Pickhandle Lake Recreation Site

Recreation site (day use only)
May 17 to September 30, 2024
Gate open: 
May 17 to September 30, 2024
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 found nearby.
  • Good place to see migrating birds in the fall. Look for moose, beaver, muskrat and otter.
  • You can explore Pickhandle Lakes Habitat Protection Area by boat on the Koidern River.
  • Gates are closed from 11pm - 7am daily. 
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 (189.3 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