ENVIRONMENT YUKON






Kusawa Territorial Park

Kusawa

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Kusawa Territorial Park is a special place. Ancient travel routes and traditional use of the area – which continues today – can be traced back thousands of years. Family ties and cultural stories are inherent in the land. This, along with its varied landforms, water features and distinct wildlife populations is anchored by Nekh Män, “rafting across lake” in Southern Tutchone or Kùsawu.â, “narrow lake” in Łingit. The park is within the Traditional Territories of the Carcross/Tagish, Champagne and Aishihik, and Kwänlin Dün First Nations.

 

Park status

The 3,081 Km2 park in Southwest Yukon was identified through Land Claim Agreements and is still in the process of becoming an operating park. It is withdrawn from mineral, oil and gas exploration and became legally protected under the Parks and Land Certainty Act in 2016.


A Steering Committee recommended a park management plan to respective governments in January 2016. This plan was jointly reviewed by the Yukon government and the Carcross/Tagish, Champagne and Aishihik, and Kwanlin Dün First Nations and is in final stages of approval. Visit the Kusawa Park Steering Committee website for more information about the park management planning process.

 

Park objectives

The objectives of Kusawa Territorial Park, as identified in the Final Agreements include:

 

Facilities

The Takhini River and Kusawa Lake campgrounds are located within the park at kilometres 15 and 23 from the Alaska Highway along the Kusawa Lake Road. For more information, visit:

 


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
Facebook: www.facebook.com/getoutyukon Address: Box 2703 (V-4) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6