Find a fish habitat classification map for placer mining

When completing your Class 4 placer project proposal you will:

  • need to locate your site on a placer watershed map; and
  • determine the habitat classification that applies.

These maps classify Yukon’s watercourses according to how suitable they are for fish. The classifications predict fish habitat suitability based on:

  • stream gradient;
  • how close the stream is to rivers used by Pacific salmon for migration;
  • water quality; and
  • past or current development.

Maps may be updated yearly as outlined in the Adaptive Management Framework.

Available maps

Our interactive Placer Atlas allows you to see

  • watershed boundaries;
  • placer stream classification; and
  • other data related to placer mining.

Placer stream classification information is also available as a downloadable PDF. View the watershed maps below.

Big Creek Watershed

Big Salmon River Watershed

Fortymile River Watershed

Indian River Watershed

Klondike River Watershed

Mayo River Watershed

McQuesten River Watershed

Nisutlin River Watershed

Nordenskiold River Watershed

Pelly River Watershed

Sixty Mile River Watershed

Southern Lakes Watershed

Stewart River Watershed

White River Watershed

Yukon River North Watershed

Yukon River South Watershed