Circle Tour - From East to West
Eagle, Tatlayoko and Chilko 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.
The first turnoff to Tatlayoko Lake from Williams Lake is
211km or 132 miles on what is called the Eagle Lake road.
Eagle Lake itself is about 5km in on a gravel road from Highway
20. Eagle lake is a beautiful aqua blue lake set among rolling
hills with a spectacular view of the Coast Mountain Range.
There you'll find great fishing for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout.
The Rainbows are stocked with two pounds being the average
size although it's said you can catch fish up to eight pounds.
Continue beyond Eagle Lake for another 10.9 km or 6.8 miles
(you will pass Lunch Lake on the right and Cochin Lake on
the left) to a branch in the road. Following the right hand
branch will take you 16.5km or 10 miles to Tatlayoko Lake.
Turning left and traveling about 25km or a little over 15
miles will bring you to Choelquoit Lake. From there turn right
and drive toward Chilko Lake until you reach the Chilko River
about 7km or 4 miles directly south. Here you can see the
amazing Salmon run in August which attracts a myriad of wildlife,
including black bears, grizzly bears and Bald Eagles.
For more detailed information and images of Chilko Lake please
go to the Tour
Tatlayko Chilko Region page.
You can also reach Tatlayoko Lake from the turnoff onto a
good gravel road at Tatla Lake. The Tatla Lake turnoff on
Highway 20 is only about 10km or 6 miles beyond the Eagle
Lake turnoff. Turn left at the large directional signs at
Tatla and follow the Tatla Lake road to a fork in the road.
The left hand branch will take you down the Tatla Lake Road
about 12km or or 7.5 miles to the junction with the Eagle
Lake Road, there you would turn right and follow the road
for 16.5km or 10 miles as described above.
Tatlayoko Lake is a brilliant lake set in a long valley among
mountains offering up two to five pound Rainbow Trout and
some wild windsurfing for the hardy pro. From Tatlayoko there
are numerous hiking and riding trails up into the Potato Mountains
where from the western side you can view spectacular Tatlayoko
Lake from above, and aquamarine Chilko Lake from the eastern
side of the range.
Fancy a trail ride into this fabulous country? Professional
guides will take you for a ride or pack trip into the Niut
Mountains where you'll see loads of wildlife, pristine alpine
lakes and swales of alpine wild flowers. Or charter a helicopter
to take you hiking into high alpine, kayaking on thrilling
rivers, or flightsee in a fixed wing aircraft to see Mt. Waddington,
Queen Bess, the Pantheons, Niut Range or the amazing Homathko
Icefields. Winter sports include heli skiing and heli mountaineering.
For more detailed information and images of the Tatlayoko
Valley, please go to the Tour
Tatlayko Chilko Region page.
Operators - Tatlayoko/Chilko Region