Chain Lake, British Columbia

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Location: Located approximately 40 km. (25 mi.) northeast of the town of Princeton. From Princeton travel east on the Crowsnest Hwy. #3 for a very short distance and then turn north (left) on the secondary road leading to the town of Summerland. Stay on this road (it followes Hayes Creek) until you get to Chain Lake which will be on your right. By staying on this road past Chain you will travel past Link, Osprey and Thirsk Lakes and eventually end up in the town of Summerland.

Size 49 ha. (121 ac.) Shoal 49 ha. (121 ac.)
Mean Depth 4 m. (13 ft.) Max. Depth 6 m. (20 ft.)
Game Fish Rainbow Trout Fish Stocked Rainbow Trout
Angler Usage High Elevation 1006 m. (3300 ft.)
Ice Over November to Late April T.D.S. 172 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: An 18 vehicle, semi-open BCFS campsite with cartop boat launching can be found at the lake.

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Fishing Report: Chain is a very popular lake which provides a great Rainbow fishery for trout in the 1 to 2 lb. range. It is stocked annually with 15,000 Pennask Rainbows and supports a good population of Gammarus Shrimp. Anything works in Chain, these fish aren't picky.
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Nearby Lakes

Link Lake - Link Lake, 19 ha. (47 ac.) in size is found a few kilometers to the east of Chain on the same road. Another high use lake, however, it is stocked every year with 10,000 Pennask Rainbow and provides an excellent fishery for trout up to 2 lbs. Link has a small BCFS campsite with cartop boat launch.

Osprey Lake - Osprey Lake lies near the east end of Link. 37 ha. (91 ac.) in size, and lying at an elevation of 1100 m. (3608 ft.), Osprey supports a good Rainbow fishery with trout in the 1-2 lb. range. 10,000 Pennask Rainbows were put into Osprey in 1993. A 5 vehicle semi-open BCFS campsite can be found at the lake.

Thirsk Lake - Heading east toward the town of Summerland will bring you to Thirsk Lake. 60 ha. (148 ac.) in size, it provides the fisherman with a fishery for smaller Rainbows. With easy access from the town of Summerland, and a 15 vehicle treed BCFS campsite, Thirsk is often used as a base camp from which you can explore this great fishing area.

Teepee Lakes - Teepee Lakes, a group of 3 small lakes (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) can be found by turning off the Summers Creek Road near Link and Osprey Lakes and heading north on a private road (reservations may be necessary). Friday Lake has a resort with housekeeping cabins and boats. Saturday and Sunday are hike in lakes accessed from Friday. Both Friday and Sunday have been stocked with Pennask/Beaver Rainbows. All three are considered excellent fly fishing lakes providing fine, secluded Rainbow fisheries for medium sized trout and some large ones reaching up to 5 lbs.

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


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Chain Lake, British Columbia