Located 278 KM (173 miles) north of Watson Lake, Teslin is a picturesque lakeside community, where members of the Inland Tlingit make up the majority of the residents. A small trading post was established here in 1903, mainly to serve the Tlingit people.
This nomadic band of First Nations people roamed throughout this area for centuries. With a population of 450, Teslin is located on the shores of Teslin Lake. The bridge here is the longest on the Alaska Highway. Teslin Lake was one of the waterways to the Yukon River and the Klondike during the gold rush of 1898. Steamers plied the waters of Teslin Lake until the 1940s.
The people of Teslin are involved in hunting, trapping and fishing as well as providing services to tourists. This is a choice area for fishing. Charter trips are available from Coyote Air (867-390-2605) to remote lakes, or for wilderness trips down the Wolf River. Other facilities include houseboat charters at Morley Bay (Mobile Radio JR3 9305), and mountain bike rentals 11 KM south of Teslin at the Dawson Peaks Adventure Company (867) 667-1103.
We recommend visiting the George Johnson Museum, operated by the Teslin Historical Society, open June-September, featuring the cultural history of the Tlingits, artifacts from pioneer days, and George Johnson's photographs.
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Halstead's Teslin Lake Resort
General Delivery, Teslin YT Y0A 1B0
This motel and campground are located three miles west of the Teslin Lake Bridge, north of the small town. The motel offers modern rooms with satellite TV, private baths, and refrigerators. Non-smoking rooms are available. ($ to $$)
The cafe is a long-time favorite with Alaska Highway travelers, with freshly baked bread, hamburgers, fried chicken, and seafood. The RV park has full hookups and pull-through sites, picnic tables, grills, and showers. The service station offers tire service, gas, and a dump station. Boat rentals and fishing guides are also available.
Mile 804, Teslin YT Y0A 1B0
This standard motel, on the shore of Nisutlin Bay, has a licensed cafe, lounge, laundry, beer sales, and self-service gasoline. Their Lakeshore RV Park is in operation on the shore of Nisutlan bay, with hookups, showers, and laundry.
Dawson Peaks Resort
Box 80, Teslin, Yukon, Canada Y0A 1B0
Phone: (867) 390-2244 Fax: (867) 390-2310
Toll Free: 1-866-402-2244
Located seven miles -- ten kilometers -- south of Teslin, this cabin style resort is beside the Alaska Higwtay, on Morley Bay of Teslin Lake. Not only are there lakefront cabins and a motel with restaurant, the resort has tent cabins (with showers) tent sites, and an RV park with 28 sites including power, water, showers, dump station, pull-throughs, firepits with free firewood, and picnic tables. You can obtain a rental boat or canoe, go on river expeditions or on a chartered fishing boat. A land tour is also available. For information, Go Here.
Johnson's Crossing Campground
General Delivery, Johnson's Crossing YT Y1A 9Z0
Located along the Alaska Highway, across the Teslin River Bridge at mile 836 (km 1346), this is an RV park with full hookups, plus treed tent sites, showers, dump station, laundry, and grocery store selling campers supplies and baked goods, including (yes) cinnamon buns.
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