Kusawa Lake is a northern sea kayaking gem located in the southern region of the Yukon, only a short distance from Whitehorse. It is a favorite destination for locals, but seldom visited by travelers. To the south the lake is flanked by glaciers and mountains line its scenic shores. On this 6-day kayaking adventure we will gain a real appreication of this 75 km long mountain-lined lake, both from within the cockpit of our kayaks, and from the deck of our custom 34-foot support vessel, "The Yukon Rose". Our support vessel allows us to bring a touch of extra comfort to our backcountry camps, while providing a great margin of safety, and the ability for people of different paddling abilities to travel together.
Day 1: Hopefully you enjoyed your travels and have arrived safely in Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital city, nestled among the wilderness. Please arrive in Whitehorse in time for an orientation meeting at 8:30 pm the night before our departure. Guests are responsible for accommodation and meals while in Whitehorse. Whitehorse is a splendid little city and we recommend booking some additional time at either the beginning or the end of your trip to see Whitehorse.
Day 2: Our staff will pick you up from your hotels starting at 7:00 am. Participants need to have finished their breakfast by this time. Any final details will be dealt with and we will depart Whitehorse by 8:00 am. Anyone who wishes to fish during the trip and has not purchased a Yukon fishing license will be given the opportunity to do so at this time. (There will be many opportunities to fish during this trip.) After taking care of any final details we will drive a short two-hour shuttle west of Whitehorse to Kusawa Lake, where our adventure unfolds.
Here we will launch our support vessel, "The Yukon Rose" after loading it with our sea kayaks and camping gear. Next we commence our adventure with a 3-hour sight-seeing boat cruise towards the southern end of Kusawa Lake, enjoying a floating picnic lunch along the way. Once we select our wideness campsite near the inflow of the Takhini River, we can set camp and then enjoy fishing and kayaking in the aqua-blue glacial waters. A campfire and delicious meal will round out our first wilderness day. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 3: Today we will awake to the mountain grandeur of Kusawa Lake. Typically the winds will be giving us a gentle push from the south, so our destination today is a beautiful peninsula to the north. Our captain will follow us with "The Yukon Rose" to ensure that we are doing well and then go ahead to start setting up our camp. Through VHF radios, we can request assistance of the support vessel if the lake gets too rough or if we are too tired to continue and wish a lif. Once at camp, we can enjoy our peninsula campsite, a fine meal, and tales of our our day on the majestic waters of Kusawa Lake. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Today after a delicious breakfast in camp, we once again point our kayaks north, our destination for the end of the day being a sandy campsite on the edge of the Primrose River, a glacially fed stream the flows down from the mountains to the east. Here we will set a comfortable camp which will be our home for not only this night, but the next. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Layover Day. Today we have many options of how to spend our day of rest. A beautiful ridge on the opposite shore tempts us to put on our hiking boots and set off on a 1000 ft (330 m) wilderness ridge hike to gain a 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. For those that are interested in staying closer to camp, there is opportunity to fish at the inflow of the Primrose River, read a book, or just sit in camp and enjoy a coffee. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Today is our last day to enjoy the stunning beauty of Kusawa Lake. After another delicious breakfast, we will point our kayaks north for the last time and begin our final paddle towards the Kusawa Lake Campground. Along the way, we will stop for one last lunch in the wilderness, a last cast of the fishing rod, before reaching our take-out by mid-afternoon. Once we have loaded "The Yukon Rose" upon its trailer we depart towards Whitehorse for an approximately 6:00 pm arrival. Includes: (B), (L). Your hotel room is not included tonight, but our would be happy to arrange accommodation for you.
- Dates: August 19-23 (custom dates available)
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Fishing Opportunities: Excellent (lake trout, arctic grayling, northern pike).
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