| Kayak, Canoe, and Raft
"The Loon simply watched us as we
quietly paddled by.”
The West Chilcotin has an amazing number of lakes, streams
and rivers perfect for Canoeing, Rafting, or Kayaking.
Probably one of the more popular chain of lakes listed in
the West Chilcotin district to canoe is the Turner
Lake Chain, with seven lakes, creeks and portages just
inside Tweedsmuir Park. What makes this canoe trip so unusual
is that you have to walk 10 miles or 16 km over strenuous
trail just to get to the first lake, where you can then rent
a canoe. The alternative, is to charter a floatplane out of
Nimpo Lake to fly you and your canoe to the first lake. This
trip takes several days and may even be longer should you
wish to combine hiking the alpine above the lakes with canoeing.
There are numerous lakes around the Anahim and Nimpo Lake
area, including those two lakes, that are generally calm and
easy paddling in summer with the possible exception of Charlotte
Lake which can generate winds that arise quickly. All of the
local area lakes have excellent fishing and you'll see more
than one canoe with a fly line trailing out the back.
The Dean River, famous for its fly fishing, can be drifted
in the upper section very comfortably in a canoe. In fact,
there are annual canoe races on the Dean where it exits Nimpo
Lake to Anahim Lake every spring. Some operators utilize rafts
on the Lower Dean for fishing. You can also canoe many sections
of the Blackwater and you will be following in the steps of
Alexander Mackenzie most of the way on his heroic push for
a passage to the Pacific.
Near Tatla Lake, you will see the Bluff Lake road where Horn,
Sapeye, Bluff, Middle Lake and Twist Lake lay like a string
of pearls following Mosley Creek to the southwest. Each lake
displays its own special character, most have campsites and
all have excellent fishing with Bull trout to 10 pounds and
rainbow trout averaging 3 pounds. Whitesaddle Air Services
is nearby and would be happy to take you on a heli-kayaking
trip into the Mount Waddington, Tatlayoko Valley region or
other lakes nearby.
Tatla, Cochin, Eagle, Choelquoit Lake and just about any
other you see on the map in the south western corner of the
West Chilcotin are all appropriate for paddling in, as well
as throwing a line out for kokanee and rainbow trout.
The Chilko River provides an opportunity to go rafting in
the Chilcotin with Lava Canyon offering continuous Class IV
whitewater, opt to raft calmer waters on the Upper Chilko
River, or kayak the shores of Chilko Lake. Nearby, in the
Nemiah area you can kayak the rivers, and canoe lakes like
Vedan and Chaunigan.
Many of the fly in resorts and lodges in the northern region
of the West Chilcotin often provide canoes to guests for drifting
on their lakes.