Yukon Sights by Sue Thomas

Kiskatinaw Provincial Park to Inga Lake and onward to Fort Nelson on the Alaska Highway

5 August 2010 - Thursday

Continuing our quest to visit lesser known spots, the drive today was VERY short. The Alaska Highway is busy through this area with industrial activities (gas exploration).

Destination was Inga Lake Recreation Site, only 115 km northward. We weren't sure what was there, but it was down a road only 2 km from the Alaska Highway. According to the Backroad Mapbook the access road was reasonable to drive. And so it was.

The recreation site is at N56 37 05.0 W121 38 05.7. There was no fee to stay.

A neighbouring camper told us to make sure we didn't leave anything out...she said the "Russians will steal everything, they'll even take your dog." Uh-huh...okay.

The Backroad Mapbook said the fishing was reasonable so Steve headed out. He caught one fish; we figured the Russians had taken all the fish.

Inga Lake was very marshy and windy when we were there. Interesting to visit, but won't visit again unless we need a quick spot to stop overnight.

6 August 2010 - Friday

Stayed awake all night at Inga Lake with the rifle beside me, waiting for the Russians ... no, no--just kidding! The night was quiet and peaceful. Didn't see or hear anything.

On the road at 9 a.m. Some smoke in the air so picture taking wasn't great.

At Prophet River there once was a provincial campground. For our lunch stop we decided to check it out, with the access road located at N57 58 07.8 W122 46 28.6. Care must be taken when crossing the active runway! The old camping area is not maintained and is being left to return to nature. Very rustic, certainly! Our 43' truck and fifth wheel were able to negotiate the old road but something bigger might have a tough squeeze.

Debated staying the night, but decided to make some miles. Past Fort Nelson we turned north on the Liard Highway to explore a recreation site. Ten kilometres north of the Alaska Highway, the Beaver Lake recreation site (Google Map link) was okay. It was clean, tidy and accessible with the truck and fifth wheel. But the lake's banks were steep and the shoreline was marshy.

Continued northward to the Fort Nelson River, which is about 60 km north of the Alaska Highway. I recalled seeing some back roads on the maps. Sure enough, just past the Fort Nelson River bridge there was a left turn, then another left turn and soon we were at the river's edge.

Steve was able to back the fifth wheel into a rocky spot and we set up camp at
N59 13 21.4 W123 16 05.6

Camping at Fort Nelson River, BC
Camp spot alongside the Fort Nelson River on the Liard Highway

Steve fished while I moseyed about.

Fishing in the Fort Nelson River, BC
Steve fishing with the Fort Nelson River bridge in the distance

The hazy forest fire smoke was still in the air. Tazz played in the water and kept her eyes open for the Russians. We hoped we were out of their territory!

This evening my laptop crashed, and much data was lost. Turned out my laptop had started an update while we were in Fort Nelson and then lost the signal, and so I had a confused laptop that refused to work...crashed real good.

Otherwise it was a pleasant evening in a quiet spot.

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