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Fort Wainwright lies near the cities of Fairbanks and North Pole in interior Alaska in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and is the fourth largest Army training area in the United States. Fort Wainwright consists of Main Post, Tanana Flats Training Area, Yukon Training Area, Donnelly Training Area, Gerstle River Training Area, Black Rapids Training Area, and Whistler Creek Training Area. Recreational activities are permitted on Fort Wainwright Training lands providing those activities do not conflict with the military mission or training activities. The Fort Wainwright U. S. Army Recreation Tracking System (USARTRAK) has been established to facilitate public recreational access to the Fort Wainwright training lands. USARTRAK is designed to keep you informed of training area closures, and to help you check in to open training areas. Please review important USARTRAK information below.
All recreational users on Fort Wainwright 16 years of age or older must register for the Recreation Access Permit (RAP) and sign in to the USARTRAK system before recreating.
Fort Wainwright is managed for a number of different types of public recreational use. All areas that are determined open for recreational use may be closed temporarily during periods of military use. Recreational areas are areas that are open to all types of recreation, including off-road vehicles (ORVs). Modified recreational use areas are areas that are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, skiing, and berry picking, but are not open to any type of ORV, except in the winter. Limited recreational use areas are restricted to all types of recreational use year round except hiking, skiing, bird watching, berry-picking, and other low impact recreation activities. Off-limits areas are restricted to public access and use year round.
USARTRAK allows users with a valid Fort Wainwright Recreation Access Permit to check in through this web site or through an automated telephone system (see below).
How to Gain Recreational Access to Fort Wainwright Training Lands:
- Obtain a Recreation Access Permit (RAP). You can obtain a RAP on this web site by selecting the PERMITS drop down menu and clicking on REGISTER FOR PERMIT or at any of our 3 kiosks located at the Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely Main Gate Visitors Centers (Greely is closed on weekends) or at the Fort Wainwright Environmental Division Office, Building 3023.
Check-In through USARTRAK. You may Check In through this web site's interactive map pages, or by calling the automated USARTRAK phone system (Toll Free 877-250-9781, Fairbanks: 907-353-3181, Delta Junction: 907-873-3181, Fort Wainwright Main Post: 907-353-3181). When checking in with USARTRAK, please remember that you must have a valid RAP, and that you will not be allowed to check in to areas which have been closed due to Army training activities.
If you have trouble getting a RAP or checking in, please call the Fort Wainwright Environmental Division Office at 907-361-9686.
We hope that you find this system easy to use. It is designed to make the registration and check-in process as simple as possible for you, the recreational user. Please have a safe and enjoyable visit on Fort Wainwright lands!