Chena Salmon

Did You Know?

The Chena River is the second largest producer of Chinook or King Salmon to the Yukon River on the American side?  Juvenile chinook are born and live close to the banks of the Chena when they are young.  The Chena Salmon Project is a citizen scientist study of juvenile Chinook salmon on the Chena River.  To carry out this project, TVWA field technicians partner with volunteer citizen scientists to collect data vital to the understanding of Chinook salmon including: numbers and size of juvenile Chinook and other fish in the river, water quality testing, and habitat conditions. These partnerships connect the community with nature in a relevant way, generating a stakeholder attitude toward the Chena River, resulting in untapped demographics of stewardship for local salmon resources.


Click to download the reports:

2013 Chena Salmon Report 

2014 Chena Salmon Report 

Historical Stats

2012: 124 volunteers worked at 14 sites along the lower Chena River weekly from May 15-October 1.

 2013: 87 volunteers worked at 14 sites along the lower Chena River weekly from June 1 to 1 October 1, 2013. We estimate that through our outreach efforts, educated over 3,000 local residents and visitors about the importance of the Chena River as habitat for Chinook salmon and other fish. Working together, TVWA staff educated the public about fish biology and promoted public stewardship of local salmon by monitoring the Chena River.

2014: Was the final year for the project – we shifted our focus to sharing information at 13 community events and demonstrations - reaching over 3000 local residents and visitors.

2014 Data Results

Chena Salmon Results

Join us in 2015!

During the summer of 2015 we will be holding monthly sampling events open to the public at Pike's Landing (1850 Hoselton Drive Fairbanks, AK 99709).  These events will take place at 2:00 on the following Saturdays:

  • May 16

  • June 20

  • July 18

  • August 15

  • September 19

This is a free public demonstration that is educational and hands-on!  To join the fun RSVP to

Look What We Caught! (an arctic lamprey)

A chinook salmon caught on the Chena River!

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