Lake Puntzi - Chilanko Forks, BC

Chilanko Forks

The Chilanko Forks is an unincorporated settlement as well as a First Nations community of the Tsilhqot’in people, located along the north bank of the Chilanko River. It is between the Tatla Lake, to the north, and the Puntzi Lake to the south. It houses the Chilanko Forks Wildlife Management Area, a protected marshland that is home to many species of waterfowl. As such, the region is a great place for wildlife viewing, especially birding, during the summer months. Fishing is perhaps the favourite sport in these parts with many lakes to choose from. The Puntzi Lake has excellent trout and kokanee. The sport doesn’t change in the winter months, either, with many great opportunities for ice fishing.

The areas’ beautiful natural landscape also offers beautiful hikes through marked trails. Hikers can explore the badlands of the Chilcotin Plateau, on the trails around the Farewell Canyon, a must-see landmark of the area. When the lakes in the area freeze over, they make great skating rinks for visitors to the region.

Forest view at Barney's Lakeside Resort in Chilanko Forks in Fall.

Location

Located on Hwy 20, about 172 km (107 mi) west of Williams Lake.

Geese on the lake at the Woodlands Fishin Resort in Chilanko Forks.

A Step Back in Time

The Chilanko Forks settlement was established in 1947. In 1982, Chilanko Forks officially became a BC community.

The Chilanco Forks Post Office was opened on September 1st, 1907, and closed on July 31st, 1918. It reopened in 1963.

Waterfront at the Woodlands Fishin Resort in Chilanko Forks.

Contact Information

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Chilanko Forks & Nearby Accommodations

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Woodlands Fishing Resort

Woodlands Fishing Resort

Chilanko Forks

Come explore beautiful Puntzi Lake with us. Woodlands Fishing Resort offers a variety of services and facilities to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable. Camping sites - full or partial service and cabin rentals. We provide clean washrooms and showers, fire pits, picnic tables and a playground. Lak ... Read more
Barney's Lakeside Resort

Barney's Lakeside Resort

Chilanko Forks

Relax in the peace and quiet of the Chilcotin. Wildlife abounds with deer, moose, bear, wild horses, fox and numerous species of birds. A 12-acre lakeside resort, located on beautiful Puntzi Lake. The lake (approximately 11km long and 5km. Fishing for wild rainbow trout and kokanee salmon. Hunting, ... Read more
Escott Bay Resort

Escott Bay Resort

Anahim Lake

Our camping and RV sites offer water and power and sani-station. A small play area for kids is located on the back side of the front campground. A full range of accommodations include a chalet which features four bedrooms and is fully-serviced. Six other fully-serviced units range in size from small ... Read more
Anahim Lake Resort & RV Park

Anahim Lake Resort & RV Park

Anahim Lake

Anahim Lake Resort lies on the eastern slope of the Coastal Mountain region in BC's Chilcotin. Situated on the shore of Anahim Lake panoramic views of the mountains are a daily treat. The resort offers the vacationer Rustic Simplicity, top-notch down-home service and excellent fishing. Accommodation ... Read more
Eagle's Nest Resort

Eagle's Nest Resort

Anahim Lake

Resting on a secluded peninsula on the beautiful shores of Anahim Lake, Eagle’s Nest Resort welcomes guests to a relaxing and comfortable stay. With scenic views of the lake and majestic mountains, our resort provides tranquility and peacefulness for guests to enjoy the wilderness. We offer a vari ... Read more
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