Watershed for the Yukon

What is a watershed?

A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place.


The generally accepted source of the Yukon River is the Llewellyn Glacier at the southern end of Atlin Lake in British Columbia. Others suggest that the source is Lake Lindeman at the northern end of the Chilkoot Trail. Either way, Atlin Lake flows into Tagish Lake, as eventually does Lake Lindeman after following into Lake Bemmett. Tagish Lakes then flows into Marsh Lake. Which leads to the Yukon

Damage on watersheds

Damage to watersheds are caused from pollution, rapidly melting snow, also spring and summer rain. All these things can affect the watershed.

Yukon River

This river is the longest river in the Yukon and Alaska. It is also the third largest in North America. Its overall length is 3186 kilometers with 1149 kn within Canadian borders. The watershed's total drainage area is 840,000 sq. km. and it discharges 195 cubic kilometers of water per year.


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