Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

South Canol Road to Quiet Lake. Yukon

The South Canol meanders 220 km (143 miles) from Johnsons Crossing (Alaska Hwy) to Ross River (Campbell Hwy). There are no services along the road. There is one territorial campground and several recreation sites.

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6 September 2007

After a quiet night at Squanga Lake Yukon gov't campground (km 1316 on the Alaska Hwy), we backtracked 20 km to Johnsons Crossing (km 1296), where we filled the truck with diesel. There is also a commercial campground at Johnsons Crossing.

I asked about conditions on the South Canol. Turns out a fellow buying coffee was responsible for road maintenance in the area; he told us there was some freshly graded areas, some recent repair of washouts, and was in reasonable condition. He checked out the window to see what we were driving and said he thought we would be all right.

So with cautious excitement, we ventured north on the South Canol Road.

Northbound on the South Canol Road, Yukon
Northbound from the south end of the South Canol Road at km 13

The road was good gravel and varied from 2- to 1-lane. Initially the scenery was not overly spectacular; however, the fall colours added emphasis to the sights. 

Marsh along the South Canol Road, Yukon
Meadow and creek along South Canol Road at km 14

Northbound on the South Canol Road, Yukon
Northbound on the South Canol Road between the Alaska Highway and Evelyn Creek

Some of the vistas were very nice. The landscape was quiet and expansive.

South Canol Road, Yukon
View from top of hill near km 29 on the South Canol Road, northbound

The bridges were single-lane with wood decks. Generally the wood decks were in good condition.

Evelyn Creek on South Canol Road, Yukon
Evelyn Creek at km 43

The road was in better condition than we anticipated. The miles were rolling by quickly. There are few signs along the road and ample places to pull over.

Lunch stop on South Canol Road, Yukon
Lunch stop at km 50, high above the Nisutlin River 

Quiet Lake Yukon Government campground (km 76) was quiet. The campground is maintained. The sites also did not have a view of the lake. We decided to camp at the boat launch; it seemed there was not a lot of demand for the launch area. During our two day stay, no one arrived to launch a boat. 

Quiet Lake on South Canol Road, Yukon
Quiet Lake boat launch and campsite

Steve decided he needed a bath. Because we weren't sure how long it would be before the fresh water tank could be refilled, he took advantage of the water out our back door.

Steve at Quiet Lake, Yukon along the South Canol Road
Jake watching Steve take a bath in Quiet Lake

The campground likely gets more use in winter than in summer. The picnic shelter had an interesting sign posted on its side.

Sign at Quiet Lake, South Canol Road, Yukon
Sign on the picnic shelter at Quiet Lake campground

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