Kathleen Lake
Kathleen Lake
4.5

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ItalianChicken1
Paso Robles, CA396 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We drove by around 18 May 2022. There was a lot of new snow and lake was still frozen. Bears were just coming out so we only walked a short bit in front of the lake. It was so calm and very beautiful.
There were no fees at this time as it was all closed. There were several explanation boards of the area. We saw a bear next to road just outside oh Haines junction and a few porchipines.

I would love to go back again.
Written May 20, 2022
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
My husband and I stopped here while visiting Kluane National Park. The lake had parking still available and was not much in use when we stopped here. It's a scenic lake with a mountain backdrop. We did a short boardwalk trail that took a few minutes. The bugs were aplenty!
Written July 9, 2023
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driftdiver1
Halifax, Canada990 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is a lovely National Parks Canada campground. The fee for camping is $15.70/night, plus $8 for unlimited firewood if want to have a fire. Unlike at other Ntl Parks, they do a terrible job of splitting the firewood. Bring a massive axe or log splitter, because you will have plenty of splitting to do before you will be ready to light a fire – it is ridiculous; pure laziness on the part of Parks Canada staff.
This is an unserviced campground with spacious sites and very good privacy between sites.
There is water from a spigot but it is not threaded nor accessible by RV, so no tank fills are not possible. There is a permanent sign that recommends boiling water for 5 minutes, so the water is not tested regularly. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. Beautiful Kathleen is a short .6 km walk from the campground. Recycling is of tin cans only. No cell or WiFi reception in the campground but there is at the Visitor Information Ctre. There is no laundry or dump station in the campground. The closest dump stations are at Kluane RV Park ($5, free with fuel fill-up, and Petro 60 - $10, free with fuel fill up). The closest laundries is at Kluane RV Park and AlCan Motor Inn. There are 4 gas stations in town, the best prices I found were at Source Motors (closed Sundays) and Kulane RV Park, both on the AlCan past the junction heading north, where diesel was 8 to 11 cents a litre less than at the other stations in the community.
TIP: As of 2015 there is a small grocery “Little Green Apple” next to the Fast Gas station that carries the basics.
The Village Bakery sells fresh baked goods and has a Salmon Bake with live entertainment on Friday nights ($32).
Written August 2, 2017
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ExplorerFromToronto
Toronto, Canada396 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
We didn't camp here.

As a destination in itself we didn't think it was too much, but it was a perfect place to stop near Kluane National Park.

There is a nice small lake, some mountains and lots of trees. It is nice, don't get me wrong, but we had just come from Kluane which had highly impressed us.

I would return in a blink to the area to spend the night, but I personally wouldn't drive all the way here just for the lake having Kluane a few kilometers away.
Written January 14, 2013
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Grandebbie
Methow, WA461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The lake was beautiful...still mostly covered with snow and ice...we did not stay at the campground, but settled on Congdon Creek instead as it fit in better with our road-miles itinerary. Don't travel AK without buying "Milepost"....incredibly helpful.
Written June 4, 2017
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alaska_rick
Juneau, AK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
This is an excellent place to camp. We camped with a pick up camper. No power, hand carry water. Excellent supply of dry firewood for a reasonable price.

It filled up on the weekend so best to get into your spot early in the day on a weekend. During the week there were lots of spaces.

Might be best to bring some sort of a boat if you wanted to fish. We did not have one. Nearby is a river that is easy to fish without a boat though.

The ranger gave an excellent talk on forest fires in the evening. It was held in a cozy building next to the lake. Very safe place for kids.

We drove from Haines, AK north across the Canadian Border to Lake Kathleen. From the border to Lake kathleen we saw 10 bears on the side of the road. 8 bears were Grizzlies and two were black bears. They were eating grass or insects on the side of the road. They looked friendly but we stayed inside the truck to watch them. I would sincerely advise that. We did not see any bears in the campground.
Written July 28, 2011
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Lee B
Alberta, Canada188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We spent three nights at the national park campground and walked to the lake from there daily (0.6km each way). The campsite was solid and we enjoyed the nightly campfire talks.
The lake itself is very cold but there is an excellent boardwalk (called Kokanee). Walk it to the end then continue following the beach around the corner to find a set of National Park red chairs and one of the best views in Kulane national park.
Written July 19, 2018
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Ashley
Cochrane, Canada434 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
The area is absolutely beautiful so if you're looking for scenery alone, it's 5 stars! It got 3 because there's nothing to actually do - no restaurant, rentals, information center, etc. The water is actually quite rough so you can't swim.
Written June 23, 2017
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Justine28
Yellowknife, Canada2,167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Beautiful lake short drive (approx. 25km) from Haines Junction on the road to Haines, Alaska. Well signposted and easily reachable from the main road, you won't miss it. There's a campground as well a separate day use area located at the very shore of the lake (includes a boat launch and picnic tables). There's couple of trails starting from here, with the most accessible and short one (Kokanee Trail - 1km long) starting just behind the boat launch. It's mainly a boardwalk type walk, so very easy and perfect for those with mobility issues or young kids etc. There's plenty of lovely view points with benches; when boardwalk ends, you can easily walk to the stone beach which will lead you to Parks Canada "red chair" spot - very picturesque! We also went walking along the other shore of the lake (to the left when facing the lake) and it also offered some stunning vistas and same beach full of stones and driftwood.
We visited this lake just this past weekend, on a quiet Sunday, and were lucky enough to time it perfectly and see the lake's turquoise waters turn into what seemed like a mirror, but just for a while. Absolutely breathtaking, would recommend a short visit here (30mins or as long as needed) to anyone!
Written September 20, 2016
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Arthur M
Hamilton, Canada1,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
It is essentially a carbon copy of Lake Louise, but without the glacier, and with mountains that turn red during the fall. And with minimal crowds and no entrance fees. Nothing bad about that!

The lake hosts a campground, a day use area and the Kokanee trail that hugs the shoreline of the lake. Seems pretty well-used relative to the rest of the park where we were often the only parked car in the lot, but not here!
Written September 30, 2021
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