Yukon River Whitehorse to Carmacks

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280 km
5 days
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Access at Outfitter in Whitehorse paddler north with current

Approx 40 KM to Lake Labarge. North through Labarge to 30 Mile section of river.

North on River to Carmacks

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With the exception of crossing Lake Labarge this is a very easy route. The river is fast but there are few obstructions and no rapids.

Lake Labrage is 50 KM long and 6-8 KM wide. The wind can come up quickly and unexpectedly and leave you windbound. Stay close to shore and do not ever try to cross the lake. The trip can be done in 5 days but best build extra days for the possibility of being windbound.

The 30 Mile section is historic and scenic. Lots of old villages and woodcamps to explore. To minimize the impact on the environment many of the abandoned villages have been converted to campgrounds with covered picnic tables, firepits and chemical toilets.

The Trip was not as remote as I would have expected as the Territory of Yukon is well marketed in Europe but this the history makes this route worth doing.


Post date: Thu, 11/11/2010 - 18:24


Hey, I was wondering if you could suggests any rivers to follow after dawson and potentially after the yukon river. Im looking for about 4-6weeks of a trip and am just trying to get some ideas....

Post date: Sat, 01/01/2000 - 07:00


I am an outfitter in Whitehorse, have lived here for over 40 years. Your general info is a little misleading, as the Whitehorse to Carmacks trip is 8 days in length rather than 5. 8 days is a leisurely pace, I think that you have the 5 days from Deep Creek on Lake Laberge to Carmacks rather than Whse departure. The trip length from Whse is 320 km. Just thought I would let you know for accuracy. thanks