Kluane National Park: Jarvis River to Alsek River via Kaskawulsh River (3 days / 70 km)

Trip Report - Jarvis Kaskawulsh Alsek

This trip takes you into the beautiful mountains of Kluane National Park, travelling on three different rivers. This 70 km journey varies widely along the way, going from the small narrow and windy Jarvis River to a large, fast-flowing Kaskawulsh River, before going back up the Alsek to the takeout point.

We did this trip in 3 days and we were a group of 4 with 3 dogs, paddling 2 open canoes (Esquif – Pocket Canyon and Nova Craft Moisie). One person in the group had done the trip in a packraft a few years earlier, which is how we got most of our background information, although doing this trip in a packraft would be very different, which will be covered in the report. This trip went well overall, but turned out to be a lot more challenging than we thought.

Trip Completed: July 2023

Trip Summary

Location: Haines Junction/Kluane National Park

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Maps & Resources

Guidebook: Some information about this trip can be found in the Paddling in the Yukon Guidebook.

Map: I use the Canada Topo app for all my river trips, which is a free app (on iPhones) which uses the original topo maps of Canada. You download the maps of your route before departing, and you can use them on your phone (or iPad) while out on your trip just like you would use a regular GPS.

Permits & Reservations

Campsite Reservations: No reservations are required.

Permits: Yes, if you want to sleep in the Park (which is likely) you need an overnight camping Parks Canada Permit, which you can purchase at the main office in Haines Junction.

Know Before You Go

Season: Early summer, as the Jarvis water levels will get too low later on in the season.

Cell Reception: No

Water: The water on the Jarvis is clear - so nice to filter. It's a different story on the Kaskawulsh and Alsek, so fill up your water bottles before leaving the Jarvis...

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