As you drive northward on the Alaska Highway, just before you cross the Yukon River there is a large parking area on your right. There is plenty of room for RVs. There is also a boat launch, and the Sunday we were there it was very busy with locals launching their boats.
This is a good place to easily view the Yukon River. This is very near to the accepted "beginning" of the Yukon River and I found it hard to comprehend that this river keeps flowing north and west for nearly 2,000 more miles.
At the parking area, there are some informational signs about the river. Looking downriver, you can see the Lewes Dam, which was the first dam on the Yukon, although it has been replaced several times since it was originally built in 1922!
If you want, you can walk down to the river's edge and dip your toe in, although we opted not to since we didn't want to look like ridiculous tourists :-) There is also a handsome blue bridge here which is a popular subject for photographers.
In Whitehorse, you can arrange for boat tours and/or rentals as well as canoe rentals on the Yukon. For those who don't have the time or inclination to be out on the water, this parking area by the bridge provides a way of getting up close to the river for a few minutes - then back out on the road again.
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