Welcome To The Official Website Of Michelle Phillips & Ed Hopkins Of Tagish Lake Kennel,
Your Next Destination For Sledding Adventure In The Yukon

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Skagway dog sled tours

Local family owned Iditarod Skagway dog sled tours. Meet our new team members, the puppies. One hour from Skagway, Alaska and 7 hours from Juneau, Alaska at Km 74.5 South Klondike Highway.

We offer unique personable experiences that will teach you about life as musher and see the canine athletes in their true element.

Meet musher Michelle Phillips who has run 21 1000 mile races and be a part of training the dogs for the next racing season.

Skagway dog sled tours

Why Choose Tagish Lake Kennel?

Yukoner owned and operated since 1999

Tlk is known for its great dog care. Michelle & Ed have received many vet care awards over the years.

You will drive an extremely well trained dog tea. Many of the dogs in the teams have run the 1000 mile Iditarod and Yukon Quest.

There is a small group to guide ratio. WE care about a quality tour for the client and for the dogs!

Most of the TLK dogs have been born and raised in the kennel.

Southern Lakes scenery is phenomenal!

The drive is well worth the spectacular views.

About Michelle and Ed

Michelle Phillips

Michelle Phillips is a born-and-raised Yukoner who has been running dogs for 24 years. Her racing history is wide-ranging and accomplished. She’s a nine-time Yukon Quest and eleven time Iditarod veteran, she’s won the Yukon Quest 300 twice, she’s raced the Percy De Wolfe, the Kobuk 440, the Klondike 300, the Cantwell Classic, the Gin Gin 200 (winning and breaking a record, too), the Denali Doubles, Taiga 300, the Paul Johnson Race, and the Copper Basin 300.

She’s collected awards and personal bests along the way. In the Iditarod, Michelle Phillips received the Herbie Nayokpuk Award, presented to the musher who best exemplifies the level of sportsmanship and love of dogs that Mr. Nayokpuk demonstrated in his life. She has also earned “Rookie of the Year” in both the Percy De Wolfe and the Copper Basin 300 races. In 2009, she received the Vet’s Choice award for the Yukon Quest for providing superb care of the dogs.

In 2020, Michelle Phillips set her personal best in the Yukon Quest, finishing second. This year she will run the Iditarod and the Yukon Quest

Michelle strives for excellence in dog care — and works year round to promote the sport of dog mushing.

Ed Hopkins

Ed Hopkins of Tagish Lake Kennel began mushing in 1986 while handling dogs for Harry Sutherland. After a few years of running his own team, Ed handled dogs for Susan Butcher for two seasons, running her yearlings in the Yukon Quest in 1993 and 1994.

Ed has run the Yukon Quest 10 times, earning the prestigious Yukon Quest Sportsmanship Award along the way. In 2015, he returned to the Yukon Quest trail wearing bib #20 and finished in third place.

In 2019 Ed ran the Iditarod and received the Rookie of the Year award.

In 2015, Ed returned to the Yukon Quest trail wearing bib #20 (his original number) and finished in third place.

In 2016, Ed was back on the trail and again finished in the top five! In the 2017 Yukon Quest, Ed again finished in the top 5!

Ed Hopkins’ passion for the sport of mushing and the well-being of his dogs has been reflected in the awards he has collected. He received the humanitarian award at the Kobuk 440, the Sportsmanship Award at the Yukon Quest, Rookie of the Year in the Iditarod, plus over his years racing the Percy De Wolfe, he took home the Sportsmanship Award (three times), the Humane Society Award and the Vet’s Choice Award.