Beach, birds and beautiful scenery
While homes, cottages and guest lodges line a few different areas on Marsh Lake’s shoreline, what entices many locals and visitors is Army Beach. Despite its hardcore name, there’s no required boot camp. Instead, you’ll find an inviting spot to relax how you choose. Sink your feet into the sand or wade into the water for a refreshing swim. There’s a campground, picnic area, playground and long sandy beach, as well as a nearby boat launch.
In the spring, a shallow bay at the north end provides open water for thousands of migrating swans. Their arrival is considered the true sign that spring has returned, and the popular Celebration of Swans festival each April draws bird enthusiasts of all ages to the Swan Haven Interpretive Centre.
While there’s lots to love about Marsh Lake, part of its appeal is how easy it is to reach. Pull in as you travel along the Alaska Highway, or take the leisurely 45-minute drive from Whitehorse to spend a day. For those tempted to stay longer, we don’t blame you. Options include camping, lodges, B&Bs, rental cottages and cabins.
- Part of the Yukon River Corridor, Marsh Lake was on the gold seekers’ route to the Klondike.
- About 10% of all the Trumpeter Swans in North America stop at Marsh Lake during the annual spring migration.
- Marsh Lake is the most northerly of the Southern Lakes, a chain of 600 kilometres of interconnected lakes.