This large, beautiful lake is located in the spectacular Chehalis
Valley which is on the north side of the Fraser River across from
the town of Chilliwack. The
10 km. (6 mi.) long lake is reached by turning north off Hwy. #7
at the community of Harrison Mills. Use the Morris Valley Road and
then turn off onto the Fleetwood Road running along the Chehalis
River. A truck is usually recommended for the last 13 km. (8.1 mi.)
of gravel road. Despite the large size of the lake there are only
three access points. Campsites are located at the south and north
ends and at midlake. The numerous backroads and trails in the area
make it an extremely attractive area for hiking, 4x4 exploring,
dirt biking or sightseeing.
There are 3 primitive BCFS campsites on the lake; at the south and
north ends and at midlake. The south end has a concrete boat launch,
the midlake area has a gravel area for boat launching. The north
end has no vehicle access to the beach and the shoreline can make
even cartop launching a challenge. Non of the campsites are really
suitable for motorhome access. The north end campsite has the nicest
beach area. Facilities, services and accommodations are available
at Harrison Mills or Agassiz.
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Report: The extensive, indented shoreline of the lake
makes Chehalis a boater's or fisher's paradise. There are numerous
coves and bays to explore and fish. Although most of the lake is
very deep, the areas around the south end, where it is shallower,
are often very productive. Gang trolls and worms have been found
to be very effective for Dolly Varden; some reaching up to 12 lbs.
Where the river empties into the lake at Skwellepil Park, is a favourite
spot for trout to be taken from shore or boat. Fishing may be restricted
during periods of logging.
Pure wilderness in all directions with views of spectacular mountains
nearby. The rugged terrain is interspersed with raging streams or
meandering creeks. A photographer's paradise.
The extensive shoreline that drops quickly into the lake, is full
of intriguing coves and streams to explore.
and Wilson Lakes - Olive and Wilson are small lakes
of 8 ha. (20 ac.) and 47 ha. (116 ac.) respectively. Olive lies
at an elevation of 1015 m. (3329 ft.) and in 1988/89 was stocked
with Cutthroat trout. A 4x4 truck is recommended and the final
access is a hike of 3 km. (1.9 mi.). Wilson Lake is found at an
elevation of 833 m. (2732 ft.) and is a Rainbow stocked lake.
A 4x4 truck is recommended to get to the lake.
Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start
fishing a new lake. Be sure to visit Fishbc.com
for angling information!