The Chilcotin encompasses a vast area and even the West Chilcotin is very large.
It has been divided up into smaller regions based on different criteria, communities, and for ease in navigation.

Pelicans take off from Anahim Lake.

You can find a great deal more information and photos about each region by going to the Desktop version of the Regions page. From the interactive map there you can find more detail about each area.

Anahim Lake at sunset.

Anahim Lake Anahim Lake is a popular lake for Rainbow Trout to 14" and up to three pounds. The lake has three resorts on it that provide camping as well as excellent accommodation varying from chalets and cabins to B&B's, family fare on licensed premises to fine dining with lake and mountain views. It's a popular lake for boating, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and float tubing. Other lakes can be accessed by road from the community of Anahim Lake which includes Kappan Lake as well as several smaller lakes in the area. This is also the jumping off point for magnificent trail rides and hiking trips into the Itcha Ilgatchuz Ranges and the Rainbow Range as well as local hiking trails. There are a number of amenities in the community including medical clinic and RCMP Detachment.

A floatplane comes in for a landing on Nimpo Lake.

Nimpo Lake The community of Nimpo Lake is 185 miles or 296km west of Williams Lake and is popularly known as the 'Floatplane capital of BC' for the number of floatplanes that regularly use the lake. The tiny community itself consists of a general store that provides fuel, fishing licenses, gifts and souvenirs, groceries, propane, fishing tackle, and just about anything else you might need for your holiday here. There is also a restaurant and bakery nearby. The lake itself has many protected bays and is a favorite for canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and fishing for the easily caught but hard fighting rainbow trout in the lake. The views are spectacular, local hiking and biking trails surround the lake and there is a wide variety of camping and accommodations to choose from.

Charlotte Lake beach wood.

Charlotte Lake Charlotte Lake is located 15 miles south east of Nimpo Lake. Turn off just south of the cattleguard at Towdystan to the west. There are small signs indicating the turnoff. Like many of the lakes of the West Chilcotin, Charlotte Lake is a pristine, cold, high altitude lake with crystal clear water. The lake is over 10 miles long and nearly 5 wide and is known to produce trophy rainbow trout. However, wind can come up on the lake suddenly so it's advised to keep an eye on the weather and be prepared to get off of the water quickly. Although Charlotte Lake is a very deep lake, it is one of the few in the West Chilcotin that sports an expanse of sandy beaches at the provincial recreational site, making it more fun for children to play in the water.

An alpine lake near Perkins Peak.

Clearwater - Kleena Kleene Kleena Kleene is bounded by the Klinaklini and McClinchy Rivers. The Klinaklini River offers good fishing, and nearby Clearwater Lake, One Eye Lake and Big Stick Lake are all good for fishing, boating, canoeing, and even good swimming! Plan to visit Perkins Peak, the northernmost part of the Pantheon Range, where an old mine is located and the 360 degree vistas are breathtaking. Wildflowers there are spectacular around the second week of July. The turn off is about halfway west of Tatla Lake, towards Miner Lake. Devote at least 4 hours to this hike. There are many other hikes and easy trails in the area including to Klinaklini Falls. Check with your local operator for flightseeing, horseback riding, guided hikes, kayaking, canoeing, etc.

The ranch fields at Tatla Lake.

Tatla Lake Tatla Lake is 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 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 from the East. There are an endless number of recreational activities that you can enjoy in the area. Locally you can go fishing on Tatla Lake or Marten's Lake, swimming, hiking, or horseback riding. Tatla Lake is popular for its extensive trail network for cross country skiing in the winter.

Kayaker on Bluff Lake.

Horn, Sapeye, & Bluff LakesThe turnoff to Horn, Sapeye, and Bluff Lakes is 220km or 137 miles from Williams and is located at the directional signs just before you enter Tatla Lake. Westbranch is the term used for this valley that is home to so many stunning lakes. The first is Horn Lake and consistantly produces Rainbow Trout up to three pounds. Next is Sapeye Lake, which is a fly fishing lake only and yields up to six pound trout. No turnaround for large trailers. Bluff Lake is just down the road and produces Bull Trout to ten pounds and Rainbow Trout between two and three pounds. There are fantastic mountain viewscapes here and loads of wildlife. West Branch Valley offers lots of opportunity for vacation adventure. Fish, swim, canoe, kayak, or go hiking to see a fabulous array of wildflowers up in the alpine.

Chilko River at Bull Canyon.

Tatlayoko Valley/Chilko Lake The Tatlayoko Valley is a wild and beautiful place with a long, gorgeous aquamarine lake protected along its length by craggy peaks. The spectacular mountain scenery of the area offers recreational opportunities for the experienced backcountry user, ranging from hiking, kayaking, camping and mountaineering, to photography and wildlife viewing. Chilko Lake is the highest and largest freshwater lake in the world and can be accessed by taking the Tatlayoko Road, which turns into the Chilko Road. The road is gravel and can be rough so caution should be used. Nestled among craggy peaks, Chilko Lake is most well known for its unbelievable aquamarine color caused by glacial silt that washes out of the mountains. Chilko River is a favorite for its class five rafting adventures and is known as one of the finest fishing rivers in British Columbia.

An American White Pelican paddles the lake.

Puntzi Lake The turnoff to Puntzi Lake is 35 miles or 55km west of Alexis Creek. Follow the road about 6 miles or 10km to the lake. The lake is deep, cold, and nine miles long with excellent Rainbow Trout and Kokanee fishing in summer, and ice fishing for whitefish in winter. There is accommodation and camping on Puntzi and it's a favorite halfway stop for folks visiting the West Chilcotin. An annual event greatly looked forward to is the Puntzi Lake Fishing Derby held on the last weekend in June or first weekend in July. Check with locals or on regional websites to get the dates. The lake is also noted for prime bird watching with Pelicans throughout summer and Trumpeter Swans from early fall to freeze up. There is an old airfield road that you can take to the summit of Puntzi Mountain for a spectacular 360 degree view of the Chilcotin Plateau.

The bright red mineral depostis in the Rainbow Mountains.

Tweedsmuir Park As noted on the parks page, very little of Tweedsmuir Park is actually accessible by vehicle, but it is the jumping off point for terrific hiking, trailriding, winter activities, bear watching, and fishing. Tweedsmuir Park is well known for its Salmon fishing. The Atnarko and Bella Coola Rivers are popular BC destinations during the salmon runs and you can also fish for char and trout in these two rivers. The Park has two vehicle access campsites, both at the foot of the "Hill" on Highway 20 and located on the Atnarko River with basic amenities. Along most of the trails there are primitive campsites and bear caches dotted throughout the Park. You are encouraged to exercise caution in all areas of the park as it has one of the largest concentrations of grizzly and black bear in the world. Prime viewing of these animals is during the summer and fall salmon runs.

Fishing a lake in Tweedsmuir North.

Tweedsmuir North (Nechako Plateau) There are unlimited outdoor recreational activities to be had in this trackless wilderness such as boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and wilderness camping.But as the Park Authorities state very clearly, if you are not prepared to be entirely self-sufficient or to hire a professional guide to the area that has thorough knowledge of the region, then do not even contemplate a visit.
There are spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities in this region and you are not that far from where the elusive Kermode or 'Spirit Bear' can be seen. Eagles, Osprey, coyotes, wolves, black bear, grizzly bear, moose and deer abound, so take your camera!

Hiker in the Itcha Ilgatchuz Range.

Itcha Ilgatchuz Ranges The Itcha Ilgatchuz Ranges are a vast, unroaded wilderness region and excellent example of lonely, barren shield volcanoes that rise up to 7900 feet above sea level or over 4000 feet above the Chilcotin Plateau. Made up of alpine grasslands with some of the rarest of alpine plants, and the pristine wetlands important to wildlife, the area was designated a park in 1995 to protect the largest woodland caribou herd in British Columbia. There are no roads in this vast wilderness and its remoteness from even the smallest Chilcotin communities protects it from the ravages of over enthusiastic visitors that can unknowingly destroy its fragile ecosystem. What it does provide is some of the most extraordinary trailriding and hiking in British Columbia.

Atvs on trail.

The Blackwater The Blackwater isn't just about a river but a region full of mystery and legend. The Carrier natives followed a trail called the Grease Trail, (its name came from the baskets of Ooligan grease carred over the trail from Bella Coola) on the north side of the Blackwater River for centuries in their trade with the Coastal natives. The Grease Trail is more famously known as the route that Alexander Mackenzie was guided over by local natives from inland British Columbia in 1793 in search of a route to the Pacific Coast. This heritage trail is 480 km long, can take up to a month to complete and is considered viable for the conditioned hiker only. There are no services or shelters and hikers must make their own arrangements for supply drops along the way. Where the Blackwater River can be accessed, it is very popular for fishing, camping, canoeing, boating, hunting, and snowmobiling in winter.