We've been on the Campbell Hwy numerous times.
There are limited services. Be prepared to take care of yourself along this route.
Faro and Ross River usually have fuel BUT don't rely on it. Ross River has been out twice when we've been there. Faro has a credit card self-serve fuel facility that can be temperamental and not work some days.
At Watson Lake, near the sign forest, the Campbell Highway heads north.
At km 81 (mile 50), the Simpson Lake Yukon Gov't campground is a pleasant stop.
The Nahanni Range Road heads east from the Campbell Highway at km 108
(mile 67). Conditions on the Nahanni Range Road vary year-to-year and if you plan
driving this route, check at the Watson Lake visitors centre for up-to-date info.
In July 2008, the rest area above and the junction with the Nahanni Range Road
were unrecognizable due to the major re-construction of the Campbell Highway.
Frances Lake Yukon Gov't campground, 171 km (107 miles) north of Watson Lake is a popular spot with fisherman and hunters. It is also very popular with mosquitoes and flies in the spring!
The South Canol Road intersects with the Campbell Highway a few miles south of
Turn off the Campbell Highway to go into Ross River for fuel. The fuel pumps are by the store/bank/post office building which is on your right entering town.
There are no commercial campgrounds in Ross River. The Lapie Canyon Yukon government campground is a few miles north of Ross River on the Campbell Highway. We have enjoyed stays there several times.
Continuing northwest, the turn-off to the town of Faro is at km 414.
About 400 people continue to reside in Faro. The town is well-maintained and provides some services to travelers.
Faro operates a pleasant municipal campground, the only "commercial" facility along the highway. In 2011 a credit-card-only gas pump opened in Faro to replace the gas station that burned to the ground years before.
In May 2013 we visited Faro and tried to use this pump. The "system" was down but began working before we left. If you must fuel up here, keep in mind that the technology may go "down" and you'll not get anything until it is working again.
The Faro mine began production in 1969 and was Canada's largest lead-zinc mine. After several openings and closings, the mine closed a final time in 1997. The site is now undergoing reclamation, with a total estimated cost of between $500 million and $1 billion during the next few decades.
The abandoned mine includes three large open pits, a massive tailings area, and several waste rock dump sites. Experts say that water treatment will be required for at least 500 years.
Back on the Campbell Highway heading towards Carmacks the highway is paved, but rough in places. In 2014 there were plans to repair the rough sections.
There is a turn-off to Frenchman Lake at about km 543. Along the Frenchman-Tatchun Lake Road there are three Yukon gov't campgrounds, two are beside lakes. The gravel road is 46 km long and exits on the Klondike Highway.
At km 555 there used to be a sign marking the location of the "Columbian
Disaster". According to the September 26, 1906 edition of the
Dawson Daily News, "The explosion blew out the
sides of the vessel, scattered men and cargo in the water, and in
less than five minutes had involved the whole inside of the ship in
a mass of seething flame."
The Campbell Highway ends at km 582 (362 miles), north of the village of Carmacks, on the Klondike Highway.