Two Yukon (Canada) campgrounds, Snafu Lake and Tatchun Lake, are planned for significant expansions, aiming to enhance outdoor recreational activities in the region, according to a news report from Yukon News.
The Department of Environment announced plans to add a total of 77 new campsites across both locations, addressing the increasing demand for outdoor experiences.
Snafu Lake Campground, located in the Southern Lakes region, will see an addition of 36 new campsites, including six walk-in and 30 drive-in options. This expansion will significantly increase its capacity from the current sites. The initiative also aims to formalize camping at popular but previously unsanctioned spots, enhancing safety and environmental protection.
“There’s been some concerns over wildfire risk and issues with garbage and human waste. So, we’re hoping to put some infrastructure up there to help with those issues,” Katie Moen, a project manager with the Department of Environment said.
Snafu Lake features canoe-friendly small bays, islands, and peninsulas, and is ideal for families and beginners. The campground’s peak season, spanning May through September, sees an influx of visitors drawn to its natural beauty and recreational opportunities.
Tatchun Lake Campground, in the Klondike region, is expected to gain 41 new sites, with 35 designed for vehicles and six for walk-in campers. This will more than double the campground’s current capacity of 20 sites, making it more accessible to visitors seeking the tranquility of Yukon’s natural landscapes.
Tatchun Lake Campground offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural importance. The lake is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, showcasing numerous small bays, islands, and lush shoreline vegetation ripe for exploration by boat.
“We’ll do our best to make sure as the work is happening, and if any work is happening, that there’s a notice posted on our website as well as on social media. And then we also always have signage posted in the campgrounds to let people know what’s going on,” Moen added.
Both campgrounds will benefit from additional amenities, including new infrastructure such as roads, garbage bins, information kiosks, and playgrounds. These improvements are designed to enrich the camping experience while preserving the environment.
The projects are currently in the evaluation stage, with public comments invited to ensure community input is considered. By increasing capacity and improving facilities, the territory aims to accommodate the growing interest in camping and outdoor activities.