The beautiful campground of Kathleen Lake in Kluane National Park just outside of Haines Junction is one of those bucket list places you will never forget. The only place to camp inside Kluane National Park it is a highly sought out place for campers to spend a night or a week. Situated amongst the thick aspen and spruce forest and steps away from the crystal clear Kathleen Lake the each of the 39 sites are large and all unique. We had the opportunity to spend a night in Kathleen Lake and would go back in a heartbeat!
Here is our experience camping in Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park & Reserve, Yukon!
What is the best campsite in Kathleen Lake?
We always like to do a lot of research on the campgrounds before we head out on a road trip to know which are the best spots in the campground with great views! In Kathleen Lake there are three highly coveted sites that give you an incredible view of Kathleen Lake. Additional to the view the fire pits are located away from the parking spot and there is lots of room for your tent or RV. Which sites are these? They are sites 25, 26 and 27. Site 27 is considered the most beautiful campsite in the world but don’t be discouraged if its full as the ones around it also have the same unparalleled view! We had the opportunity to stay in site 26 and could not believe our luck or the views we had all throughout the day.
Fees & Amenities at Kathleen Lake
With the 39 site campground make sure to arrive early to get a good spot or a spot at all during the summer seasons. With not being able to make a reservation Kathleen Lake runs on a first come first serve basis. When you arrive make sure to grab one of the envelopes at the self-registration stand which you can either put cash into or put your credit card number down. Campsites, per night, per site costs $15.70 CAD and firewood is $8.80 per day. If you are interested in back country camping the overnight per person fee is $9.80.
Each of the campsites have large new wooden picnic tables, bear-proof garbage bins and bear-proof food lockers and firepits. All sites are well spaced out, on gravel and there is lots of trees and undergrowth around each site to provide lots of privacy.
This is an unserviced campground with no electric or water hook ups and there is very little to no cell reception. Water is available at taps but they do not recommend you drink it unless boiled first. There is also no laundry, dump station.
What to do in Kathleen Lake
Kathleen Lake Campground is situated right on the edge of the lake that shares the name with the campground. You do not have to venue very far into the park for some breathtaking mountain scenery in Kluane National Park. The day use area has a beach where you can swim in the lake as well as there is plenty of hiking from 0.5 km to 96km long! If you are looking to experience the interior of Kluane National Park the only way to do so is either an overnight multi-day hike or by taking a flightseeing tour like we did!