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.