Chilko Lake Travel Guide

  • 10,000 foot Mount Tatlow
    10,000 foot Mount Tatlow
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Chilko Lake Things to Do

  • Mount Tatlow, the Legend

    Mount Tatlow, 10,000 feet high, dominates the Nemiah Valley and surrounding area.Read about the story behind this mountainThe photo shows Mt. Tatlow reflected in the calm waters of Vedan Lake...several ripples of rising trout can be seen in the photo.

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  • By horse pack train above Chilko Lake

    The sure-footed horses in this area will take you high above the pristine waters of Chilko Lake for an unforgettable view.There are also hundreds of wild horses in the Chilcotin as well.

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  • Horseback trips

    The only way to get off the beaten path in this area is to take a trip by horseback to the wonderful alpine meadows in the mountains. A typical trip lasts for a week. Most of the lodges in the area offer such excursions.

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  • Flyfisherman's dream

    This shows the bright, beautiful rainbows from the fast flowing Chilko River. Better have lots of backing on your reel!!

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  • Chilko River Salmon Run

    More than 500,000 Sockeye salmon return to the Chilko every fall to spawn in the lake and river. The bright red spawners are as thick as cordwood on the river shallows. Each fish deposits more than 5000-10,000 eggs then dies in this annual ritual.

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  • Flyfishing the Chilko River

    Blessed with an abundance of salmon and trout, this is one of the prime flyfishing rivers in the province. The Rainbow trout gorge themselves on insects and when the samon fry and eggs hatch, they gorge themself silly on those too. Catch and release fishing is the norm here, with barbless hooks.There are several ways to fish the river including...

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Chilko Lake Nightlife

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    by Darby2 Written Oct 2, 2002

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    There is nothing quite like a campfire, a tent and a stunning view like this to make a camping trip memorable forever. This is a typical B.C. Forest Service campsite. What's more...it's free! Oh yes, the fishing in this lake is fabulous too!

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Chilko Lake Transportation

  • Tsuniah Lake airstrip

    There is a nice grass airstrip at the south end of Tsuniah Lake which serves the nearby lodge. While I was there in the summer of 2007, there were two planes there unloading sightseers.The airport runway is 4000 feet in length and at an elevation of 4000 feet.

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  • By car and canoe to the Chilko Lake back...

    Chilko Lake can be dangerous to small boaters and canoeists because of the almost continuous wind that blows up the lake from the south. Use extreme caution and have all your life saving equipment in good order. It's a big lake, over 85 km long and about 3-6 km wide. The water is very cold all year.

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Chilko Lake Local Customs

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    by Darby2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Nemiah Aboriginal Wilderness Preserve is our spiritual and economic homeland: from the lakes of Chilko, Taseko and Tatlayoko, where we fish for salmon and trout; to the mountains where we gather wild potatoes and berries; to the pristine forests where we hunt, gather medicinal plants and practice our sacred and spiritual ways.

    Wild mushrooms, Chilcotin

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Chilko Lake Warnings and Dangers

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    by Darby2 Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    Be aware of bears in the area, particularly during the salmon spawning season in the fall. Any bear with cubs should NOT be approached!!

    Most times the bears are on the search for food, so always keep any food in your car.

    This shot of a black bear I took last month on the road into Chilko Lake. It looked rather underfed. Generally they'll run away from vehicles when approached.

    Black bear, Chilko Lake
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    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism

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Chilko Lake Off The Beaten Path

  • Konni Lake

    As you enter the Nemiah Valley, the first small lake near the Xene Gwetin ( pronounced "honey gweteen") village is Konni Lake. It has a good population of Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden char. The mountains in the background ar on the far side of Chilko Lake and rise to nearly 9000 feet.

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  • The back road between Chilko and Tsuniah...

    This 32km stretch of road can sometimes be impassable in wet weather or during spring breakup. But to the adventurous, its worthwhile. It more or less skirts the eastern shore of Chilko Lake and passes through magnificent old growth forest of Douglas fir. Some of the wet spots near Tsuniah have been gravelled over and are now in good shape since...

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  • Trumpeter Swans

    Many of the lakes in this area have a population of beautiful trumpeter swans. They hang around even in winter in areas of open water on the lake and river.Down The Stream The Swans All GlideDown the stream the swans all glide; It's quite the cheapest way to ride. Their legs get wet, Their tummies wetter: I think after all The bus is better. ~Spike...

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Chilko Lake Favorites

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    by Darby2 Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The scenery, and especially the fishing! The crystal clear waters of this lake hold a fine population of native Rainbow Trout up to 12 pounds, Dolly Varden char to 20 pounds and a large run of Sockeye Salmon. In addition there is a population of very large White Sturgeon that can grow to more than 12 feet long and weigh 1500 pounds.

    This is the largest alpine lake in North America.

    600 year old Douglas fir

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