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Nenana

Population: 553.

Located at the confluence of the Tanana and Nenana rivers, 57 miles south of Fairbanks at Milepost 304.5 Parks Highway.

Visitor Information
Log cabin visitor center at the junction of the Parks Highway and A Street open Memorial Day to Labor Day; phone (907) 832-5435.

Nenana is an Athabascan word meaning “a good place to camp between rivers” and is currently the hub for tug boat/barge shipping in the Interior.  May to September is peak delivery time for numerous villages on the river system to receive their supplies by barge rather than the more expensive air transport. Originally known as Tortella (a mangling of the Athabascan “Toghottele”), Nenana boomed in the early 1920s due to railroad construction, and this is where President Warren G. Harding drove the golden spike signaling the completion of the railroad.

Nenana has a couple of dining options, gas, lodging at the Rough Woods Inn phone 907-832-5299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Camp at the Nenana RV Park & Campground phone 907-832-5230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Home of the Nenana Ice Classic and Palmer's Cabin Fever Gifts phone 907-982-7715 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Call Parks Highway Towing for auto repair and recovery, phone 800-478-8697.

Attractions:

  • The Nenana Ice Classic, an annual event that awards cash prizes to the lucky winners who guess the exact minute of the ice breakup on the Tanana River. Ice Classic festivities begin the last weekend in February with the Tripod Raising
  • The Alaska Railroad Depot is on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Alfred Starr Cultural Center sells and displays local Athabascan arts and crafts and has historical display.

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