Yukon River Breakup

An annual photo documentary of the Yukon River breakup at the confluence of the
Yukon and Klondike rivers, Dawson City, Yukon

New early breakup record!

The Yukon River broke on April 23, 2016 at 11:15am

Date: April 23, 2016 - 12:23 pm
Photo: Sebastien Weisser



Past breakups on Mar 24th

No breakups recorded on this day.

Breakup extremes

The earliest recorded breakup was in 2016 on April 23rd.

The latest recorded breakup was in 1964 on May 28th.

Breakup tradition

As the focus of a vigorous betting tradition, the exact time and date of breakup has been recorded annually since 1896. These breakup times note the moment when the ice moves the tripod on the Yukon River at Dawson.

A full list of past break up dates is available here.


Yukon River Breakup is a bird's eye view of the disappearance of a winter's worth of ice at Dawson City, Yukon.

It's a way to watch the river ice disintegrate as summer arrives and sends winter packing. Multiple photos from Sunnydale lookout, high above the Yukon River, are stitched together to produce these panoramas.

Photos are updated periodically from late April to a few days after the ice goes out, by dedicated photographers "stuck" in West Dawson while the river's impassable.

We've been capturing the breakup since 2009, and we hope this photographic record will entertain as well as inform. Enjoy!