Two loons call on the lake.
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Circle Tour - From East to West
Tatla Lake

All roads except for Highway 20 are gravel. You should be sure to check on local conditions before embarking on your trip.

As there have been some changes to the "Discovery Coast Ferry Route "(Route # 40), the West Chilcotin Tourism Association recommends that you check the latest ferry schedules, type of ferry, and amenities, before embarking on your trip.

Tatla Lake is 114km west of Alexis Creek, 227km or 142 miles west of Williams Lake. Highway 20 goes right through the middle of the tiny community of Tatla Lake where you'll find a great eating establishment, accommodation, a general store with fuel, a nursing station, new school, and church, along with a whole lot of history!

Tatla's beginnings were in ranching and that's very evident as you travel through lush fields and pasture past Chilcotin fences of various types, cattle and horses, and huge flocks of Canada geese that love the fields in spring and fall.

You actually pass Tatla Lake itself, prior to reaching the community but there is a forestry recreation sign on the north side of the highway indicating the road down to the lake. Tatla Lake is popular for its Kokanee that range from 14 to 16 inches while Martin Lake, located just north of the community of Tatla, is popular for swimming and fishing for Rainbow Trout.

Tatla Lake Community is actually the hub for the huge surrounding area that includes Westbranch and the Tatlayoko Valley. The turnoff to those two valleys is at the junction just before you enter Tatla.

The community members of Tatla Lake and surrounding region are very pro-active and host and participate in a lot of events year round including a cross country ski race, snowmobile poker run, gymkhana, and pottery and craft fair to name a few.

Using Tatla Lake as a jumping off point, there are an endless number of recreational activities that you can enjoy in the area. Locally you can go fishing, swimming, hiking, or horseback riding or take a drive down either Westbranch Road to that Valley, or down Tatla Lake Road to Tatlayoko Valley. You'll meet with fabulous fishing and stunning views all the way. Various operators offer anything from a ranch vacation, trailriding, horse assisted hiking, wildlife viewing and just relaxing, to mountain biking, heli-hiking, heli-kayaking, mountaineering, canoeing, rafting, skiing and snowshoeing.

For more detailed information and images of the Tatla Lake Region, please go to the Tour Tatla Region page. One word of caution for those travelling highway 20 through to Tatla Lake. Cattle roam the open range from May until the end of October and there are large numbers on the road between Redstone and Tatla Lake, particularly in spring and fall. Please travel at a reasonable speed and keep a cautious eye out for them.

Operators for the Tatlayoko and Westbranch Valleys include ranches, resorts and lodges, as well as bed and breakfasts, and are listed under those regional pages.

Operators - Tatla Lake

Tatla Lake Manor
Tatla Lake
Green grass and horse in pasture.
Ranch fields with snake fence.
Canada Geese on snow at Tatla Lake.
Men in Santa hats make pancake breakfast.
Blue Inn behind several people and snowmobiles at Tatla.
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