Two riders on horses on a ridge overlook the surrounding Chilcotin Plateau.
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Circle Tour - From East to West
Horn, Sapeye, Bluff, Middle & Twist Lakes

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 turnoff to Horn, Sapeye, Bluff and Middle Lakes is 220km or 137 miles from Williams and is located at the directional signs just before you enter Tatla Lake. Take the Tatla Lake Road south for about 5km where you will meet a branch in the road. Turning left will take you to Tatlayoko Lake. Turning right will put you on Westbranch Road. Westbranch is the term used for this valley that is home to so many stunning lakes.

The first lake you will arrive at about 10km or 6 miles from the fork in the road is Horn Lake. Horn Lake is a consistantly producing lake with Rainbow Trout up to three pounds that can be caught on a fly or by trolling.

Next in line is Sapeye Lake, which is a fly fishing lake only. It's a very pretty lake with a view of the mountains and will yield you Rainbow Trout of three pounds or more and Bull Trout to six pounds. Care is suggested for large trailers as there was no turnaround last time I checked.

Bluff Lake is just down the road from the first two lakes called that for the road that winds along a bluff above the lake. Caution is advised as the road can be narrow in spots. The lake consistently produces fish all summer long with Bull Trout to ten pounds and Rainbow Trout between two and three pounds. There are fantastic mountain viewscapes here and loads of wildlife.

Continuing down West Branch Valley will bring you to Middle Lake. Due to the delicate classification as Dolly Varden habitat Middle Lake has been restricted to motor vehicle access, but walk in access is encouraged. Fishing for both Dolly Varden and Rainbow trout is fantastic and there is loads of opportunity to view wildlife. Beyond that is Twist Lake and the Homathko Valley, but it's very difficult to get into and is recommended for hikers only or sign up with one of the operators that has outpost cabins on Twist Lake and they will provide trail guide or boat transportation to the lake.

West Branch Valley offers loads of opportunity for vacation adventure. Here you can fish, swim, canoe, kayak, go mountain biking, hiking, see a fabulous array of wildflowers up in the alpine, go trailriding or on pack trips into the Niut and Pantheon Mountains, or charter the helicopter and fixed wing operator located near Bluff Lake. That will allow you to see the Homathko Icefield, Mt. Waddington and several other mountain ranges, or go heli-hiking, heli-mountaineering, heli-kayaking, heli-skiing, cross country skiing, or snowmobiling in winter.

For more detailed information and images of the Westbranch Valley, please go to the Tour West Branch Region page.

Operators - Westbranch Valley

White Saddle Ranch Country Inn
West Branch Valley
 
Mountains overhang the end of Bluff Lake.
 
Road with rock wall on one side and lake on the other.
 
Sun reflects off water.
 
Two skeletal trees frame Bluff lake.
 
Blue helicopter sits on alpine in front of mountains.
 
Blue helicopter dropping off three skiers on a mountain.
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