Mahood Lake is located approximately 88 km (55 miles) east of 100
Mile in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region of BC.
Mahood Lake is part of Wells
Gray Provincial Park and because of its remote location from
the main entrance at Clearwater,
it's probably the least-used section. The lake is very clean and
pristine and has lots of areas available for kayaking, canoeing,
boating, hiking, and, with the proper license, fishing and hunting
- all within a unique wilderness setting.
There are a number of ways to get to Mahood Lake. The easiest is
to travel east of 100 Mile House through Forest Grove to Canim Lake,
then travel on the south side of the lake via paved and gravel roads.
If you are prepared to, you can also travel here from Hwy 24, then
take the turnoff at the Interlakes corner and travel via gravel
roads or by taking TFL 18 and other gravel logging roads from Clearwater.
There is a provincial campground at Mahood Lake with 35 sites, some
of which can be reserved from May 15th to September 1st through
Discover Camping, while the rest are on a first-come, first-served
basis. Before and after those dates, they are all on a first-come,
Besides all the great recreation available at Mahood Lake, there
are also walking trails to either Mahood or Canim Falls or to Deception
Falls. At all three areas, you can experience some decent views
from the trails and viewing platforms, just don't get too close
to the edge and do keep an eye on children.
Remember there are quite a few bears in the area and extreme caution
must be exercised when walking on the trails, especially to Deception
Falls. The gravel road to Deception Falls is narrow and rough, plus
there is very little parking or even a place to turn around at the
parking lot, so RVs and motorhomes are not recommended at all.
For services and supplies, you can find all sorts of general merchandise,
including fresh-baked goods at the Canim Lake General Store located
in the small community of Canim Lake on Canim Lake South Road. Canim
Beach Provincial Park is just 8 km (5 miles) east on the Canim-Hendrix
Lake Road. If you go 13 km (8 miles) west on the Canim-Hendrix Lake
Road, there is another community called Forest Grove where there
you can find gas, groceries, and a restaurant.
Just remember if you are enjoying the Mahood Lake and the rest of
Wells Gray Provincial Park and the countryside around British Columbia,
please remember this is bear country. Try to make noise on the trails
and avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.