BLM to Develop Primitive Alaskan Camping Area
The Tangle Lakes Campground on the Denali Highway near Fairbanks, Alaska, will become a real campground this summer, which means campers will have to start paying to stay there starting next summer, the Fairbanks News Miner reported.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is overseeing a makeover of the popular but primitive campground at 21.5 Mile on the Denali Highway that will improve roads, designate official campsites, provide defined foot trails and create a day-use area within the campground..
Renovations at the campground have been needed for many years, Marcia Butorac, recreation planner and facilities coordinator for BLM in Glennallen, said in a press release.
“Right now campers can park anywhere, because campsites are not designated,” she said. “Vegetation resources within the campground are being negatively (affected).”
The campground lies within the nationally designated Delta Wild and Scenic River corridor and within the nationally registered Tangle Lakes Archaeological District.
The improvements will provide designated campsites with tables, tent or trailer space and fire rings, as well as a picnic area, parking, roadways, trails and improved outhouses.
Currently there are no designated camping sites at Tangle Lakes, but there are approximately 25 tables and fire rings. Once the renovation is complete, there will be 45 designated campsites.
The campground currently maintains accessible toilet facilities, bear-proof refuse containers and drinking water.
The campground will remain open throughout construction this summer, but sections of the campground may be closed for at times. Campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The fee charged beginning next summer will be the same as other BLM campgrounds in the area, which this year is $12 per night.
Money collected from fees will be used at the Tangle Lakes Campground for visitor services as well as repair, maintenance, and facility enhancement that affects visitor enjoyment, access, health and safety, according to BLM