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Chena River at Fairbanks Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesCHFA2(plotting HGIRZ) Graph Created (2:47PM Mar 28, 2020)Flood Stage is 12 ft
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NOTE: Gauge reading may be affected by ice during freezing weather from November to April.

NOTE: Forecasts for the Chena River at Fairbanks are issued routinely during the warm season, and as needed at other times of the year.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 16
Moderate Flood Stage: 14
Flood Stage: 12
Action Stage: 11
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 18.82 ft on 08/15/1967
(2) 14.17 ft on 05/21/1948
(3) 12.64 ft on 05/30/1960
(4) 12.03 ft on 06/04/1964
(5) 11.30 ft on 05/17/1963
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 8.82 ft on 08/30/2015
(2) 9.94 ft on 07/05/2014
(3) 8.46 ft on 05/27/2013
(4) 7.20 ft on 05/30/2012
(5) 7.80 ft on 07/06/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

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Currently none available.
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Latitude/Longitude Disclaimer: The gauge location shown in the above map is the approximate location based on the latitude/longitude coordinates provided to the NWS by the gauge owner.
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7.65 At 7.65 (7,850 cfs) there is 5 feet of clearance under the Barnette St Bridge Based on measurements 5/25/2018
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Latitude: 64.845833° N, Longitude: 147.701111° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
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Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 12 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 NULL NULL Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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The US Army Corps of Engineers Chena River Lakes Flood Control Project upstream of Fairbanks regulates flows through downstream Fairbanks to a level not to exceed 12,000 cfs. Unregulated Little Chena River flows can result in flows higher than 12,000 cfs in downtown Fairbanks even with the Chena Project diverting 100% of the Chena River flows at the flood control project to the Tanana River. Low lying areas downstream from the project may experience minor flooding during a normal flood control operation. More information about the Chena Lakes Flood Control project can be found at: http://

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Fairbanks, AK 99775-7345
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