Schwatka Lake Area Plan

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Schwatka LakePhoto: Alistair Maitland

Announcements: West Shore Launch Reconstruction Underway

The temporary closure of the public launch on the west shore of Schwatka Lake (announced last spring) will remain in effect until reconstruction of the facility is complete. Mobilization of construction on the site has begun with storage of materials and grading. Installation of the new launch will begin on June 6, with inspections to conclude by June 20. 
The launch area will be fenced off and inaccessible to the public during the construction period. Pilots are advised to launch, by appointment, from the Black Sheep Aviation lease area (info@flyblacksheep.ca335-0011). Boaters are advised to use the public boat launch located on the east shore at the Schwatka Lake Day Use Area, accessed from Chadburn Lake Road (view map).  
For inquiries, contact the City's Engineering Department at 668-8305. Thank you for your patience during the construction period.
This project is funded by Gas Tax Canada. 


Schwatka Lake Area Plan

On March 9, 2015, City Council adopted the Schwatka Lake Area Plan as a guiding document for aviation, recreation, conservation, and other land uses and activities on the west shore of Schwatka Lake. The Area Plan provides 37 recommendations for infrastructure and management improvements that were developed through an extensive public consultation process.

A Working Group has been organized to help oversee implementation of the Plan, and to discuss emerging topics that affect the area. If you would like to participate in this group, send us an email to be added.

In progress: 

  • New public docks for east and west shore (Canada 150 project)  
  • Signage strategy


  • Schwatka Lake Waterfront Policy repealed / Dock Policy and Standards adopted (March 29, 2016) 
  • Speed limit reduction to 40 km/hr on Miles Canyon Road adopted (January 11, 2016)
  • Official Community Plan amendments adopted (August 31, 2015)
  • Fees and Charges Bylaw amendments adopted (July 13, 2015)


Erica Beasley, Planner at (867) 668-8600 or