Many interior boaters remember Ron and Lou Davis, the founders of CanoeAlaska. For over 25 years they taught a whole generation of Fairbanks Paddlers how to canoe. Sadly Ron is gone now, and we’d like to have a potluck to remember him with a wealth of friendship, good food, stories and toasts.

We’ve reserved the Pavilion #1 at Red Squirrel Campground at Chena Hot Spring Road MP 43 in the Chena River State Recreation Area, for the Saturday afternoon (3 PM till midnight) and Sunday morning (midnight till 2 PM) of July 20, and 21.

We plan a potluck cookout at 6 PM on Saturday, July 20th. Fairbanks Paddlers will provide hamburgers, brats, buns, and condiments. Please bring something to offer to complete the meal.

We encourage you to come for a paddle, a meal, perhaps an overnight stay.

The club is not organizing or sponsoring group paddling on the river.  There are several options for floats on the Upper Chena River for those with appropriate skills and safety gear.  Avoiding woody debris obstructing the river channel constitutes the main challenge of paddling sections of the Chena. Skills to recognize hazards, maneuver in swift current, and avoid sweepers or logjams are essential for a safe trip.

Additional information about the upper Chena:


If you plan to join us for the potluck and/or plan to camp at Red Squirrel, please RSVP by completing this form.