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From Kamloops travel west on
the Trans Canada (hwy #1) for 11.4 kms. (7.1 miles) and then turn
south onto the Coquihalla (hwy #5). Travel south on the #5 and turn
right in the town of Merritt
at the north exit. Turn right onto Nicola Ave. at this interchange.
Turn right at the intersection Nicola Ave. and hwy #8 set your odometer
to 0, turn right off hwy #8 at the Courtesy corner store located
on the lower Nicola indian reserve #9 at 8.4 kms. (5.2 miles). Cross
the indian reserve boundry at 11.2 kms. (6.9 miles) and pass the
Craigmont mine entrance on the left at 12.1 kms. (7.5 miles). The
pavement ends at 14.9 kms. (9.2 miles) and a good gravel active
logging road begins. Pass over a cattle guard and then stay straight
on the Pimainus lake forest service road at 21.9 kms. (13.6 miles).
Cross another cattle guard and at 29.8 kms. (18.5 miles)stay on
the Pimainus lake road at the intersection of Skuhun and Tyner roads,
stay straight on the Pimainus lake road at 31.0 kms. (19.2 miles)
and 31.4 kms. (19.5 miles). Cross over a wooden bridge at 32.4 kms.
(20 miles), then stay left on the Pimainus lake road at the intersection
with Chataway lakes forest service road, at 37.9 kms. (23.5 miles)
stay left, at 41.5 kms. (25.7 miles) stay right at the intersection
of Pimainus lake and Skulost creek forest service road. Cross a
cattle guard and stay straight at 50.2 kms. (31.1 miles) at 50.6
kms. (31.4 miles) stay straight, right turn leads to Calling and
Big Ok lakes. A left turn at 51.2 kms. (31.7 miles) will lead you
to the Pimainus lake forest service recreation site located on the
north shore of Pimainus lake.
1 resort with cabins, camping, boat rentals and boat launching is
located on the west end of the lake. Also a small BCFS campsite
can be found on the northwest corner of the lake.
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Report: Pimainus lake contains large numbers of wild
rainbows in the 1 to 2lb. range. Good populations of chironomid,
damsel fly, caddis fly, dragon fly and flying ants inhabit the lake
and surrounding area. Be sure to visit Fishbc.com
for angling information!
Pimainus lake is one of a chain of 4 lakes that make up the Pimainus
lakes. Situated on the Thompson Plateau within the north Nicola
forest region, Pimainus is surrounded by gently rolling hills with
slopes ranging from 5 to 16%. These hills are composed mainly of
lodgepole pine mixed with very small amounts of englemann spruce.
A mountain range is visable to the west from mid lake.
Pimainus is a long narrow lake surrounded on all sides by a dense
coniferous forest which extends to the waterline with the exception
of a sedge band, 3-5 meters (10-16 ft.) wide located at the east
end. The northwest shoreline contains large patches of exposed sand
and gravel. The south shore has large amounts of deadfall while
the east shore contains most of the lakes shoal area as well as
most of the aquatic plants found in the lake. The substrate is mainly
organics mixed with patches of sand, gravel, cobble and boulder.
Lake - Chataway lake located a few miles to the
east of the Pimainus lake chain. (see directions for Pimainus
lake). Chataway is a small lake of 20 ha./49 ac. located at an
elevation of 1380 m./4526 ft. There is a lodge with cabins , hot
showers, campsites, boat rentals and launching. A great place
for family fishing vacations. Besides Chataway lake itself there
are numerous lakes nearby: Abbott, Antler, Billy, Dot, Echo, Gordon,
Gump, Gypsum, Leroy, Rosce, Tyner and Tupper. This is an area
of excellent fishing for trout ranging from 1 lb. to 5 lbs. and
lots of them. Great sedge hatches along with damsels, mayflies,
chironomids and freshwater shrimp make up most of these rainbows
diet and also provides a tremendous fishery for the fly fishers.
Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start
fishing a new lake.