Yukon Territory

Dezadeash Lake to Kusawa Lake, Yukon

25 June 2008

With good fortune, we woke to sunny blue skies once again!  The wind continued; however that is normal for Dezadeash Lake.

Leaving the campground we turned north towards Kathleen Lake and Haines Junction with the intention of overnighting in Whitehorse. We stopped at the viewpoint on the Haines Hwy, overlooking Kathleen Lake and marking Kluane National Park, to take some pictures.

Kluane National Park, Yukon
Viewpoint overlooking Kathleen Lake, looking north

Kathleen Lake, Yukon
Kathleen Lake, looking west from the viewpoint on the Haines Hwy.

Next stop was Haines Junction. From Haines Junction, we continued south towards Whitehorse.  The highway is easy driving with some nice scenery along the way.

View on Alaska Highway, Yukon
South of Haines Junction, looking west from the Alaska Highway

Nearing Whitehorse, I reviewed our overnight options.  Neither of us were looking forward to a commercial campground in a city.  Wolf Creek Yukon Government campground is just a bit south of Whitehorse, and we have enjoyed staying there before.  It appeared to be our destination. 

Then I noticed in the Milepost two other Yukon gov't campgrounds, just a bit north of Whitehorse and down a gravel side road.  Gravel!  Yes ... must be for us!

Kusawa Lake Yukon Government Campground - turn off Alaska Hwy at km 1489

The Milepost indicates the 24 km (15 mile) access road to Kusawa Lake is narrow & winding and "not recommended for large RVs or trailers".  However, the road was in good condition and we had no problems towing our 25' fifth wheel to Kusawa Lake.

Again, lakeside camping along a scenic lake!  The sites were roomy and there were numerous other units our size there too.

Campsite at Kusawa Lake, Yukon
Lakeside at Kusawa Lake

Camping near Kusawa Lake in Yukon
From the shore near our campsite, looking east

Kusawa Lake, Yukon Territory
Looking west on Kusawa Lake -- does it get any more blue than this?

Squirrel at Kusawa Lake, Yukon Territory
Local resident at Kusawa Lake

Even though a long weekend was near, the campground was very quiet.  Again, no bugs, which was nice! The wind blew too much for canoeing, but the hiking was fine.  We had a nice campfire for the evening, and went to bed very happy campers.

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