Natural Resources Office
Published July 24, 2017
Your guide to enjoying the Alaskan Outdoors.
The Natural Resources Office, Building 2215, is the nerve center of the base conservation education program. The entrance to the facility parking area is located across from the intersection of Manchu Trail and Central Avenue.
Displayed are aerial photographs of base and geologic survey maps of the surrounding Army lands as related to fishing, hunting, and trapping. Display racks contain Alaska fishing, hunting, and trapping regulations, hunting and fishing maps of base and the surrounding Army lands, handouts on base off-road vehicle policy, fishing, hunting, and recreation handouts, sportsmen's club membership applications, and more.
Bulletin boards contain information on trapping, fishing, hunting, canoeing, hiking, current natural resources projects, and cross-country skiing. Natural Resources maintains a reference library on a variety of natural resources subjects. On display are 39 birds, 14 fish, and 17 animals native to Alaska.
Natural Resources hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Because Natural Resources is responsible for all lands under Eielson's jurisdiction, many duties take the natural resources personnel away from the office. The office has a lobby filled with regulations and informational handouts that is open during normal hours of operation. The best times to view the office displays are Monday mornings and Wednesday and Friday afternoons. The Natural Resources telephone number is (907) 377-5182 or DSN (317) 377-5182.
Areas available for recreational use
Eielson Air Force Base is a 19,790-acre installation located in the interior of Alaska about 25 miles southeast of Fairbanks. About 15,754 acres are forested. There are 12 lakes totaling 333.7 acres, 80 ponds totaling 226.1 acres, and 27.7 miles of fresh-water streams. In addition to the main base,
Eielson has a 51-acre recreation area on Birch Lake, 35 miles to the south and a campground in the 690-acre Chena River Annex, 12 miles to the north. Eielson personnel can use the 248,000-acre Fort Wainwright Yukon Maneuver Area, which abuts Eielson's eastern boundary and the 643,000-acre Fort Wainwright Tanana Flats Training Area, which is 6 miles west of base across the Tanana River.
The Yukon Maneuver Area is accessible via three gravel roads. The Tanana Flats Training Area is not linked to any road system and is accessible by airplane, and boat in the summer, and snowmobile in the winter.