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Kluane National Park and Reserve of Canada

Boating and Canoeing

© Parks Canada / F. Mueller


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 Mush and Bates Lakes, Kathleen and Louise Lake.

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.


April 1 to November 15 any overnight trips into Kluane National Park and Reserve require registration and the purchase of a Backcountry Permit. Bear resistant food canisters are mandatory in most areas.

From September 8 to September 20 visitors must purchase permits, register and can obtain food canisters at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Daku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. The centre is open 9am to 5 pm daily. To register be at the visitor centre one hour prior to closing.

From September 21 to November 15 visitors must self-register at the Kluane National Park Visitor Centre located in the Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction. Call 867-634-7207 in advance to arrange a time with Parks Canada staff to pick up the mandatory bear resistant food canisters. A self registration kiosk is located at the front door of the Visitor Centre. Backcountry permit fees apply. De-registration (either by phone or at the self-registration box) is also required upon completion of the trip.