Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Snag Lake to Kluane Lake area, Yukon

We left Beaver Creek late in the afternoon on June 22 planning to stay the night at the Snag Junction campground about a half hour south of Beaver Creek. The campground was busy so we headed down a nearby side road that we had explored a couple of days before.

23 June 2008

Woke to a rainy, overcast day. The wind had settled though.

Snag Lake, Yukon (YT)
Waking up alongside a lake near the Alaska Highway and Snag

This area is a good area to possibly see moose. Within a few minutes of driving there was a cow moose and calf seen beside a lake. These days not many moose are seen though.

Moose between Snag and White River, Yukon
Cow moose and calf alongside a lake between Snag and White River

As we crossed the White River bridge I looked westward up the river. There was another cow with calf! Steve could not stop in time for me to get a decent picture, so I pressed the shutter as the truck moved along. The cow and her calf are visible in the picture below, but barely.

Moose at White River, Yukon (YT)
Looking west up the White River, from the bridge, with a cow moose and calf barely visible

Below are those two again in an enlarged portion of the picture.

Moose and calf at White River, Yukon
Cow moose and calf on the White River

I decided to keep the camera ready for the possibility there would be more moose along the road. Sure enough, a little later I got a good shot through the windshield!

Moose between Donjek & White River, Yukon

Then very soon another one, a bull this time and another shot through the window.

Moose near the Donjek River, Yukon

Then there were a couple of bulls making a quick exit!

Two young bull moose, Yukon

The rainy cool day may have been the reason for the many moose-sightings, with a total of 8 moose between Snag and Donjek River! Our dog, Jake, was especially frantic about all the activity!

As we approached the Donjek River, I had mixed feelings about the new river crossing. Yes, it looks good, but I will miss the old bridge which has been there since I can remember in the 1960s!

Donjek River bridge, Yukon
New Donjek bridge on the left and old out-of-service bridge on the right

We arrived at our favourite campground alongside Kluane Lake, Congdon Creek campground, in the early afternoon. After unhooking the trailer, we headed out for some exploring.

First, we headed south through the construction area north of the Slim's River bridge.

Construction along Kluane Lake, Yukon

And ventured to another of our favourite spots, Silver City...

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