Pickhandle Lake Recreation Site

Recreation site (day use only)
May 14 to October 3, 2021
Gate open: 
May 14 to October 3, 2021
Site description: 
  • The Tlingit Chilkat, Southern and Northern Tutchone and Copper River peoples have gathered here to trade for thousands of years.
  • The Southern Tutchone name Chetthel Chi means “stone axe handle lake” referring to the copper trade item found nearby.
  • Good place to see migrating birds in the fall. Look for moose, beaver, muskrat and otter.
  • You can get to The Pickhandle Lakes Habitat Protection Area by boat on the Koidern River.
Interpretive viewing deck at Pickhandle Lake, Yukon


Alaska Highway
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GPS coordinates: 
61.92008°N 140.30119°W
Map download : 
Pickhandle Recreation Site Map (190.11 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