Stuart Lake

Posted by on Apr 19, 2012 in Things to Do in Fort St. James | 0 comments

The lake is a popular recreation destination for many locals and visitors but what makes Stuart Lake even more special is that it is part of a chain of lakes extending over 300 kilometres long connecting Stuart with the Trembleur and Takla Lakes. Together the lakes provide some of the best rugged wilderness scenery in the north of BC via lakes and rivers. The remote, untouched country is a transportation route explored by mostly boaters and canoe enthusiasts. It is also a route explored by Salmon. The Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lake System is BC’s longest migration route for Salmon.

The Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lake System provides some remote wilderness scenery when fishing, boating and canoeing. Sports Fishing is huge here with the lake being home to many rainbow trout, kokanee and char. Many of the Fort St. James local parks like the Cottonwood, Paarens and Sowchea Parks have boat launches accessing the chain of lakes from Stuart Lake.

Throughout the chain of lakes are many coves, points and islands to moor a boat. There are a few ideal spots to moor your vessel and take out the binoculars to view some of the wildlife in the area… and there is plenty to see including grizzly bear, wolf, mule and white-tail deer, lynx, fox, beaver, marten, otter, and wolverine.

The most popular marine parks on the chain lake system are the Stuart Lake Marine Park which enjoys four lakeside recreation sites and the 3 marine parks on BC’s 5th largest lake – the 96 kilometre long Takla Lake.

Where to go to access Stuart Lake: The lake can be accessed via paved roads and gravel logging roads. Most access Stuart Lake from the community of Fort St. James, BC, Canada via paved roads. The village of Fort St James has parks with boat launches accessing Stuart Lake connecting to the other lakes. Some of the more popular parks with boat launches in the community include the Cottonwood, Paarens and Sowschea Parks.

What To Do While There

  • All types of recreational boating
  • Moor your boat at Cottonwood Marina (see below) or one of the private marinas
  • Swim or sunbathe at one of the sandy beaches
  • Fish for rainbow trout, lake trout and whitefish
  • Strap on your water skis
  • Explore remote islands, beaches and caves
  • See ancient aboriginal pictographs
  • Jet boat on Stuart River or Tachie River
  • Camp at Paarens Beach or Sowchea Bay Provincial Parks
  • Snowmobiling on the frozen lake surface
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice sailing
  • Dog sledding
  • Visit one of several lodges
  • Much more!

Information on Stuart Lake provided by the District of Fort St. James website.