Pickhandle Lake

Recreation site (day use only)
May 15 - September 7, 2020
Site description: 
  • The Tlingit Chilkat, Southern and Northern Tutchone and Copper River peoples traditionally gathered here to trade.
  • The Southern Tutchone name Chetthel Chi means “stone axe handle lake.” This refers to the copper found nearby.
  • Good place for bird watching in the fall. Watch from the viewing deck. You will also see moose, beaver, muskrat and otter.
  • You can get to The Pickhandle Lakes Habitat Protection Area by boat on the Koidern River.


GPS coordinates: 
61.921°N 140.299°W
Map download: 
Pickhandle Recreation Site Map (703.24 KB)

Services available

Outhouse unisex

Bear proof garbage bins

At least one wheelchair accessible outhouse

Viewing structures or signage about local cultural and natural history