Coal River Springs Territorial Park

Coal River Springs Map

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With its extensive limestone terraces created by cool water springs and the rich diversity of life forms associated with year-round flowing water, Coal River Springs is a unique feature of territorial and national significance.

In 1990, a 16 km2 area in the southeast Yukon encompassing Coal River Springs was officially dedicated as the Yukon's second Territorial Park and first Ecological Reserve designation.

Coal River Springs Territorial Park was created through the combined efforts of the Yukon Government, the Liard First Nation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Getting there

Since protection of the sensitive tufa formations is the primary purpose of the park, restricted access is maintained by the difficulties of wilderness travel in this isolated region.

Experienced whitewater canoeists or rafters can line upstream on the Coal River from tributary streams and lakes accessed by floatplane from Watson Lake. However, once on the river, boaters are committed to a week-long trip with grade III-IV rapids both above and below the springs.

The park can also be accessed by helicopter from Watson Lake, 80 km west of the park. A Park Permit is required to land an aircraft in the park.

It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to bushwack from the rough mining/logging road to the banks of the Coal River. This involves navigating a two-kilometre maze of large, burned deadfall. The river cannot be crossed by foot at any time of year. Hiking opportunities in the park are limited.


A small camping area and outhouse 200 m east of the main formations is provided for visitor use.

Park Management

The park is operated by Yukon Parks and does not have a park management plan at this time.

Additional Resources


Contact Yukon Parks

Phone: 867-667-5648
Park Officers: 867-456-3974
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648
Fax: 867-393-6223
Email: yukon.parks@gov.yk.ca
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