Connects: Watson Lake, YT, to Klondike Highway
Route#: Yukon Highway 4
Length: 362 miles
Road Surface: 40% paved, 60% gravel
Season: Open all year
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Watson Lake, YT to Junction with Klondike Highway
Named for Robert Campbell, the first white man to penetrate what is now known as Yukon, this all-weather road leads 362 miles/583 km northwest from the Alaska Highway at Watson Lake, to junction with the Klondike Highway just north of Carmacks. The Robert Campbell Highway was completed in 1968 and closely follows sections of the fur trade route established by Robert Campbell. Campbell was a Hudson’s Bay Co. trader who was sent into the region in the 1840s to find a route west into the unexplored regions of central Yukon.
The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Watson Lake (WL) shown.
WL 0 WATSON LAKE (pop. 1,563); all services. Junction of the Campbell Highway with the Alaska Highway. Watson Lake Sign Post Forest (pictured above) is located at this junction. The Watson Lake Visitor Information Centre is inside the Watson Lake Recreation Centre; parking and access to both the recreation/visitor center and signpost forest from the Campbell Highway. Check Campbell Highway road conditions at the visitor center before driving.
WL 6.3 Access west 1.7 miles to Watson Lake Airport. The terminal at the airport was built in 1942 and is a designated Heritage Building.
WL 50.5 Simpson Lake Yukon government campground.
WL 67 Junction with Nahanni Range Road/Yukon Highway 10 to Tungsten, NWT, company town for the CanTung mine. Road not recommended for tourist travel.
WL 106.5 Frances Lake Yukon government campground.
WL 144.8 Finlayson Lake Viewpoint to east.
WL 220.5 Junction with South Canol Road which leads south 129 miles to Johnson’s Crossing on the Alaska Highway. Not recommended for tourist travel.
WL 225.4 Access road leads 7 miles/11.2 km to ROSS RIVER (pop. 411); Dena General Store has a full-service grocery, TD Canada Trust, Canada Post and gas station with diesel (24hour cardlock/credit card). The Pelly River footbridge at Ross River provides pedestrian access across the river, while the government-run Pelly Barge (seen below) ferries vehicles across.
WL 226.5 Lapie River Canyon Yukon government campground.
WL 257.5 Paved access road leads 5.6 miles/9 km to FARO (pop. 375); gas, food, lodging, and camping. Visitor information at the Campbell Region Interpretive Center (see below) which features wildlife and historical displays. The John Connolly RV Park is located across from the visitor center; pay campsite fees at the interpretive center.
WL 290.9 Drury Creek Yukon government campground.
WL 311.8 Little Salmon Lake Yukon government campground.
WL 337.5 Frenchman Lake Yukon government campground 2.8 miles north.
WL 345.6 Eagles Nest Bluff viewpoint (pictured below) to south with information on the sternwheeler Columbian Disaster in 1906; rest area with litter bins and toilets to north.
WL 362.2 Junction with the North Klondike Highway (Yukon Highway 2), which leads north to Dawson City, YT or south 2 miles/3.2 km to Carmacks (see log of Klondike Loop).