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Chaunigan Lake

Chaunigan Lake (Nemiah)

SwimmingFishingBoat LaunchCamping

  • Rec Site #:REC2705
  • Type:Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:6
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:Boat Launch
  • Site Description: In June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Tsilhqot�in Nation a declaration of aboriginal title over a certain area. This recreation site is within the declared aboriginal title area. The Tsilhqot�in Nation has declared that recreation sites within the title area remain open for visitors, and that activities such as canoeing, hiking and light camping are encouraged in the area. All visitors must adhere to the Visitor Protocol (http://xeni.ca/Home/VisitorProtocols/tabid/68/Default.aspx) and Nemiah Declaration (http://www.tsilhqotin.ca/PDFs/Nemiah_Declaration.pdf). In addition to being available online, both documents can be viewed at the welcoming signs into the Xeni Gwet�in caretaker area. Hunting for all species is not permitted within the title area, however fishing remains open to visitors with a valid BC freshwater fishing license. For further information please contact the Tsilhqot�in National Government (www.tsilhqotin.ca). Chaunigan Lake Recreation Site provides scenic views of the Coast Mountains in the distance, including Mount Tatlow (Ts�yl-os). The lake is a popular destination for fishing and back-country enthusiasts. Rainbow trout in the 1.5 to 2 pound size are said to be fairly plentiful in the lake.

  • Driving Directions: From Williams Lake, travel west along Hwy 20 for about 90km to Hanceville, and turn left at Lee's Corner onto the Big Creek Road (700 Road). Travel 5.5 km and turn right onto the Taseko Lake Road, and follow signage towards Nemaiah Valley. Follow the Taseko Lake Road (900 Road) to about 79 km and turn right onto the Vedan-Elkins Forest Service Road. Follow this road approximately 8 km and turn right onto the Chaunigan Mountain Road. This road is fairly steep and sections can be rough, so large trailers and motorhomes are not recommended. Travel 6.5 km into the site.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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