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Heffley Lake

Heffley Lake is known as an excellent fishing lake by the many who visit every year. Situated just four and a half hours out of the Lower Mainland, it is also easily accessible by car, trailer, camper, and motor home. Heffley Lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains and thick forests, and acts as an ideal setting for a fishing vacation from early spring to late summer. Heffley Lake is a perfect place for your fishing getaway. Aside from fishing, visitors enjoy swimming, biking, and hiking in the surrounding area.


Heffley Lake is located 44 km (27 mi) northeast of Kamloops. From Kamloops, travel north on Hwy 5 (Yellowhead Highway) for 23 km (14 mi). Turn off at the Sun Peaks Ski Resort exit and stay on this road (Heffley Louis Creek Road) for 21 km (13 mi).

Things to Do
  • Fishing

The lake provides excellent fishing for every kind of fisherman: fly fishing, trolling, still fishing, and ice fishing. Enjoy fishing for rainbow trout that grow up to 12 pounds! Boat rentals are available. Fishing tackle can be purchased at the Hitch 'N' Rail convenience store.

  • Boating / Swimming

There is a boat launch for those who have their own boat. There are available boats and motors, row boats, canoes, pedal boats, and bumper boats for the small kids. Swimming is very good in the lake - the water is very clean.

  • Hiking / Biking

There are lots of trails for mountain bikers. There is lots of wildlife: deer, foxes (red and silver tip), eagles, osprey, and the occasional bear.

There is a very good hiking trail called the Embleton Mountain trail that can be 3 to 4 hours long. It overlooks Heffley Lake with a breath-taking view. Maps are available for guests. There is also a pond trail for those who want a short walk.

  • Horseback Riding

Take a trail ride - a scenic adventure for the whole family! The Hitch 'N' Rail resort offers rides that are 1 or 2 hours long. Picnic rides are available by reservation.  

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