Outdoor Recreation Center (2022)

The Outdoor Recreation Center is your one-stop shop for outdoor adventure, trips, equipment check-out, and fishing programs. Outdoor Recreation offers year-round trips to help the Fort Wainwright community get out of the gate and into the state.

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Outdoor Recreation Policy

ODR will be taking the following precautions to ensure that the customers and employee's safety is maintained:

  • Moving to an appointment based pickup and return
  • Utilizing curb side pickup and returns
  • Designated 6 ft. spaces on the floors (follow signage)
  • Offering sanitizing spray for customers
  • Staff will be using appropriate PPE
  • Rental equipment will be sanitized before being placed outside for customer pickup
  • Rental equipment will be sanitized outside upon being returned

Whether you're an avid outdoors lover, complete novice, or somewhere in between, the Outdoor Recreation Center (ODR) is the place to be. We offer guided trips, equipment for check-out, adventure programs, clinics and training, Warrior Adventure Quest, and Women in the Wilderness Trips, and indoor climbing wall, and more!

To ensure optimum soldier and family customer service, reservations are required a minimum of 2 days in advance for equipment. For all motorized water craft and pull behind campers, reservations must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance.

In addition to equipment rental, we offer a large RV lot to store your RVs, boats and trailers of any size and up to 45ft.

FREE Activities Offered at Outdoor Recreation

ODR's 18-holeDisc Golf is located within Glass Park. Tee box 1 is across located near Outdoor Recreation, and across the street from Moose Loop RV Camp Grounds. This course takes you throughout Glass Park giving you the opportunity to see all that Glass Park and ODR has to offer.

These trails around on the edge of Glass Park and straddling along the Chena River do not require signup.

What to wear (recommended):
Hiking shoes or sneakers, light hiking socks, short sleeves and shorts, or choose breathable, light-weight long sleeves and pants if you're worried about bugs or sun exposure. Hat, wind proof outer layer and sunglasses.

What to bring (recommended):
Backpack, sunscreen, water bottle, face mask, snacks (banana, apple, beef jerky or trail mix), phone for pictures.

During the winter these trails become great areas for cross country skiing.

Outdoor Recreation Rental Policies

*All prices are subject to change at any time

  • Must be 18 years of age with a valid DoD ID
  • Equipment fees and Deposits must be paid in full at the time of reservation
  • Deposits must be made by credit or debit cards only
  • Equipment rentals can be picked up on Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Equipment returns will be accepted between 3 - 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday through Sunday
  • Cancellations less than 48 hours to pick-up-date will be charge a one-day rental fee
  • No cancellations or refunds for reservations on Federal Holidays
  • No refunds given for equipment unused or turned in early
  • Fees still apply on ODRs closure dates
  • ODR staff is not responsible to load or unload equipment
  • Late equipment will be charged the daily rental fee for each day until the equipment is returned
  • Reservations are on a first come first serve basis not to exceed 30 days in advance
Camping Gear / Grills / Fishing Gear

Camping Gear

Daily Rate

Additional Days Rate

Bear Barrel



2-Person Tent



4-Person Tent



5-Person Tent


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Sleeping Pad



Large Cooler



Backpack/Dry bag



Camp Chair



Camp Table



Baby Backpack


Fishing GearDaily RateAdditional Days Rate
Fly rod and reel$10$5
Trout rod and reel$10$5
Salmon rod and reel$15$5
CanopiesDaily RateAdditional Days Rate
EZ-Up 10x10$25N/A
Charcoal Grill$40
Propane Grill$55
Recreation Equipment and Outdoor Games
Recreational EquipmentDaily PriceAdditional Days Rate
Standup paddle board$35N/A
Water Skis$5$2
Knee / Wake Board$5$2
Mountain Bike$20N/A
Deluxe Mountain Bike$30N/A
Bike Kiddy Trailer$10$5
Gold Pan$3$1
Sluice Box$5$2
Bike Helmet$3$1
ATV Helmet$5$3
Log Splitter$60N/A
Generator 2000 Watts$40N/A
Picnic / Folding Table$7$3
Folding Chair$7$3
Life Jacket$3$1
One up 450 ATV$95N/A
Bounce House (XL)$100N/A
Bounce House$90N/A
Santa Suit$30N/A
Outdoor GamesDaily RateAdditional Days Rate
Volleyball Set$7$3
Volleyball Poles$5$2
Horseshoe Set$5$2
Disc Golf Set$5$2
Disc Golf Basket$15N/A
Cornhole Game$10$5
Tug-O-War Rope$5$2
Ladder Ball$5$2
Boats / Trailers / Car Haulers / Camping Trailers

*All prices are subject to change at any time.

  • Vehicle inspection is required every year per vehicle, this must be done prior to reservations by calling 361-6350 for an appointment
  • No cancellations or refunds for reservations on Federal Holidays

Daily Price
35HP Jetboat$80
Under 90HP Jetboat$95
150HP Jetboat$105
225HP Jetboat$120
Lake Boats (Props)Daily Price
18' Ski Boat$150
16' 60 HP Lake Boat$95
Non-Motorized BoatsDaily Price
Single Kayak$30
2-Person Inflatable Kayak$40
12' Jon Boat$35
14' Joe Boat$45
14' Raft$65
16' Raft$75
Oar Frame$25
Outboard Motors (Props)Daily Price
8 HP and under$25
15 HP$30
Trailers(Requires 2 5/16" Ball)Daily Price
Canoe Trailer$40
2-place Trailer$45
4-place Trailer$60
Car Hauler$50
Meat Wagon$40
9K Utility Trailer$65
3K Utility Trailer$55

Camping Trailers

(Propane not included)

Daily Price
16' Nash Trailer$75
19' Jayco Trailer$100
23' Jayco Trailer$115
Guided Adventures & Activities

Outdoor Recreation offers trips to meet the needs and interest for a wide range of people in our community. Ice climbing, white water rafting, overnight hiking, snowmachining, fishing, and rock climbing are just a few of the things that we know how to do best, and want to share with you!

Check the calendar for a list of our upcoming trips

Safety Certifications (ATV, Boater, and Snowmachine)

A large part of adventuring in Alaska's great outdoors is having fun, but it all starts with being safe. The Outdoor Recreation Center offers safety courses for ATV use, boating, and snowmachining.

In order to participate in ATV trips or to check-out a watercraft or snowmachine, you must obtain certification. Once you have finished watching the video portion included below, complete a knowledge test in-person at the Outdoor Recreation Center in order to obtain your certification.

ATV Certification

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1. Take the ATV Safety e-Course
2. Schedule an appointment with the Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation Center for the ATV Riders Course
3. Obtain ATV Safety Card

Additional guidance available

Boater Certification

1. Take the Boater Safety e-course
2. Visit the Outdoor Recreation Center to test your knowledge on Boater Safety
3. Obtain Boater Safety Certification

Snowmachine Safety Certification

1. Take the Snowmachine Safety e-course
2. Schedule an appointment with the Outdoor Recreation Center for the Snowmachine Riders Course
3. Obtain Snowmachine Safety Card

Additional guidance available

Indoor Climbing Wall

Join the ODR staff for one of our Belay Certification Clinics to get you on the wall and climbing. The climbing wall is available by appointment and walk-in (permitting staff allocation), and is geared towards climbers of different skill levels. Wall rental is available for groups and parties, and we can even do PT sessions for our Active Duty Soldiers. Please check out our calendar for upcoming classes and clinics.

Daily Price ListCost
Youth under 14 years oldPlease call ODR for pricing
14 years old and older$7/ per person with belay certification
14 years and older$14/per person without belay certification

Climbing Wall Belay Class, every Saturday, 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Must be 14 years old or older to become certified.

$10/per person

PT Climb

Please call ODR for pricing and availability

Climbing Wall Birthday PartiesPlease call ODR for pricing and availability

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RV and Tent Camping sites

Fort Wainwright hosts two campgrounds, Glass Park RV Campground and Chena Cove Campground, both located in picturesque settings adjacent to the Chena River. Interior Alaska's camping season runs from May through September, and is dependent on weather conditions.

Reservations in advance are highly encouraged to ensure availability. Call the Outdoor Recreation Center at +1 (907)361-6349 to make your reservation.

RV PARKDaily Price
RV Site, H20/Electricity$30
RV Site, H20 Only$25
Tent Site$15

Glass Park RV Campground
Glass Park RV Campground offers electric and water hookups, and accommodates large RVs in a private setting. Picnic areas are available throughout Glass Park for day use.

Chena Cove Campground
Further upriver from Glass Park lies the more primitive Chena Cove Campground. This campground offers a quiet setting next to a small cove of the Chena River. Individual primitive RV and tent sites are scattered throughout the campground, with easy access to pavilions and primitive restrooms.

Access to showers and laundry for both campgrounds is available at the nearby Outdoor Recreation Center.

Eagles Nest RV Storage

Eligible customers have access to the secured outdoor storage area, Eagles Nest, for storage of recreational vehicles such as campers, ATVs, boats, and motor homes. Please call ODR for current pricing.

10'x10' Storage: $40

12'x12' Storage: $45

(Video) Inside the Vanderbilt Outdoor Recreation Center

14'x45' Storage: $50

Please stop by Outdoor Recreation or +1 (907)361-6350">call for a copy of our rental agreement and to answer any question that you may have.

Warrior Adventure Quest

Warrior Adventure Quest is a centrally funded program designed to support and enhance greater Soldier/leader/unit cohesion, morale, and combat readiness, while contributing to mitigation and coping skill development, through the integration of outdoor high adventure activities.

The core of the WAQ program, is a one day adventure activity (ie, rock climbing, paintball, white water rafting, ice climbing) conducted by the local outdoor recreation staff. Please call +1(907) 361-2652">+1(907) 361-2652 or stop by to find out how to get your Unit enrolled!

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Women in the Wilderness

Fort Wainwright has an awesome program called Women in the Wilderness. In WIW, we take groups of ladies only out for our outdoor adventure programs, it's just a day for you to enjoy and relax. So call your girlfriends, bring your daughters, mothers, and sisters and join us for a day in nature powered by pure girl power!

Winter Equipment Rates

Please call ODR for current pricing.

Winter rentals available between October1 - June 1


Daily Rate

Week Rate

Adult Ski or Snowboard Package

ski or snowboard, boots, helmet (13 & Up)



Junior Ski or Snowboard Package

ski or snowboard, boots, helmet (12 & Under)



Cross Country Ski Package


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Adult Ski’s



Junior Ski’s



Adult Ski Boots



Junior Ski Boots









Winter Gear rentals are on a first come first serve basis. No Reservations

Explore more of Alaska with Fort Greely

Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely work together to bring Outdoor experiences to our Service Members and their Families.

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Check out the Fort Greely Outdoor Recreation Center for additional trips and equipment to check out.


What is outdoor recreation your answer? ›

Outdoor recreation refers to leisure activities that take place in a natural setting and benefit the body, mind and/or spirit. Examples are hiking, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing. Outdoor recreation can overlap with competitive outdoor activities such as orienteering or ski races.

Why outdoor recreation activities are important Explain your reasons? ›

Spending time in nature and the natural light can improve your mood and reduce stress and depression. Engaging in physical activity produces similar benefits and often times relaxes and cheers people up. Your self-esteem will improve. Outdoor exercise stimulates all five senses in a way that indoor activities cannot.

What are the things you need to consider in participating in an outdoor recreational activities? ›

4 Tips to Boost Safety
  • Travel with a Buddy. In the case that something goes terribly wrong, you don't want to be alone. ...
  • Be in Good Physical Condition. Whether you're playing soccer or going mountain biking you need to be in good physical condition for your activity. ...
  • Wear Appropriate Clothing. ...
  • Be Weather Wise.
2 Feb 2017

How can the outdoor recreational activities help the community? ›

Communities that participate in sport and recreation develop strong social bonds, are safer places and the people who live in them are generally healthier and happier than places where physical activity isn't a priority. Sport and recreation builds stronger, healthier, happier and safer communities.

What is the best outdoor recreational activity? ›

Most Fun Outdoor Recreational Activities
  • Hiking.
  • Camping.
  • Glamping.
  • Picnicking.
  • Swimming.
  • Fishing.
  • Kayaking.
  • Snorkeling.
2 Jun 2021

How can recreational activities benefit your health? ›

better bone and muscle development and prevention of osteoporosis. improved muscle flexibility, strength and endurance. reduced risk of dying prematurely. reduced risk of falling, and improved mobility and strength for older adults.

What is the importance of outdoor recreation to you as a student? ›

Outdoor learning improves child development.

By heading outside and learning in nature, kids improve their emotional, intellectual, and behavioral development. Outdoor learning helps foster the development of creativity, problem-solving, independence, and confidence.

What are some of the benefits of outdoor recreation essay? ›

Outdoor activities have the mental benefits such as the overall stress reduction. Thinking capacity also tends to improve through improvement of attention that enhances connectivity in the brain and allows people to have good focus. Workouts also give one an opportunity to be joyous (Sisson 2).

How do outdoor activities improve health and fitness? ›

Outdoor exercise has a stronger effect on blood pressure and mood than indoor exercise. Stress is relieved within minutes of exposure to nature as measured by muscle tension, blood pressure, and brain activity. To put it simply, time spent outside is good for you!

What is the importance of planning in outdoor activities or in other events? ›

With careful planning, an approach could have been found to bring this event indoors or an activity that was less dependent on weather could have been selected. With careful planning, event planners can avoid many of the pitfalls of outdoor events and ensure that everyone has a great time.

How can we prevent and treat outdoor injuries? ›

Best Practices to Prevent Outdoor Injuries
  1. Explore with Caution. The first thing to do whenever you're headed for a hike, a camping trip, or anything else is to start your adventure with caution. ...
  2. Use the Buddy System. ...
  3. Bring Plenty of Water. ...
  4. Clean the Wound. ...
  5. Walk Slow and Steady. ...
  6. Call for Help.

What is the importance of recreational activities essay? ›

Overall it can be said that, recreational activities help in overall development of a student's physically, mentally, and emotionally. It not only helps to gather knowledge but to use it ethically to lead a healthy and better life. It teaches one to think with reason and live with a more practical approach to life.

How the outdoor recreation can help in the development of one's social skills? ›

It allows them to learn how to make good social decisions for themselves, develop self-confidence, and acknowledge their own abilities and strengths. Outdoor play also provides a safe environment where children can begin to learn how to deal with conflict and aggression.

What are the benefits of outdoor activities? ›

Physical Benefits

Regular outdoor activity provides a number of physical health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced arthritis pain, weight loss and lowered risk of diabetes, certain cancers, osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

What is recreational activities in your own words? ›

Recreation refers to all those activities that people choose to do to refresh their bodies and minds and make their leisure time more interesting and enjoyable. Examples of recreation activities are walking, swimming, meditation, reading, playing games and dancing.

How important is outdoor recreation to our economy? ›

Outdoor recreation can continue to be a jobs generator and economic driver. the outdoor recreAtIon economy generAtes $80 bILLIon In nAtIonAL, stAte And LocAL tAx revenues eAch yeAr. Cities and towns across the country are tapping into the business of outdoor recreation, and for good reason.

What is the importance of recreational activities in our daily lives? ›

Recreational activities have a considerate effect on the mind and the overall health of an individual. Recreation helps manage stress, boosts physical activity and ultimately contributes towards improving the overall quality of life.

Why is it important to engage in any outdoor recreational activities especially in this time of the pandemic? ›

Additionally, participation in regular physical activity is shown to boost the immune system. Reduction in substance use is also associated with improvement in the body's ability to fight off infection.

How is outdoor learning effective? ›

Enhanced Communication And Socio-Emotional Skills:

Outdoor education calls for collaboration and team building tasks. Children learn to communicate with each other, problem solve and build healthy relationships. It gives them the space to explore, discover and think freely, thus reduce barriers to communication.

How can you encourage people to do recreational activities? ›

Here are a few ways to make it something that everyone will look forward to.
  1. Spend Time Outside. Playing is a need that is ingrained in everyone, both children and adults. ...
  2. Focus on Activity-Based Toys. ...
  3. Encourage Recreational Activities. ...
  4. Plant a Garden. ...
  5. Find Fun Ways to Do Chores.
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Why is it important to follow safety practices in the outdoors? ›

Though the wilderness and outdoor activities are amazing, they can also be extremely dangerous. Getting lost, getting hurt, and withstanding the elements can be hazardous aspects to outdoor adventuring. For that reason, it's important to take precautions.

How can you show your care and respect to nature while engaging to outdoor recreational activities? ›

Do Your Part to Respect the Environment
  1. Not breaking off any tree limbs, or otherwise damaging any trees or plants.
  2. Not feeding the wildlife.
  3. Keeping all luggage, apparel, and accessories in a specified area (so you are less likely to leave anything behind)
6 Oct 2018

What is recreational safety? ›

Recreational safety refers to safety pertaining to leisure or risk-taking activities. One important subtype of recreational safety is water safety, safety in and around water and water-related activities.

How do you host an effective outdoor event? ›

How to Plan an Outdoor Event in 10 Steps
  1. Find a great outdoor event venue. The venue is an important component of any outdoor event. ...
  2. Hire a caterer. ...
  3. Get the right permits. ...
  4. Know the rules. ...
  5. Ensure that attendees will be comfortable. ...
  6. Source the right equipment. ...
  7. Get the right tools and technology. ...
  8. Think about accessibility.

How is doing outdoor recreational activity with your loved ones contribute significant changes? ›

Reduce Mental Stress and Anxiety

A calm and peaceful mind is important to function normally. Recreational activities are the best ways to lower tense feelings, reduce mental stress, and relieve anxiety. Recreational activities with your loved ones will reduce tension and stress and help you stay satisfied.

What is the importance of first aid and safety tips in participation of recreational activities? ›

Knowledge of first aid promotes the sense of safety and well being amongst people, prompting them to be more alert and safe in the surroundings they dwell in. Awareness and desire to be accident free keeps you more safe and secure, reducing the number of causalities and accidents.

How can accidents be prevented on recreational areas? ›

Recreation Accident Prevention

Wear seat belts or a helmet if riding a motorcycle or bike. Pay attention to your children and others who may be playing around concrete or steel. Wear life jackets while swimming.

What are the common factors why people experience injuries during outdoor recreation? ›

Our muscles become tense as we lose water during physical activities – this can then lead to muscle tension and cramps, which in turn, increase the risk of injuries such as muscle sprains. Always bring along a bottle of water when you head outside.

Why recreational activity is very important to the family? ›

Recreation has two main purposes for the family. First, it has the potential to bring families closer together. Second, recreation can be struc- tured to support families by providing a safe and enriching environment for children—one that reinforces the values of the family while the par- ents are at work.

How important is outdoor recreation to our economy? ›

Outdoor recreation can continue to be a jobs generator and economic driver. the outdoor recreAtIon economy generAtes $80 bILLIon In nAtIonAL, stAte And LocAL tAx revenues eAch yeAr. Cities and towns across the country are tapping into the business of outdoor recreation, and for good reason.

What are recreational activities for students? ›

Recreational Activities for College Students
  • The Arts. College students who are interested in the arts can look into attending dance performances, concerts, or plays on campus. ...
  • Sports. ...
  • Community Service Groups. ...
  • Religious Groups. ...
  • Professional Associations. ...
  • Diversity Groups. ...
  • Think Quality, Not Quantity.

What do you mean by outdoor sports? ›

1. outdoor sport - a sport that is played outdoors. field sport. hunting, hunt - the pursuit and killing or capture of wild animals regarded as a sport.

What is indoor and outdoor recreational activities? ›

Indoor activities are carried out inside a space. They are limited to the conditions of the place where they are held, to the number of people participating in the activities, among other factors. Outdoor activities are carried out in an outdoor space. It can be a green space on a property or in contact with nature.

How does recreational activities affect the environment? ›

When you look deeper into the effects of recreation on the environment, you will find that the impacts are even more specific. These activities cause noise and light pollution, consumption of natural and non-renewable resources, greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of the ozone layer.

What do you think are the importance of outdoor sports in this time of pandemic? ›

For unvaccinated people, outdoor activities that are near where you live and allow plenty of space between you and others pose a lower risk of spread of the COVID-19 virus than indoor activities do. Being outside offers other benefits, too.

What is the importance of recreational activities in our daily lives? ›

Recreational activities have a considerate effect on the mind and the overall health of an individual. Recreation helps manage stress, boosts physical activity and ultimately contributes towards improving the overall quality of life.

What is the importance of recreational activities essay? ›

Some positives are that it makes you healthier, making yourself feel mentally and physically better. It makes you feel better because you get lots of training and you get more fit, making you and your body feel better. You receive lots of training, and other things that you will use for the rest of your life.

How can you promote recreational activities to everyone? ›

Here are a few ways to make it something that everyone will look forward to.
  1. Spend Time Outside. Playing is a need that is ingrained in everyone, both children and adults. ...
  2. Focus on Activity-Based Toys. ...
  3. Encourage Recreational Activities. ...
  4. Plant a Garden. ...
  5. Find Fun Ways to Do Chores.
20 Jun 2020

What is the example of outdoor activities? ›

Other traditional examples of outdoor recreational activities include hiking, camping, mountaineering, cycling, dog walking, canoeing, caving, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, running, sailing, skiing, sky diving and surfing.

What is outdoor recreation in physical education? ›

Outdoor recreation, is any leisure time activity which is being conducted outdoor where individuals engages themselves either physically or mentally from a range of choices of activities for their personal satisfaction and enjoyment.

What are examples of recreational activities? ›

Examples of recreation activities are walking, swimming, meditation, reading, playing games and dancing. Leisure refers to the free time that people can spend away from their everyday responsibilities (e.g. work and domestic tasks) to rest, relax and enjoy life.

What is the most popular outdoor activity? ›

Top 10 Most Popular Outdoor Activities in the USA
  • Running. Running is by far the most popular outdoor activity in the USA. ...
  • Fishing. Fishing is consistently a very popular outdoor pursuit in the USA. ...
  • Hiking. ...
  • Bicycling. ...
  • Camping. ...
  • Wildlife Viewing. ...
  • Hunting. ...
  • Skiing.
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Do you prefer outdoor or indoor activities? ›

We prefer outdoors activities. Some of the reasons why include: fresh air, beautiful scenery, fun activities, and added health benefits. outdoor recreational activities are a great way to see new things and enjoy experiences not replicable being indoors.

Is indoor activities are more beneficial than outdoor activities? ›

Encourages Creative Flow—Kids are more likely to use their creativity when engaging in certain activities indoors. Arts and crafts and story time encourage kids to be creative, thoughtful and imaginative in ways they can't always express outside.


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