A Guide to the Yukon River Campground, Yukon
by Murray Lundberg
Campgrounds in the Yukon
The Yukon River Campground, operated by Yukon Parks, is located across the river from Dawson City, at the start of the Top of the World Highway. The largest campground in the Yukon, it has 102 campsites, 20 of them pull-throughs. It also has tent-camping and group camping areas, and several kitchen shelters. The nightly fee at the Yukon River Campground, as at all Yukon Parks campgrounds, is $20, and includes firewood. It is a short ferry ride into Dawson (the ferry is free), and a short walk down the river bank takes you to the Sternwheeler Graveyard.
The Yukon River Campground is open and fully serviced from May 12 until October 2 (in 2023). 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.
The view across the Yukon River from Dawson, showing the ferry and the Top of the World Highway.
The campground entrance can be seen directly above the ferry.
The campground entrance, just a couple of hundred meters from the ferry landing.
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Walk-in tenting sites #1, 2, and 3.
Campsite #19, a large pull-through right on the river.
The tent camping areas all have lockers and a food cache for bear safety.
This viewing platform on the river bank has interpretive panels about the peregrine falcon nesting sites
on the opposite cliffs.
Looking back at the kitchen shelter beside campsite #42.
The water pump, garbage bins, and fee station between campsites #49 and #50.
Campsites #50 on the right, and #51 hidden behind the trees to the left.
Some of the campsites on the upper levels, like #82, have quite extreme slopes and get little use.
Walk-in tenting sites #95-102 below the upper road.
The Yukon River Campground gets some heavy use mid-winter, when it becomes the site of the dog yard
for the Yukon Quest sled dog race. See what that looks like on the ExploreNorth Blog.