Moose Lake is located east of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, in the wilderness of the upper Blackwater, Upper Dean, and Entiako River watersheds of British Columbia’s Chilcotin region.
The area is an isolated wilderness area, home to a wide range of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bears and wolves. Visitors to the area come to enjoy the opportunity to boat, fish or hike in a truly remote wilderness.
Location: Moose Lake is located 300 miles northwest of Vancouver, east of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and due south of Entiako Provincial Park. Moose Lake is accessed by a short floatplane flight from Anahim Lake in the Chilcotin region of British Columbia. Anahim Lake is accessed by road on the Bella Coola Highway 20 from Williams Lake, or by flight into Anahim airport or Anahim Lake (floatplane). From the north, a number of logging and mining roads from Vanderhoof provide access to close the Moose Lake area.
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Near Moose Lake is Entiako Provincial Park, which is comprised mostly of gently rolling topography, with little physical relief other than the Fawnie Mountains in the northeast. Lichens are abundant in the park, growing where other plants cannot survive, providing the primary winter forage for woodland caribou that spend their winters in Entiako Park and summers in Tweedsmuir Park.
One of British Columbia’s largest parks, Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park, is located to the west of Moose Lake, and accessed from Highway 20, which bisects the southern half of the 895,000-hectare park. The park encompasses an astounding diversity of landscapes and conditions, with the Dean River acting as a natural boundary between the north and the south sections of the park.
Looking for something different that you can’t do at home? How about a combined fly-in and horseback pack trip from Moose Lake or Anahim Lake into the Ilgachuz Mountains, or a combined fly-in/horseback fishing trip to the famous Blackwater River.
Fishing: Moose Lake is filled with wild native Rainbow Trout fattened on freshwater shrimp, which provide excellent fly fishing. Fly-in fishing focuses on the Lower Dean River’s world-class summer steelhead run, along with Pacific Salmon (King, Pink, Chum and Coho). The Blackwater River also offers the famous Blackwater strain of the Kamloops trout.
Paddling: Canoe the famous Blackwater River, through remote wilderness lakes, and virgin environment unspoilt by logging. Pick your drop-off point, and arrange vehicle drops and food caches.
The Native community of Anahim Lake is a splendid base from which to embark on horseback or hiking trips into the surrounding Chilcotin wilderness of the Itcha Mountains, the Ilgachuz Mountains, and the multi-hued Rainbow Mountains. The largest community in the West Chilcotin, Anahim Lake is also the eastern gateway to the southern portion of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park – and some phenomenal wilderness recreation.