You don’t have to venture into the backcountry for awe-inspiring mountain scenery at Kluane. Just a short drive from town is sparkling 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.
Please note: From July 19 to 21, 2019 the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations will be hosting their Nłäshējel (General Assembly) at the Kathleen Lake Campground.
The campground, oTENTik, boat launch and day use area will be closed to the public.
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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. Nearby, the challenging 5-kilometre King’s Throne Trail ascends to an alpine cirque, a kind of natural amphitheatre formed by glacial erosion. 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.
Pitch your tent and bask in the legendary midnight sun! Kathleen Lake has a 39-site campground with firewood, bear-proof storage lockers and outhouses. It operates by self-registration on a first come-first serve basis.
2019 camping season: May 17 to September 22
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.
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.
Kathleen Lake facilities map
Kathleen Lake facilities map (PDF - 1 MB)