Campground loops 2 and 3 are closed due to bear presence

Please do not enter loops 2 and 3 in Kusawa Lake Campground.

Loop 1 remains open for use.

Kusawa Lake Campground

Road accessible campground
Registration required: 
Total sites: 
Pull through: 
May 4 to October 2, 2023
Gate open: 
Gate open year-round
Beware of high winds and waves on this narrow lake. The sometimes narrow, winding road can be muddy after rain and pitted in sandy sections.
Site description: 
  • Many kayakers and canoeists begin their Takhini River day-trips from here, the lake outlet or the Takhini River Campground.
  • Kusawa Territorial Park is popular for boating, fishing and hiking in the nearby mountains.
  • Use binoculars to spot Dall's Sheep on the mountains.
  • If you plan to camp here on a long weekend, have a back-up plan in case the campground is full.
  • The Tlingit name Kùsawu.â means “narrow lake.”
  • The Southern Tutchone name Nekhᶙ Män means “rafting across lake,” speaking to the narrowest point where people crossed.
  • The gate to loop #1 will remain open after service to this campground has ended. Register your stay. You will not need to pay. Bring your own wood and toilet paper and pack out your garbage. The gates to loops #2 and #3 will be locked after service ends. 
Campground peak times: 
May June July August September
Kids walking on sandy trail to the lake
Scott Cameron


Alaska Highway
Highway kilometre: 
Secondary road: 
Kusawa Lake Road
Secondary road kilometre: 
GPS coordinates: 
60.585°N 136.146°W
Map download: 
Kusawa Lake Campground map (333.45 KB)
Site directions: 

Turn south off the highway and drive 23 km down the unpaved Kusawa Road.

Services available

Outhouse unisex

Bear proof garbage bins

Blue bear-proof recycling bins

Picnic tables

Cook shelter

Fire ring

Bear proof cache

Boat launch

Boat dock

Hiking trails


At least one wheelchair accessible outhouse

At least one wheelchair accessible campsite

Sandy or cobble beach within short walking distance

Group campsite