Tangle Lakes Campground, located at MP 21.5 of the north side of the Denali Highway, is situated within the Delta Wild and Scenic River corridor and the Tangle Lakes Archaeological District boundary where over 10,000 years of human use have been documented.
The campground provides 45 accessible campsites and 4 walk-in sites and is equipped with water pumps, toilets and a boat launch.
Fees: $12/night for regular, $6/night for walk-in site.
The campground rests amid a series of long, narrow lakes known as the Tangle Lakes that are connected by the Tangle River and form the headwaters of the Delta River. The boat launch provides access to the lakes and is also the designated put-in for the popular 30-mile Delta Wild & Scenic River float trip.
The Tangle Ridge Hiking Trail (for non-motorized use only) extends out of the campground and provides a 360 degree view of the stunning landscape.
Tangle lakes campground has nice clean sites, lots of hiking (some a small drive) boat launch, bathrooms can be a bit of a walk from some sites. In mid August the little nats were horrible but that’s camping in Alaska!
This campground may not have the tall trees due to is tundra location, but the views are worth it. Close to fishing, a gorgeous lake to kayak and canoe, tons of wildlife, hiking and panoramic views mean this campground has it all. Yes no hookups but they do recycle and the Tangle River Lodge is a hop skip and a jump for a hot meal and some friendly conversation.
We visited Tangle Lakes in Mid-September. There were only two other vehicles camping there. There are lots of campsites and everything is wide open. There are a few trees next to the river if you want to collect firewood but it was all wet. There are pit toilets here and a few spots had some running water. This campground was in a very remote location. Be sure you bring everything you need because you won't be able to access civilization easily. Our phones said they had service, but they did not work right. The actual campsites have pull-ins for campers or spots for tents, picnic table, and fire ring.
Camped here plenty of times, mile 21 along Denali hwy. Beautiful area and views, always clean. Picnic tables and fire rings. Most sites have raised grassy areas for tent camping. Group camping sites available. Attentive host. Canoe, kayak, hike, fish, etc. 21 miles from Maclaren lodge (river and glacier)
Sometimes gets busy around bigger holidays like 4th of July.
Filled with great fishing and great views. Great for a 3-day road trip from Anchorage or a week away.
Three of us used the group camp spot near the lake, as our friends dodged the rain and stayed in a nearby bunkhouse. The campground sits directly on the tundra, so care is required to stay on the paths to not cause permanent damage to the biome. The downside of camping on the tundra was no trees to hang from, and nowhere to hang our rain tarp to create a dry zone for cooking and eating, but with the heavy tables and some tent poles, we managed to create a great space for hanging out for two days. The campground has a 1 mile hiking trail that goes along the ridge above the western edge, and at the time of our stay, the blueberries were perfectly ripe along the entire trail. Also cool was that a bald eagle was using one of the trees in the finger of land going into the lake as a hunting launchpad, allowing us many great photos of it sitting and flying throughout our stay.
The campground is primitive, no showers, but has several hand pumps for getting fresh water throughout the campsite and boat launches to get out onto the lake.