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.
Visitors to Kluane National Park and Reserve must follow the applicable territorial travel requirements. For current Yukon travel requirements, please visit: Borders and travel: COVID-19.
Kathleen Lake facilities map
Kathleen Lake facilities map (PDF - 1 MB)
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.
Overnight use of the day use shelter is prohibited.
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.
Self-isolation is not possible at Parks Canada campgrounds and, if required by territorial authorities, must be completed prior to arrival at a Parks Canada campground.
"Bare" Campsite Program
All campers are required to adhere to the "Bare" Campsite Program
2021 Camping season
May 21 to September 18
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. Campfires are allowed in established rings at each campsite. Please bring all the water you will need. No water will be available at the campground.
Campground operates by self-registration on a first come-first serve basis. Payment can be made at the campground kiosk.
oTENTik, exclusive to Parks Canada, is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor. There are five oTENTik sites located in Kathleen Lake Campground.
Reservations are highly recommended.