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Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Rex Trail Updates

Trail Obstruction Notice:


Please be aware that there is a Foremost Chieftain stuck on the Rex Trail between the Totatlanika and Tatlanika Rivers. DNR is working with the owner to remove it.

Please Note:


Seven Mile Lake Reroute Project is complete and open to all traffic. Please use this new route and avoid travel along the original trail near the lake.

DMLW inspected the reroute prior to the 2019 hunting season. The reroute was intact and travelable despite heavy rains and flooding in the surrounding area at the time of the inspection. Signs have been posted at both intersections directing all traffic onto the reroute. Additional signs were posted on the original trail stating that it is closed for rehabilitation. Trail monitoring sites were also established during this inspection and initial data collected for the trail monitoring project.

Along the reroute.
Along the reroute.
A big dip.
A big dip.
Eastern enterance to reroute.
Eastern enterance to reroute.
Western enterance to reroute.
Western enterance to reroute.
Old 7 mile lake section is now closed.
Old 7 mile lake section is now closed.

Important Management Notice:


2020 Amended Administrative Decision

The 2008 Administrative Decision that temporarily restricts summer motorized travel on a portion of the Rex Trail to vehicles 1,500 lbs or less is being amended to allow the following motorized vehicles during the fall hunt via an Over-The-Counter (OTC) Permit:

1. Rubber tracked vehicles up to 26,000 lbs curb weight
(e.g. Foremost Nodwell 110); and

2. Wheeled vehicles up to 10,000 lbs curb weight.

This amendment is intended to replace the 2009 Amended Administrative Decision, which authorized rubber tracked vehicles up to Nodwell 110 in size via an OTC Permit. This 2020 Amended Administrative Decision adds larger wheeled vehicles to those which may be authorized under an OTC permit, clarifies the nature of what constitutes a trailer, updates the OTC permit stipulations, and details conditions of trail damage that will trigger automatic termination of this amendment (and the OTC permit program). Permits for large wheeled vehicles will not be issued until it is verified that the trail monitoring program can be conducted.

Individuals who wish to obtain a permit must apply to the DMLW and pay a permit fee of $240. All fees for the DMLW were updated and increased on July 1, 2018 pursuant to updated state regulation 11 AAC 05 as modified by the current Director's Fee Order. All other conditions as noted in the original 2008 Administrative Decision remain in effect. Permits will be issued annually and be effective from August 28, 2020 through April 15, 2021. This amendment will be implemented on August 28, 2020 and will remain in effect until April 15, 2025, unless extended or superseded by another decision.

The 2020 Amended Decision, the 2008 Administrative Decision, and required permit application, are available on this website, as well as recent updates on Rex Trail management activities and the 2016 Monitoring Report. Inquiries about this decision may be directed to Jaclyn Cheek at (907) 451-2733 or Contact Jaclyn . You may also obtain a copy of the decision and permit application at the following locations:

DNR - Public Information Center
3700 Airport Way
Fairbanks, AK 99709

DNR - Public Information Center
550 W 7th Ave Ste 1360
Anchorage, AK 99501

DNR - Division of Mining, Land & Water Information Desk
400 Willoughby Ave, 4th Floor
Juneau, AK 99801

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