Chilko Lake, BC

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  Chilko Lake
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Location: Chilko Lake is located in the Chilcotin Country of British Columbia, Canada. Follow The Chilcotin Highway (Hwy 20) west from Williams Lake, BC to Tatla Lake. Turn left (south) onto the Bluff Lake road and drive for 4.2 km (2.6 mi.). Keep left on the Tatlayoko Lake Road for 16.3 km (10.1 mi.) to the Chilko Lake Road. Travel 41.7 km (25.9 mi.) to Chilko Lake.

Size 20,032 ha. (49,480 ac.) Shoal Data not Available
Mean Depth 107.9 m. (353.9 ft.) Max. Depth 365.8 m. (1,200 ft.)
Game Fish Rainbow and Bull Trout Fish Stocked None
Angler Usage Low Elevation 1172 m. (3844 ft.)
Ice Over November - May T.D.S. 55 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: World class resorts. All services and facilities are available at Chilko Lake. There are 2 BCFS campsites on Chilko Lake. The first that you will come to has camping in mature fir and pine along a pebble shoreline of translucent greeny blue water. It has a concrete boat launch. This 8 vehicle site can be very windy. The second BCFS campsite is called the Chilko Lake movie site because the film "The Bear" was filmed in this area. This camp is an open 8 vehicle site with the spectacular coast mountains offering a picture postcard view.

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Fishing Report: Chilko Lake contains big fish. The Bull Trout go to 10 lbs and the rainbows to 6 lbs. or better. Trolling is the preferred method of fishing, however, fly fishermen do very well at the creek mouths.

Caution: This lake can be very windy.

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Viewscape: Considered by many to be British Columbia's most beautiful lake, Chilko stretches 84 km (52 mi.). Huge snowpeaked mountains and glaciers surround the lake.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.

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