The Delta River watershed is in the Alaska Range in Southcentral Alaska. River access is along the Denali Highway, about 22 miles west of Paxson. Year-round recreational opportunities abound throughout the river’s watershed, which includes 150,000 acres of land, 160 miles of streams, and 21 lakes. The Tangle River connects several of the Tangle Lakes and then drains into the Delta River, which joins the Tanana River, before flowing into the mighty Yukon River.
Portions of the Delta River were designated for its wild, scenic, and recreational characteristics as part of the National Wild and Scenic River systems by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1990. The upper stretch of the Delta River, all of the Tangle Lakes, and the Tangle River were recognized for their outstanding scenery and natural and cultural values. These Bureau of Land Management National Conservation Lands embody our vision for conserving out public lands. Open to everyone, they offer Americans the unique opportunity to explore and experience the landscapes that shaped our nation. Whether you fish, hike, hunt, or boat these lands represent our way of life, a living link to the past and our pledge to tomorrow. For information on recreational opportunities, visit the Delta Wild and Scenic River Recreation web page.