We ended up really enjoying our stay in the Yukon. We stayed at several campgrounds run by the Yukon government. All of which were immaculately tended to. Most of them were located next to a sizable lake, creek, or raging river with nearby mountains.
We originally thought to hop off the Alaska Highway, and head 16 miles down the Haines Highway to stay at the Yukon’s only national park, located by Kathleen Lake.
We drove through and found it very nice, but decided we were more interested in the waterfalls we discovered were a bit farther down the road.
It turned out to be a gorgeous detour.
All of the government run campgrounds cost $12 per night (with the current exchange rate it was close to $10 US) and included fire pits, picnic tables, picnic shelter (with a woodstove), clean outhouses, bear proof trash bins, and free firewood.
Some included a small playground area. And only a few provided a hand pump for water.
We enjoyed our stay at all of them, and if it wasn’t for the dropping temps and the need to hit Whitehorse for more provisions, we may have stayed longer. But I just couldn’t take living off canned soup another day!
Border crossing is very particular about what you can bring. There are a lot of restrictions on food. So we couldn’t really “stock up” before we left. No fresh foods or produce allowed. It had been a week since we crossed the border, and in the Yukon there is not much for groceries until Whitehorse, unless of course you want to pay big bucks at a tiny store in Haines Junction!
Congdon Campground – 2 nights
Historical Mile 1072 (or kilometer marker 1666) on the Alaska Highway, on Kluane Lake. A gorgeous spot, we stayed along the coast line, despite the wind. There was a short trail along the shoreline and a very large open common area in the center with playground and shelter area. We stayed at site #3
Million Dollar Falls Campground – 2 nights
52.7 miles from Haines Junction, along the Haines Highway. Included a boardwalk trail with several stretches of stairs – all very high quality. Viewing platform to see the falls and rapids. We stayed at site #5
Dezadeash Campground – 3 nights
30.6 miles from Haines Junction, along the Haines Highway. Smaller campground, and a very scenic spot along the lake below the highway to the east, with a great view of the monster mountain on the west. We stayed at site #12 – highly recommended for enjoying a bit of the peninsula into the lake. Our last morning, we woke to find the swans and ducks on our part of the lake.
Marsh Lake Campground – 2 nights
28 miles out of Whitehorse, along the Alaska Highway. Much larger campground, and a busy one for the Labour Day Holiday in Canada. We stayed at site #59
Big Creek Campground – 2 nights
30 miles west of the Cassiar Highway turnoff. This campground had 15 sites. It was definitely in the sticks, and it was obvious that most of the people who were staying there were traveling. Meaning they pulled in around 6:00pm and were headed back out early in the am. We stayed at site #10 for 2 nights, and had the place to ourselves during the day. We walked the creek and checked out their fish counting station which was pretty fancy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hi, I’m Hillary! Wife and dog mama of two goofy pups. I am a retired 6th grade teacher, but still seek to share and help others at www.teachlikemidgley.com
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