Owned and operated by Ron and Shirley Franklin since 1974, Chatanika Lodge has grown in leaps and bounds. In 1975
the lodge burnt down, but was rebuilt and back in operation within 3 months, adding additions for the next 15 years to what it is today.
Chatanika Lodge is a historical adventure, going back in time with all the Alaskan artifacts on the walls, along with tall tales
of the past, shared with some of the customers whom frequent our establishment. We offer breakfast, lunch, & dinner
everyday, except Tuesday (as we are closed). We have rooms for rent with bathrooms and showers down the hall.
We have spectacular "Aurora viewing" from our lodge, during the winter months. Throughout the year, we have special
activities that we celebrate ....Halloween party, Christmas parties for the children, New Years, Luau/Beach party, Easter,
Motorcycle runs, Antique car/Muscle car event, Dart Tournaments, weddings, etc.
Chatanika is a small unincorporated community located in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States, north-northeast of the city of Fairbanks. The community runs along an approximately 20-mile (32 km) stretch of the Steese Highway, the majority of which sees the highway paralleled by the Chatanika River. The community consists of sparsely scattered residential subdivisions, several roadside businesses, a boat launch where the Steese Highway crosses the Chatanika River, relics of past gold mining operations in the area and the Poker Flat Research Range operated by the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Chatanika was one of over a dozen small communities in the vicinity of Fairbanks whose prosperity was tied to gold mining during the Fairbanks Gold Rush. Chatanika, as the northern terminus of the narrow-gauge Tanana Valley Railroad, also owed much of its early prosperity to railroad operations, which were closely tied to the mining activity. Chatanika, along with Fox, are the only two of the numerous communities in the hills immediately north of Fairbanks which has managed to remain populated and maintain a distinct community identity.
Chatanika is a small unincorporated community located in the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska, United States, north-northeast of the city of Fairbanks. The community runs along an approximately 20-mile stretch of the Steese Highway, the majority of which sees the highway paralleled by the Chatanika River.
5760 Steese Hwy,
Fairbanks, AK 99712
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