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A Guide to Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon

by Murray Lundberg


Campgrounds & Rest Areas in the Yukon Territory

    The Ethel Lake Campground, operated by Yukon Parks, is located 24 km (15 mi) east of the North Klondike Highway on Ethel Lake Road, which is gravel/dirt, can be rough, and may not be suitable for larger vehicles (depending largely on driver experience). Ethel Lake Campground has 10 campsites, none of them pull-throughs. It also has a boat launch and a kitchen shelter. The nightly fee at Ethel Lake Campground, as at all Yukon Parks campgrounds, is $12, and includes firewood.

    Ethel Lake Campground is open and fully serviced from May 18 until September 9 (in 2018). It is not gated in the off-season, though, and can be used. Snow is not plowed, and all campers must register (no fee), bring their own toilet paper and firewood, and pack out their garbage.


Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    An aerial view of the Ethel Lake Campground area. Click on it to open an interactive map in a new window.

Ethel Lake Road, Yukon
    At the junction of the North Klondike Highway and the Ethel Lake Road, there's a pullout with plenty of room to park a motorhome and unhook a toad for the drive in. Among the warning signs at the start of the road are: "Caution - narrow, winding road next 24 km", "This road not maintained beyond this point. Travel at own risk", and "Extreme Dusty Conditions."

Ethel Lake Road, Yukon
    Some of the hills are quite steep but can be managed by almost any vehicle.

Ethel Lake Road, Yukon
    Rain can cause issues that can take some time to repair because of limited maintenance on the Ethel Lake Road.

Ethel Lake Road, Yukon
    Keep right to get to Ethel Lake Campground.

Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    Ethel Lake Campground entrance.

Map of Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    Click on the map to open a pdf version (618 Kb).

Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    A rental pickup and camper in site #3.

Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    The fee station and site #7.

Fishing at Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    Ethel Lake is a Conservation Water - the daily catch and possession limits are both 2 Lake trout, 4 Arctic grayling, and 4 Northern Pike (2018).

Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    Looking back towards the entrance from the turn-around loop at the east end of the campground.

Ethel Lake Campground, Yukon
    The kitchen shelter.