Surrounded by excellent fishing opportunities in lakes of all sizes, Vanderhoof, BC is a fishing destination. Trolling, casting or fly fishing will lead to some nice sized, delicious fish, including trout, kokanee, whitefish, char, Dolly Varden and more.
Obtain detailed information about British Columbia Forest Service Campsites, British Columbia Provincial Parks and National Parks and review the safety tips at the end of this post before heading out.
Knewstubb Lake (Nechako Reservoir)
Bobtail Lake (Natelsby Lake)
Located approximately 78 km from Vanderhoof accessed via the busy Kluskus Forest Service Road (off Kenney Dam Road), this large lake hosts kokanee and rainbow trout. Stay at Tatuk Lake Wilderness Resort (open year-round) in cabins or camp in your own unit. The resort has the only handicap accessible cabin and dock lift north of Kelowna. Boat rentals, bait and tackle are available onsite.
For a more rustic experience, camp in the rustic (unmaintained) recreation campsite. Back To Top
The Finger-Tatuk Lake Provincial Park protects the history and heritage of this area which contains remnants of Carrier First Nation food cache pits, culturally modified trees, traditional trails and pit houses.
A large lake located minutes west of Vanderhoof off the Kenney Dam Road this lake is stocked with rainbow trout and is host to kokanee and whitefish. The Stoney Creek Elders operate a resort with cabins, a campsite and boat launch on the shores of Nulki Lake. An annual fishing derby takes place on the May long weekend.
Nulki and nearby Tachick Lake are home to migrating waterfowl providing birdwatchers with opportunities to view geese, swans and ducks. Back To Top
Located approximately 25 km west of Vanderhoof off the Kenney Dam Road, this shallow lake hosts rainbow trout and whitefish. Our kids loved this lake when they were young, as Northern Pikeminnow were abundant and it seemed we always had a fish on the line. Stay at the Tachick Lake Resort in cabins or camp in our own unit. Boat rentals, bait and tackle are available onsite.
Located approximately 70 km from Vanderhoof via the Kluskus Forest Service Road (off Kenney Dam Road), and in the Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park this lake is host to rainbow trout and kokanee. Day trip from Vanderhoof or stay in one of the recreation campsites or at the Finger Lake Resort. Back To Top
Knewstubb Lake (Nechako Reservoir)
is located approximately 100 km from Vanderhoof via the Kenney Dam Road and is host to rainbow and lake trout. A British Columbia Forest Service campsite and a boat launch provide a rustic place to camp while the Nechako Lodge offers cabins, campsites and further amenities.
Part of the Nechako Reservoir created by Alcan’s Kenney Dam on the Nechako River in 1957, Knewstubb Lake is near the popular Cheslatta Falls. The Cheslatta Falls British Columbia Forest Service campsite is the trailhead for a beautiful short hike with spectacular views from above, beside and below the roaring falls.
A more challenging nearby hike is Cut-Off Bute, with a short but steep trail leading to amazing views. Those adventuresome enough to reach the top can sign the logbook found in the rock cairn. Some trail markers are missing, so take along a GPS with the trail map (BC Backroad Maps).
Popular with rockhounds, the area around Knewstubb Lake is host to volcanic rock and banded rhyolite.
The nearby protected Nechako Canyon includes the now dry (since the damming of the river) seven kilometre Grand Canyon of the Nechako and is home to over 130 Carrier First Nation archeological sites. Back To Top
A nice day trip, Ormond Lake is located approximately 60 km from Vanderhoof, off the Sutherland-Oona Forest Service Road. This scenic lake is host to rainbow trout and has a British Columbia Forest Service campsite and a boat launch. The Nadleh Whut’en First Nation Cultural Camp operates on the shores of Ormond Lake (Choostl’o Bunk’ut).
Located approximately 60 km from Vanderhoof off the Sutherland-Oona Forest Service Road, this beautiful, deep lake hosts rainbow trout and is home to a small British Columbia Forest Service recreation site with a rough boat launch. Back To Top
Located approximately 40 km from Vanderhoof, this large lake hosts char, rainbow trout, burbot and kokanee. Camp at Beaumont Provincial Park or the Peterson’s Beach Forest Service campground. Back To Top
Located approximately 40 km east of Vanderhoof on Hwy 16 this lake is stocked with rainbow trout and hosts kokanee, whitefish and lake trout. Back To Top
Located approximately 40 km east of Vanderhoof and accessed via Hwy 16 and Finmoore Road, Cobb Lake is host to Eastern brook trout. Stay at the busy British Columbia Forestry campsite or day-trip from Vanderhoof. Back To Top
Bobtail Lake (Natelsby Lake)
Located approximately 65 km from Vanderhoof via Hwy 16 and the Bobtail Forest Service Road this lake hosts rainbow trout and kokanee and has several recreation sites and a boat launch. Back To Top
Located approximately 30 km from Vanderhoof off Hwy 16, this beautiful recreation lake hosts lake trout, rainbow trout, kokanee and whitefish. Popular with swimmers, boaters and surrounded by cabins, this lake provides a public boat launch but no public campsites.
The lakeside restaurant, The Cabin, is worth the drive itself for its excellent menu and small store selling unique cabin decor. Back To Top
Located approximately 23 km southeast of Vanderhoof off the Blackwater Road and host to rainbow trout, this lake has recreation sites and a trail network that includes portions of the Telegraph Trail.
Stuart Lake is located approximately 60 km from Vanderhoof via Fort St. James, this large, shallow lake is host to lake, rainbow and bull trout and kokanee. Home to Sowchea Bay Provincial Park, Paarens Beach Provincial Park and two British Columbia Forest Service recreation campsites, this region offers beautiful views and a diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities.
The shores of Stuart Lake offer many beautiful pebble beaches popular with rockhounds for agates, an extensive off-road (ATV) and snowmobile trail system, opportunities for wildlife viewing and is close to the Fort St. James National Historic site.
Before heading out into the backwoods please let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Before driving on Forest Service Roads (even if you don’t have a radio) please read this one-page Forest Service Road radio protocol.
It is a good idea to wait in a pull-out until a radio-equipped vehicle (logging truck or logging company trucks) pass, then follow them. They will call for you, and will know when logging traffic is headed your way – pull over when they do.
A hand-held GPS with BC Backroads Mapbook will assist with navigating roads and trails and a Spot Satellite Messenger is always a good idea when in the backwoods. Back To Top