Between a lake and a wild place

In the 1940s, a severe windstorm destroyed many of the buildings in what was then solely a highway construction and maintenance camp. The name “Destruction Bay” seemed fitting, and it stuck. 

Today, Destruction Bay is a convenient stop for travellers on the Alaska Highway. Hot showers, laundry facilities, gas, food, accommodations and RV parking covers the necessities. Picnic tables and a spectacular view of the lake and mountains make the boat launch a pleasant place to spend some time, with or without a boat.

Put your fishing license to use and drop a line in the water. It’s often trout that are biting in Kluane Lake, but there are several other species as well. Cold water makes for great-tasting fish, and catching it yourself makes it extra delicious. 

Across the highway from the turquoise-hued lake is the boundary of Kluane National Park and Reserve. The entire region has an abundance of wildlife, and it’s not uncommon to see grizzlies.

  • Pretty to look at and fun to say – Kluane is pronounced “Kloo-wah-nee.”
  • At least 150 bird species have been observed in Kluane National Park and Reserve.
  • “Łù’àn Män,” the Southern Tutchone name for Kluane Lake means "big fish lake."

Destruction Bay