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Schwatka Lake Area Plan: Adopted!

On March 9, 2015, City Council voted to adopted 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 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.

With the Plan now adopted, the next step will be to begin implementing the Plan's recommendations, which will occur over the next 10 years. Stay tuned for updates.

Float Plane Base 

Schwatka Lake is a water aerodrome registered with Transport Canada (CEZ5). 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. The City's float plane base is located on the west shore of the lake. 

Public Services

Fuel Sales and Plane Parking

Fuel sales and public plane parking are available at the north end of Schwatka 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: 

  • 100ll av gas: Spec – CAN/CGSB – 3.25 
  • JA turbine fuel: Spec – ASTM D 1655(b)

Ground Transportation

Schwatka Lake is accessible by an hour public transit service. The closest bus stops are Robert Service Campground (northbound) and Robert Service Ballpark (south/westbound). The area is also accessible by taxi. 

Dock Permits

Dock Permits The City issues Development Permits for 18 dock sites on the west shore of the lake, adjacent to Miles Canyon Road. Click below for the permit application form:

Dock 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 insurance coverage) 
  • Dock photo (e-mail to indicating dock number)

The deadline for payment is May 29, 2015. Dock sites will be re-assigned after this date. 

Permit holders are advised that a fee increase to $300 and a deposit requirement of $1,500 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.

Other Resources


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

Last updated: 30/03/2015 2:30:11 PM