You don’t have to venture into the backcountry for awe-inspiring mountain scenery at Kluane. Just a short drive from town is sparkling Mät’àtäna Män (Kathleen Lake), where crystal waters are backed by the mountains of the Kluane Range. Exceptional hiking, boating and camping await visitors the moment they step from their car.
Day use area
Stroll along the Kokanee Trail, a 0.5 kilometre wheel chair accessible boardwalk that skirts the shores of Kathleen Lake starting from the day-use area. Boaters can take advantage of the lake’s boat launch or strike out in a canoe from the pebble beach.
Rather just soak up the scenery? A spacious day-use shelter and a picnic area afford incredible views of the lake and dramatic mountain peaks. Note: Overnight use of the day use shelter is prohibited.
Kings Throne trail
Nearby, the challenging 5-kilometre King’s Throne Trail ascends to an alpine cirque, a kind of natural amphitheatre formed by glacial erosion. From the cirque it is possible to follow an unmarked, unmaintained route to the peak of the mountain.
Alpine flowers and great views are the highlights of this hike. Sturdy footwear is recommended for the trail and route.
Pitch your tent and bask in the legendary midnight sun! Kathleen Lake has a 38-site campground with firewood, bear-proof storage lockers and outhouses.
Campground operates by self-registration on a first come-first serve basis.
2020 camping season: May 15 to mid-September
oTENTik, exclusive to Parks Canada, is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor. Five oTENTik sites are located in Kathleen Lake Campground.
Reservations are available and highly recommended.
"Bare" Campsite Program
All campers are required to adhere to the "Bare" Campsite Program
Campground Host Program
If you are an experienced camper interested in sharing your love of the outdoors and Kluane National Park and Reserve, consider joining the Campground Host Volunteer Program.
Kathleen Lake facilities map
Kathleen Lake facilities map (PDF - 1 MB)