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Schwatka Lake Area Plan: Adopted!

On March 9, 2015, City Council voted to adopt the Schwatka Lake Area Plan as a guiding document for aviation, recreation, conservation, and other land uses and activities on the lake’s western shore. The Area Plan provides 37 recommendations for infrastructure and management improvements that were developed through an extensive public consultation process. Opportunities for input included 2 online surveys, 2 workshops, and a 3-month comment period on the first draft of the plan. The City and Urban Systems Ltd. extend a big thank you! to everyone who participated.

Implementation and Working Group

With the Area Plan now adopted, the next step is to begin implementing the plan's recommendations which will occur over the next 10 years. A Working Group has been organized; if you would like to take part, please send an email with your contact information to

The first meeting of the Working Group occurred on April 30th, 2015. Items for discussion included: dock standards; potential new dock sites; proposed speed limit reduction on Miles Canyon Road; and Conditional Use Application for a sailing launch on the east shore. 

Implementation items currently in process:

Float Plane Base 

Schwatka Lake is a water aerodrome registered with Transport Canada (CEZ5). The Whitehorse float plane base is located on the west shore of the lake. Air and water uses are regulated by federal legislation. The City and Yukon Government have jurisdiction over land uses that occur on the shore and inland. Public services include: outhouses, transit, fuel sales, and plane parking. 

Fuel sales and public plane parking are available at the north end of the lake. To schedule a service appointment, contact Black Sheep Aviation at (867) 668-7761 (office) or (867) 335-0011 (cell). A call out charge may be levied for one or more services. Fuel types available are: 
  • 100ll av gas: Spec – CAN/CGSB – 3.25
  • JA turbine fuel: Spec – ASTM D 1655(b)

Dock Permits

The City issues development permits for 18 dock sites on Schwatka Lake. Permits are valid for one year, commencing annually on April 1. The 2015 dock permit fee is $75. 

Applications and payment must be accompanied by:

  • Proof of float plane registration
  • Proof of float plane insurance
  • Proof of dock insurance (general liability coverage in the amount of $2,000,000.00 with the City indicated as an insured party; ask your insurance provider about an extension to your home, business, and/or premises coverage) 
  • Dock photo (e-mail to

The deadline for payment is May 29, 2015.  

Permit holders are advised that a fee increase to $300.00 and a deposit requirement of $1,500.00 are proposed for the 2016/2017 permit year. City Council will vote on these changes when it considers amendments to the Fees and Charges Bylaw in June/July 2015. Information will be posted on the Council Agendas webpage when available.  

Other Resources


For more information contact Erica Beasley, Planner at (867) 668-8600 or

Schwatka Lake

Photo: Schwatka Lake, facing north-west. Credit: Alistair Maitland, 2013

Last updated: 25/06/2015 8:14:03 AM