Yukon Territory

South Canol Road - Quiet Lake to Lapie Lake
Yukon

See my page for the South Canol - Alaska Highway to Quiet Lake

Quiet Lake is 28-km long and the largest of three lakes that form the headwaters of the Big Salmon River system.  At the Quiet Lake campground there is a boat launch.

Quiet Lake boat launch on the South Canol Road, Yukon
Boat launch at Quiet Lake campground - September 2007

Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Looking southward from the Quiet Lake campground boat launch - August 2010

Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Northward view of Quiet Lake with the concrete boat launch on the right - August 2010

The Canol Road follows the east shore of Quiet Lake for numerous miles northbound.

There is a lovely viewpoint of the lake at about km 90, with this info sign.

South Canol Road & Quiet Lake sign
Info sign about Quiet Lake on the South Canol Road - August 2010

The campground/recreation site near km 98 at the north end of Quiet Lake has lakeside camping for smaller RVs.  Our 43' long RV (truck and fifth wheel) would have fit into a couple of the spots but not many.  The site is also exposed to the wind so would be chilly on windy, overcast days.

The Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp is literally just around the corner from the recreation site.  There are some historical vehicles here too.

Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp on South Canol
Will it tow a fifth wheel? - August 2010

Steve was determined to see if he could get the truck going ...

Quiet Lake Maintenance Camp on South Canol in Yukon
Old highway maintenance equipment at the Quiet Lake maintenance yard - August 2010

In 2008 the bridge pictured below was washed out.  That year we drove from Ross River to the bridge, just for something to do, and then drove out again towards Ross River. 

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Rose River bridge on the South Canol - August 2010

It would be possible to camp overnight at this river crossing.

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Northbound on the South Canol Road north of Quiet Lake - August 2010

The Rose River meanders back and forth.  Find a good spot for grayling fishing!

Rose River on South Canol in Yukon
Rose River meandering beside our campsite on the South Canol Road

The north half of the South Canol is a favorite drive of mine.

km 139 South Canol Road in Yukon
km 139 on the South Canol Road in Yukon - August 2010

We stopped at Rose River #5 to take a look at the side roads.

km 150 South Canol Road in Yukon
The Rose River crosses the South Canol in many places.  This is crossing #5 - August 2010

It would have been possible to camp at Rose River #5 crossing.  It is now waypointed in the GPS as a good spot to camp if Lapie Lake is occupied.

Upper Sheep Creek at km 152 on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Upper Sheep Creek at km 152 looking to the east - August 2010

The valley with the Lapie Lakes and Rose Lake is lovely on a clear day!

km 153 South Canol Road in Yukon
km 153 northbound on the South Canol - August 2010

At km 156 there is a side road leading eastward to Rose Lake.   A few hundred metres in there was a large open area with camp spots and some picnic tables.  The truck and fifth wheel could get to this spot but it wasn't lakeside and didn't have lake views.

Rather than drive, we decided to continue down the road on foot. Good thing! It was very rough, narrow and steep.  The rough road leads to the lakeshore and a couple of open campsites with lake access. There was a truck & camper there but I wouldn't recommend trying it unless you're in a 4x4.

Rose Lake on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Rose Lake - look closely to see the kayakers on the left side of the image - August 2010

Back on the South Canol Road, the view south from the Rose Lake turnoff is lovely.

km 156 on the South Canol Road in Yukon
Looking towards the south from our stop at Rose Lake - km 156 on the South Canol - August 2010

Continuing northbound, the Lapie Lake recreation site is just a few miles north.

Lapie Lake on the South Cano Roadl in Yukon
Looking southward at the Lapie Lakes on the South Canol - August 2010

On to the next page for pictures of the Lapie Lake area ...

Also check out this page for a side-trip up Groundhog Creek road to Seagull Lakes.

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