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Paddling in Yukon

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The Yukon River: Canoe in the long-gone wake of the Klondike gold rushers and marvel at the ghosts they’ve left behind.

The Rivers of the Peel Watershed: This group of four rivers is only reachable by floatplane, and offer a spectacular experience like no other. Get your bragging rights! Learn More.

Lake Labarge: Made famous in the “Cremation of Sam McGee,” the lake is an ideal seakayaking spot.

Alsek and Tatshenshini Rivers: Raft past some of the world’s most active glaciers!

Big Salmon River: Lives up to its name with clean, clear water and gravel shoals that attract Chinook salmon.

Canoeing the Wind River Canoeists paddle through a choppy stretch on the Wind River in the Yukon's Peel Watershed. The Wind River is rated as Class II, with many wave trains, sharp corners, and converging currents - but no demanding technical rapids.© Jill Pangman

Everyone from the most timid beginner to the whitewater junkie can find a river or lake to paddle in Yukon.

Reptile Creek on the Snake River Canoeing, Kluane Lake. Photo by Travel Yukon.

Good paddling weather starts around May and carries on well into September. Our summer days are longer than average, giving you lots of time to explore. And, of course, if you come at the height of the season, you can enjoy the magical thrill of crossing a golden lake or following a gentle river under the midnight sun.

How much fun are you after? Just want to dip your paddle in for a bit? A Yukon Wild guide can lead you on a half-day or single-day trip. Want a little more adventure? Choose a multi-day trip that includes gravel bar camping, or returns you to a comfy lodge each night.

Raring to go wet and wild? Weeklong (or longer!) adventures that include Class IV rapids are no problem. We can even take you in by floatplane to the most remote rivers to show you a side of this vast frontier that almost no one ever sees. And with our minimum impact style of guiding, you can rest assured you’re leaving the land the way you found it.

Really just want to go it alone? Look to a Yukon Wild expert for all the right equipment and route advice. We’re on these rivers all the time and know exactly what you need.

Canoe, Kayak, or Raft

What’s your paddling style? Whether you just want to push off your canoe and do a little fishing, pull on your sprayskirt for a little more action, or join a rafting expedition through mind-blowing whitewater or on a less turbulent waterway to give you time to take pictures, Yukon Wild has your fix.