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Kluane National Park and Reserve

Boating and Canoeing


© Parks Canada / F. Mueller

Motorboating

Motor boats are only permitted on Kathleen Lake and Mush Lake.

Motorboats are considered a motorized vehicle. The only areas where visitors are permitted to camp within two kilometers of their motorboat is at Kathleen Lake Campground and on the shores of Mush Lake.

Canoeing, Kayaking, and Packrafting

There are several non-motorized boating possibilities in the park on the major lakes and rivers. Possible lake trips include:

An exciting and remote river trip is the Jarvis-Kaskawulsh-Dezadeash River loop. Accessible from the Alaska Highway, the Jarvis-Kaskawulsh-Dezadeash River loop offers experienced whitewater paddlers an exhilarating 60 km trip of Class II+ rapids.

Boating safety

Rapidly changing weather, high winds and cold water can make boating conditions dangerous on Kluane's lakes.

Be prepared!

  • Check the forecast for weather and water conditions before heading out.  Keep a watchful eye out for changing conditions.
  • Leave a trip plan with a responsible person.
  • Inspect all of your equipment before departure.
  • Buckle up your life jacket or personal flotation device before getting on board.  Cold water immersion suits are recommended.
  • Never drink alcohol and drive your boat.

Overnight Registration

All backcountry overnight trips into the park between April 1 and November 15 require you to register and purchase a backcountry permit.  Bear resistant food canisters are mandatory in most areas.