Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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!
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Sunnyrad
Carolina Beach, NC5 contributions
Friends
Great! We didn’t think they’d still be here but we got to watch tons of sand hill cranes. Amazing to see. They have lookout stations and trails that join with Wedgwood so we had a nice afternoon hiking both and exploring fountainhead auto museum
Written August 30, 2022
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Kris G
Makakilo, HI12 contributions
Family
We visited in the winter and the snowy trails through the boreal forest were breathtaking. We wandered around two days in a row here enjoying the scenery and views. My young boys loved looking for tracks in the snow and other signs of wildlife. The real gem is the visitor center though, I’m so glad we stopped in! Beautiful taxidermy displays of many bird species and sketches with information cover the walls. My boys really enjoyed their bird call book and listening to the sounds of the birds. The gal working the desk is incredibly knowledgeable on all things birds and was so patient with my boys questions. My oldest son noted the sketches on the wall and inquired about them, the artist Mark Ross was actually upstairs and came down to talk with my son about drawing and observing. He inspired my son and was so kind and patient. The visitor center is so full of interesting info and sights, be sure to check it out!
Written March 30, 2022
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Jackie K
106 contributions
This was a great place to take a mile+ hike. You are never really far from your car but it feels like another world. The frozen bent snow heavy trees against the frail daylight was beautiful. We even spotted a moose who quickly scurried away.
Written December 31, 2019
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chang
Sunnyvale, CA14 contributions
We were here in a " Excellent " Aurora condition night but we didn't see Aurora. We followed the Fairbank "Where to view Aurora" in Fairbank. We stayed there between 1 AM-2 AM but no viewing... Suggest still spend some money to go 15 mins away of city for Aurora viewing house. We did that in second day and we did see Aurora.
Written February 17, 2022
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Carole-688
Lafayette, CA225 contributions
Beautiful wide open field. We went there in the winter and it was filled with thick snow. Still a nice area to walk and view the Northern light. We stayed at the Wedgwood and that was only a few minites walk to the field.
Written March 31, 2022
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Terralee P
Long Beach, CA441 contributions
Couples
Right in Fairbanks, Creamer’s Field is a good place to see the lights. We were able to see them with a 4 rating between 1:30 and 2am. If you don’t see activity at one part of he parking off College, try the opposite end - that’s where we saw them. And it was free!
Written February 11, 2020
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James
Fairbanks, AK5 contributions
I've been coming to Creamers Field since I was a kid. Its environment is changing with each season due to its diverse landscape it seems different and new each time I go. There is so much to take in and see at any time of the year. It is truly my favorite place in Fairbanks. Free for all and they aren't selling anything. Such an incredible gift.
Written October 15, 2021
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Dave R
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I have been to Fairbanks twice. Understand, the the sandhill cranes migrate later in the summer (my first experience). When they are there, the huge field is packed with them and it is quite the site. During my June visit, there were only a dozen or so. So I would rate this as a 5+ in late summer and a 2 in June.
Written July 1, 2022
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Elizabeth P
17 contributions
In February 2020 we visited in the afternoon, a helpful worker pointed us to trail maps and we enjoyed the boreal forest boardwalk trail. In March 2021 we returned, and this time more interesting birds were at the feeders and trees. I saw my first bohemian waxwing bird and cute common redpolls and chickadees. On March 20 there was a strong corona aurora and we viewed this wonder over Creamers Field. I hope sometime we can return during migration when it's not frozen over!
Written March 29, 2021
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Carolyn J
Anchorage, AK683 contributions
Take a good pair of binoculars and prepare to be dazzled. We saw sandhill cranes, white geese, ducks and Canadian geese, and a plastic flamingo.
It is such a peaceful quite setting that it is no wonder the birds delay their migration to stop over at Creamer's Field
Written May 26, 2020
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