Tanana Alaska Information

Tanana Alaska Information
Tanana is a tiny bush village of less than 350 people that is located on the Yukon River in Alaska. Mostly Athabascan, the town sees an occasional adventure tourist, but generally runs self sufficiently on its own.


Tanana is located on the Yukon river, and over 150 miles from Fairbanks, the largest city in Interior Alaska. The only way in is by charter flight, as there are no connecting roads.


Tanana is mostly Athabascan, with nearly 80 percent of the population being Native American according to the U.S. Census. Most of the rest are white, with a few multi-ethnic individuals.

Outdoor Activities

Tanana is literally in the heart of the Alaskan wilderness. Fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, and four wheeling are natural past times in the area.


There are no roads from Fairbanks, so to get to Tanana you will need to fly in a small charter plane into Ralph M. Calhoun Memorial Airport. In town walking, four wheeling, or in winter, snowmobiling are the main methods of getting around.


Despite being in "town," you're in the middle of Alaskan wilderness. Have bear spray, survival kit, first aid kit, and a mobile GPS at the very minimum.

Famous Ties

Morris Thompson was a successful native businessman and politician, who served as a special assistant to the Secretary of the Interior under Richard Nixon and as Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Unfortunately after dying in a plane crash, his name was also used as part of a major email scam in 2005.

Article Written By Monty Dayton

Monty Dayton is a professional freelance writer who has worked for the ACLU, Touchstone Publishing LLC, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and many other employers. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Alaska and loves writing about travel, the outdoors and health topics.

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