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A Guide to the Yukon River Campground, Yukon

by Murray Lundberg


Campgrounds in the Yukon Territory

    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 $12, 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 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.

Also see:


Yukon River Campground, Yukon
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.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
The campground entrance, just a couple of hundred meters from the ferry landing.

Map of Big Creek Campground, Yukon
Click on the map to open a pdf version (979 Kb).

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Walk-in tenting sites #1, 2, and 3.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Campsite #19, a large pull-through right on the river.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Campsite #21.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
The tent camping areas all have lockers and a food cache for bear safety.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
This viewing platform on the river bank has interpretive panels about the peregrine falcon nesting sites
on the opposite cliffs.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Looking back at the kitchen shelter beside campsite #42.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
The water pump, garbage bins, and fee station between campsites #49 and #50.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Campsites #50 on the right, and #51 hidden behind the trees to the left.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Some of the campsites on the upper levels, like #82, have quite extreme slopes and get little use.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Campsite #83.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon
Walk-in tenting sites #95-102 below the upper road.

Yukon River Campground, Yukon, in the winter
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.