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Location: Situated at the end of South Cushman Road within the Tanana Lakes Recreation Area, Fairbanks, AK. Coordinates: 64.79401, -147.69615

Managed By: Fairbanks North Star Borough Game Management Unit: 20B

Overview: Serving an impressive estimated 100,000 users annually, the South Cushman Shooting Range is especially active in August as hunters gear up for the season. The range, which spans 300 yards, is not only popular among hunters but also attracts target shooters and hosts various educational courses. Over the years, renovations and safety enhancements have transformed what was once a deteriorating outdoor range into a modern facility equipped to serve all shooting enthusiasts.


  • Newly renovated in accordance with NRA standards.
  • Enhanced safety with the introduction of protective berms.
  • The creation of a center berm allows for two separate shooting areas.
  • A redesigned roof structure shelters users during adverse weather.
  • Features refurbished shooting benches, including those compliant with the ADA.
  • Smooth pathways, ADA-accessible parking spots, and concrete walkways leading from firing lines to restrooms and parking.
  • A durable concrete vault toilet.

Operating Hours: 7am to 10pm. Cost: Completely FREE for public use.

Highlights from User Reviews:

  • Strengths: Most users commend the range for being free of charge, offering a variety of shooting options, including a 25-meter handgun range and a 300+ yard range for rifles. The revamped seating and tables also receive positive feedback. It’s advised to visit earlier in the day for a more serene experience and less crowd.
  • Weaknesses: Some patrons note the presence of trash around the facility, suggesting future visitors bring their own target stands. A few users mention the importance of staying vigilant due to some attendees not adhering to range rules. A suggestion to bring your own targets was also commonly noted.

Tips from Regulars:

  • To beat the crowds, consider going during off-peak hours, especially avoiding weekends or arriving early.
  • Always prioritize safety and be alert to others around you. It’s also a good idea to visit with a friend.
  • Don’t forget to bring your targets and stands, as these are not provided.



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Opening Hours

  • Monday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday 12:00 PM - 08:00 AM
  • Thursday 10:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday 10:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday 08:00 AM - 10:00 PM