Quesnel Lake, BC. Quesnel Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia


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Quesnel Lake
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Location: There are a couple of ways to get to Quesnel Lake, British Columbia.

1) To the town of Likely, BC on the west end of Quesnel Lake: turn east off BC Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House onto the Horsefly Rd. Continue to the major intersection of paved roads, then turn left (northeast) onto the Likely Road. Total distance from 150 Mile is 85 km (53 mi). From here you can access the northern portion of the lake. Ask for information and directions in Likely.

2) To the village of Horsefly and on to the southern shores of Quesnel Lake: turn east off BC Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House on to the Horsefly Road. Stay on this road until you reach the village of Horsefly 59 km (37 mi). From this point you can access either the southwest or southeast portions of Quesnel Lake. Directions and information can be obtained in Horsefly.

This is the largest lake in the Cariboo District, and there are many wilderness roads to the lake. It is advised that you acquire a good map of the area.

Size 27,195.84 hectares (67,173 acres) Shoal Data Not Available
Mean Depth 158.5 meters (519.88 feet) Max. Depth Over 610 metres.
Game Fish Rainbow Trout, Lake Char, Dolly Varden, & Kokanee Fish Stocked None
Angler Usage Low Elevation 728 meters ( 2,387 feet)
Ice Over November - May T.D.S. 94 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: There are many resorts, marinas and BCFS campsites around the lake. All services and facilities can also be found in Likely and Horsefly.

BC Adventure Network members serving this area:

Cariboo Rivers Fishing: We specialize in fly-fishing, wilderness and cultural tours, and jet boat adventures from the Chilcotin plateau, to the interior rain forests of the Quesnel Lake watershed. We offer you luxury in a wilderness setting at our private lodge on the Fraser River ... more
Ecotours-BC.com: Adventure in the wilds of BC … untamed, wild and remote. Ecotours-BC will take you to rare ancient forests, glaciers, and the alpine. You’ll see wildlife, mountain grizzly bears, eagles, and salmon – all surrounding Quesnel Lake - the deepest fjord lake on e... more
Elysia Resort: Our full service getaway destination on Quesnel Lake offers fishing for Rainbow Trout, romantic getaways, great dining, and vacation packages in lakeview rental cabins & guest rooms. You'll be warmly greeted at our small, friendly and secluded piece of paradi... more
Northern Lights Lodge: Join us for dry fly fishing on world-class rivers & Quesnel Lake, for the largest most aggressive strain of rainbow trout on the planet. You’ll experience wild native trout and river fishing at its best. We’re located on Quesnel Lake, the deepest freshwater f... more
Plato Island Resort: The sunsets have to be experienced … no words can describe the serenity and splendor. We offer excellent fishing on Quesnel lake, camping & comfortable cabin accommodation, a well protected marina, & delicious quality meals. See you soon! more
Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures: Rainbow Waters Fly Fishing Adventures offers guided fly fishing in the pristine wilderness of the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem... more

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Fishing Report: Rainbows, Dolly Varden, Lake Char, and Kokanee are found in Quesnel Lake. These fish can grow to enormous sizes. 15 lb. rainbows aren't newsworthy and 30 to 40 lb Lake Char are often caught. You should definately ask locals where to fish on this hugh lake. Summer winds can be a danger for small boats. Trolling apex lures with downriggers is the most popular method of fishing. The Quesnel River flows from the lake at Likely, and there are several smaller rivers and creeks (including the world famous Horsefly River) that flow into Quesnel Lake. Flyfishing at the mouth of these rivers and creeks can be fabulous at times. Millions of Sockeye and Chinook salmon come up the Quesnel River and swim through the lake to get to rivers such as the Mitchell and the Horsefly to spawn.
Be sure to visit Fishbc.com for angling information!

Viewscape: Forested hills give way to mountains surrounding the N.E. portion of the lake.

Shoreline: This large and very beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular and secluded beaches found on any lake in B.C. Fantastic family vacations can be planned here. Along with fishing, there is swimming, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing.

Nearby Lakes

See Klinne Lake, Horsefly Lake and Spanish Lake.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.



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