuge and trails are open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
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May 15, 2017
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Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200 acre state owned wildlife refuge located in Fairbanks, Alaska, just north of the city center on College Road. The pastoral focal points of the Refuge are the historic dairy buildings and the farm fields which now are used exclusively by migrating waterfowl and other wildlife. The Refuge also boasts wetland habitat and boreal forest habitat which are easily explored by miles of well-maintained walking trails. The Creamer’s Field trail system is open year-round and multi-use trails are groomed throughout the winter. In addition to the trails, there are viewing platforms around the margins of the fields as well as a Visitor Center and gift shop located in the historic Farmhouse. Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is open to most public uses provided the activity does not damage refuge resources, disturb wildlife or disrupt existing public uses. Allowed activities generally include hunting, trapping, fishing, wildlife watching, hiking, and snow machining.
To reach the Refuge from College Road, turn North at the Danby Road intersection and follow the road in front of the Department of Fish and Game Administration building toward the front field viewing area. Turn North on Creamer’s Lane to reach the Farmhouse Visitor Center and the main Trailhead.
Ample car and RV parking are available near the Farmhouse, along Creamer’s Lane, and in the front field viewing area. There are also two handicap accessible spots next to the Farmhouse entrance ramp.
R esponsibility - Take care of your refuge.
E yes & ears - Look and listen for wildlife.
S hhh - Increase your chance of seeing wildlife.
, P ets - Keep them under strict control.
E njoy yourself. Come back again.
C arry out all that you bring in.
T reat wildlife and other people with respect.
FARMHOUSE VISITOR CENTER
The Farmhouse is located just in front of the dairy barns and creamery building. Information on trails, programs and events, and membership can be found in the Farmhouse entryway which is always open, or at the main trailhead kiosk near the Farmhouse. Trail maps are available in the Visitor Center, the Farmhouse entryway, and the trailhead kiosk for a suggested $1 donation. You can also borrow them for free and return them when you are finished exploring the trails.
Volunteers staff the Farmhouse and are available to answer your questions when the Farmhouse is open. Winter hours (September 16 through May 31) are Saturdays from Noon to 4 pm and during scheduled events. Summer hours (June 1 through September 15) are Daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Guided Nature Walks led by a trained naturalist are available year-round. The Summer schedule hours are from June 1 - August 31, Monday through Saturday at 10 am and Wednesday nights at 7 pm. Winter Noon Nature Walks are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 1 through the end of November (except for Thanksgiving Day), and again March through the end of May. There is no charge, but donations are always appreciated.
Inside the Farmhouse Visitor Center there are exhibits on bird migration, information on some of the wildlife found on the Refuge, and the history of historic Creamer’s Dairy. There is also a small Gift Shop carrying an array of nature-themed and locally made items, cards and books. Members receive a 10% discount on purchases.
Bottled water is available for sale in the Farmhouse and outdoor toilets are located near the picnic area and viewing platform. There is no potable water at the Farmhouse or on the refuge.
TRAILS and VIEWING AREAS
The trails, viewing areas, and viewing platforms are always open. During bird migration periods the fields are closed and all visitors must stay on the trails. Dogs should always be leashed. And please, clean up after your dogs. There are doggy stations set up on the trails. Please use them, and keep the trails clean for others.
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