River is rated among the best - and most challenging - in North
America for kayaking and whitewater rafting. The Chilko River, a tributary
of the Chilcotin that flows out of Chilko Lake, is also known for
its whitewater activities. Not only will the Class IV-V whitewater
get your adrenal glands fluttering, the landscape will too.
The headwaters of the Chilcotin and the Chilko lie in the Coast Mountains
near the southeast corner of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. The
rivers become runable in the subalpine regions, then they descend
to the Chilcotin Plateau's sprawling grasslands and arid canyons.
Some of the most spectacular scenery is found near the Chilcotin's
confluence with the Fraser River, south of Riske
Creek. This is an esteemed kayaking and rafting locale, but because
of its isolation, the Chilcotin sees relatively few rafters and whitewater
Within Tweedsmuir Provincial
Park, the chain of lakes connected by Hunlen Creek provides the
opportunity for an enjoyable canoe trip of three to five days. Leading
from Turner Lake to Sunshine Lake, a distance of about
17 miles (27.5 km) one way, this route enjoys calm water, beautiful
scenery, good cutthroat trout fishing, sandy beaches, and wilderness
camping. With the exception of 7-mile (11-km) Turner Lake, the lakes
are small. There are six easy, short portages, the longest taking
30 minutes. Although the canoe season begins in June, the best time
to enjoy this delightful corner of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is in
September, once the first frost has brought an end to insect season.
Canoes can be airlifted in or rented from Tweedsmuir Wilderness Camp
on Turner Lake, June 15 - September 15.
There is a three-to-four day canoe route on the Nazko Lakes
south of Alexis Creek. Campsites are located at Loomis and Deerpelt
Lakes in the new Nazko
Lakes Provincial Park. Total round-trip distance is about 30 miles
(50 km). To reach the park, drive 28 miles (45 km) south of Alexis
Creek on the Alexis Lakes Forest Service Road.