The birds I view
Tagish is about an hour’s drive from Whitehorse, and the easy accessibility makes it a popular getaway. Rental cabins, a campground and a day-use recreational area welcome Yukoners and visitors alike.
The river connects Marsh and Tagish lakes, which are both popular spots for swimming, boating and fishing. The Tagish day-use recreational area has a boat launch, but fishing is also permitted from the bridge that spans the river. Lake trout and northern pike grow big here, so get your reeling-in arm ready.
You may see otters and beavers in the water, and large mammals like moose, caribou and bear make their home in the area too. Birdwatchers love Tagish for the dozens of different bird species. The area is especially popular during the migration of thousands of Trumpeter and Tundra swans. The arrival of the swans is celebrated and considered by Yukoners to be the true sign that spring is in the air—literally and figuratively.
Join the locals and head to Tagish for the day, or make it the home base for your southern Yukon adventures. You’ll find that the natural beauty and relaxed pace will quickly grow on you.
- Tagish River is part of the Southern Lakes, an interconnected network of 600 kilometres of lakes.
- The Southern Lakes Region has the highest diversity of mammals in the Yukon.
- The Tagish area was home to some important players in the discovery of Klondike gold including Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie and George Carmack.