Kluane Lake Research Station

Supporting Northern Research since 1961

Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) is located near the Alaska Highway, 220 km northwest of Whitehorse, Yukon, on the south shore of Kluane Lake. The research station is one of the most valued, celebrated, and well-used highlights of the Arctic Institute. The extreme elevation difference between Kluane Lake and the crest of the St. Elias Mountains establishes a strong gradient in environmental attributes and results in a remarkable diversity of research opportunities within a small geographical area. This diversity is reflected in the unique scientific legacy of KLRS.

Since 1961, when the base was founded, it has fostered research projects spanning the disciplines of glaciology, geomorphology, geology, biology, botany, zoology, hydrology, limnology, climatology, high-altitude physiology, anthropology and archaeology.

Research papers catalogued Research projects based at KLRS have resulted in about 1500 publications, many of which are described in the Kluane Lake Research Station Bibliography.

AINA through KLRS is a member of the Canadian Network of Northern Research Operators (CNNRO) and the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT). Both networks work to build capacity for terrestrial research, to improve collaboration and coordination of efforts, enable access to partner stations, and implement best practices for station management, use and station-based research and monitoring.

Kluane Lake Research Station 

Mile 1054 Alaska Highway 


Y0B 1H0 

Phone: 867-841-4561 


All users must fill out the online form to request a reservation  Click here to make a reservation


2018 User Rates are below (click the image for a full size pdf)

KLRS 2018 Rates