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Bonaparte Lake
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Bonaparte is located approximately 65 km (40 miles) southwest of l00 Mile House. Follow Hwy 24 to Bridge Lake, turn right (south) on to a gravel road for 3.3km to a marked junction. Bonaparte Lake is located approximately 28km on a good gravel road south from this junction. Proceed by staying left at the Y, which will take you to Eagan Lake. Just past the south end of Eagan Lake watch for the Sharpe Lake and Bonaparte Lake junction. Take the left road at the Y and follow it to Bonaparte.

Alternate Route: Approximately 92km of good paved and gravel road from 70 Mile House and Highway 97 via the Boule-Young and 3700 roads. The 3700 road is also marked as the Eagan Bonaparte Forest Service road.

Size 33,674 ha. (83,175 ac.) Shoal 30,714 ha. (75,864 ac.)
Mean Depth 40 m.(131 ft.) Max. Depth 98 m. (321 ft.)
Game Fish Rainbow Trout, Kokanee Fish Stocked Rainbow Trout, Kokanee
Angler Usage Moderate Elevation 1169 m.(3834 ft.)
Ice Over November to May T.D.S. 70 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: Open grassy government recreation site with 4 campsites. Good gravel boat and trailer launch. Outhouses, firepits, no dock and no beach. The recreation site is suitable for RV's and trailers. The site is a popular destination for hunters and fishers. Bonaparte Lake is a large lake that can have extreme weather changes.

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Fishing Report: Capable of producing rainbows in the l2lb. range with 3 to 4 lb. trout being the norm. Small kokanee are also around. Trolling heavy gear is the most popular method on Bonaparte. Fly fishers will often use Bonaparte as a base camp while making excursions to the many very productive smaller lakes in the area.

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Viewscape: Bonaparte is situated in a low mountainous terrain which is l00% forested except for the odd logged areas on the south side of the lake. The north side consists mainly of Lodgepole pine with some Douglas fir. The south side is mostly Lodgepole pine and spruce with some aspen and balsam.

Shoreline: Bonaparte is a large clear lake (18km x 2km) that is light to dark green in color. The lake has rocks at the bottom and edge in some places. Mainly cobble with some bedrock and a few sandy beaches. Alder and willows border the lake making access difficult. There are few weeds surrounding the lake, although lilly pad, reed and bottom cover type are present.

Nearby Lakes

Hammer Lake: Found about 3 km ( 2 miles ) from the south west end of Bonaparte, this is a lake that should not be missed,with an abundance of scuds along with good sedge and chironomid hatches make this a great flyfishing lake. Rainbows to 5 lbs. are common. Located at Hammer is a large, well treed government recreation site with 11 campsites which are RV and Trailer accessable. Boat launch available.

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

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