Marsh Lake, also known as Mud Lake is located southeast of Whitehorse in the west-most and the smallest of the three federal territories of Canada - Yukon. Marsh was formed in the expansion of the Yukon River and is one of the water supplies, with its tributaries, the river lakes, known as The Southern Lakes. Another beautiful lake in the composition is Lake Laberge Today the tourist base and the population of Marsh Lake are located on its northern shores.
Marsh is a beautiful lake, which is ideal for recreation, walking and other outdoor activities. Its shores are scattered around 40 separate campsites, there are about seven tourist cabins , each able to house up to 16 people.
The price ranges from $ 14 per single room to 28 dollars for a double. There are excellent conditions for fishing, canoeing on the lake, paths for mountain biking, riding ATVs, a simple boat, exploring the surrounding lakes on one of the marked trails or simply drive and view picturesque scenery.
In late April and early May here is traditionally held the Spring Celebration of Swans, which is not to be missed. At this time of year the swans return to their place of habitat, in the Marsh, and the view is really impressive. The festival goes into feeding the swans and other outdoor activities.
Opportunities for enjoyment of Lake Marsh are constantly increasing. Recently there has been built an ice rink and ski slope, which is a good option for winter months.
Length of Marsh Lake is about 30 km, and width is about 3-4 kilometers. It can be reached easily, it is located 45 minutes south of Whitehorse. During the Klondike Gold Rush, Yukon River has been exploited to carry the load with the precious metal.
A system with strict newly steamboats that carried passengers through all this area’s lakes was gradually built. To power these steamers, were needed trees, and along the southern coast of Marsh, was formed one such point.
The original name was Marsh Mud Lake, but it has changed by Frederick Schwatka, in honor of Inspector Frederick Marsh.
During World War II, the Alaska Highway project was intended to pass along Marsh Lake . In Whitehorse there was a military base.
One day the daughter of one of the soldiers decided to walk and explore the area around Marsh, and suddenly came across a beautiful, white, sandy beach that was crescent-shaped, located on the northwestern edge of the lake. Even today this part of the Marsh is known as Army Beach.