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...more
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!
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.more
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.
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.
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.more
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...more
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...more
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.