Tangle Lakes Campground and
Delta Wild and Scenic River Wayside
Volunteer Campground Host Position Description
The Tangle Lakes country is very scenic with the Alaska Range located just north of the campground. Wildlife such as moose, caribou, river otter, beaver, eagles, loons and swans are often seen. Fishing - especially grayling - is excellent in the Tangle River and Lakes. Vegetation is tundra.
Tangle Lakes Campground and the Delta Wild and Scenic River Wayside are located at Milepost 21 on the Denali Highway. Tangle Lakes Campground is located north of the road and has 45 campsites. The Delta River Wayside is south of the road with picnic area and boat launch; a day use only area. Wells with hand pumps are located in the Tangle Lakes Campground and the Delta River Wayside. Both the campground and the wayside have boat launches - Tangle Lakes boat launch is the put-in for floating the Delta Wild and Scenic River and the lower Tangle lakes. The wayside boat launch is the put-in for the Upper Tangle Lakes.
Snow opens and closes these facilities. Visitors begin using the facilities in late May. The campground and wayside are very popular and are busy throughout the summer. Heaviest use occurs over the July 4th holiday and during August/September hunting season.
Duties of the campground host may include checking campers for fee payment, helping visitors and providing them with area information; light maintenance duties such as staining picnic tables and picking up litter; explaining campground and Delta Wild and Scenic River use policies; daily reading traffic counters and maintaining records of campground and wayside use; checking register stands and collecting register sheet data; contacting boaters at boat launches to gather boater information; and, reporting any problems or incidents to the Outdoor Recreation Planner.
Garbage collection and outhouse maintenance are performed two or three times per week by maintenance staff. Repairs are done by the BLM recreation maintenance worker.
The duty dates are approximately Memorial Day through Labor Day. The work rotation is generally 10 workdays on and 4 days off (every other Monday-Thursday).
Campground host amenities include a $42/day meal cost reimbursement and mileage payment for use of personal vehicle (generally one trip to the Field Office each work rotation). It also includes some reimbursement for generator fuel and propane.
The position requires that the host provide their own housing in the form of a recreational vehicle. Hookups for power and water are not available. Potable water from hand pumps is available in the campground. The host site provides a 1000 gallon waste holding tank pumped once at the end of the season. Communication with the Field Office and other BLM campgrounds will be by two way radio and satellite phone supplied by BLM. Generally, cell phone coverage is available one mile down the highway or at the host site with certain providers.
Tangle River Inn (with restaurant, lodging, and fuel) is located within a mile of the campground. The BLM Glennallen Field Office is located in Glennallen at Milepost 186.5 on the Glenn Highway (95 miles south of the campground). In Glennallen, facilities include Cross Roads Medical Center (with clinic, pharmacy and emergency facility), banks, gas stations, grocery stores, dump station, restaurants, post office, visitor center, chamber of commerce, State Troopers, library and more. Prices are fairly high.
June is generally somewhat dry and sunny. July is often rainy and August varies, with autumn arriving about mid-month. It can snow during any month, but also can get over 80 degrees in the summer. Be prepared for any kind of weather.