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Paxson is located on the shores of Paxson Lake within Interior Alaska and among the year-round residents there are plenty of dog mushers, so you are likely to see and hear kennels full of sled dogs when you stop here.

Not far from Paxson is Tangle Lakes, a series of twisty, interconnected lakes that form the headwaters of the Delta River. Here you can take a scenic Delta National Wild and Scenic River float trip. The Tangle Lakes area also has several privately owned lodges offering fishing, bird viewing, kayaking, and hiking.