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Mackill Lake Trail

Mackill Lake Trail (Riske Creek)


  • Rec Site #:REC166404
  • Type:Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:2
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:None
  • Site Description: Mackill Lake is located southwest of Palmer Lake, and is managed as a backcountry recreation and fishing destination, with access restricted to walk-in or horseback traffic only. In order to protect the backcountry recreation experience, no motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail, or within 400 meters of the lakeshore. The lake has been stocked with rainbow trout, and the water in the lake is exceptionally clear. Rustic facilities are available at two locations on the lakeshore for those wanting to tent or just to enjoy for the day. A hiking trail can also be followed around the entire lake, and the trail along the north side of the lake is believed to follow the same route used by Lieutenant Henry Spencer Palmer, a Royal Engineer whose orders in 1862 were to find a suitable location for a road from the coast to the interior, from North Bentinck Arm to Fort Alexander (Alexandria). The trail around the lake is about 4 km in length and takes about 2 hours to complete.

  • Driving Directions: From Williams Lake follow Hwy 20 west for approximately 67 km and turn right onto the Alex Graham - Palmer Lake Forest Service Road (1300 Road). Follow the 1300 Road for approximately 52.3km and turn left onto the Alex Graham - Goering FSR (1700 Road). Travel approximately 12 km to the parking area on the left side of the road. The access to the lake is via a non-motorized trail. Walk in 1 km to the north end of the lake.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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