Is located approximately 8 km (5 miles) south-east of One Eye Lake
in the Chilcotin-Cariboo region of British Columbia.
From Williams Lake, travel approximately
240 km west on Hwy 20 to the small unincorporated community. Kleena
Kleene is about 66 km (41 miles) east of Nimpo Lake and 16 km (10
miles) west of Tatla Lake. Anahim
Lake, which has a small community airport (YAA) and is serviced
from Vancouver by
Pacific Coastal Airlines, is located about 80 km (50 miles) away.
Kleena Kleene has a population of approximately 20 people; no commercial
services are available, other than a few businesses that rely on
seasonal activity (mainly fishing and adventure lodges). The only
real evidence that you are in Kleena Kleene is an old log cabin
situated on Hwy 20 that serves as a postal depot. Most services,
although limited, can be found either at Nimpo Lake or Tatla Lake.
The ranchland and farmland around Kleena Kleene is well suited to
cattle and horse production. The geographical area of the Chilcotin
plains is also full of lakes, creeks, and rivers, including the
headwaters of the Dean River, which is world famous for its Steelhead
fishing potential. Other prominent fishing areas nearby, especially
between June 1st and September 30th, include Klinaklini and McClinchy
Rivers plus Tatla, Sapeye, One Eye, Big Stick, Clearwater, Nimpo,
and Horn Lakes.
At one time Chilanko Lodge, situated near One Eye Lake, served the
eco-tourism demand in the Kleena Kleene area, specializing in horseback
riding, flat plane sightseeing, river rafting, hunting, and fishing.
The facility utilized a private airstrip near Kleena Kleene, called
Chilanko Lodge Airport CBX3. Chilanko Lodge also served as a crisis
centre for troubled youth but later was involved in a legal issue
concerning animal abuse. Eventually the lodge was shut down and
sold to actress Michelle Pfeifer and her partner David E. Kelly
in November, 2008.
A number of lodges and outfitters are still available around Kleena
Kleene, serving the area's demand for world-class, outdoor recreation
opportunities. A couple of favourites include Clearwater Lake Lodge
and Resort and Terra Nostra Guest Ranch. Others include Atnarko
Lodge, One Eye Outfit, and Crazy Bear Wilderness Lodge.
If you enjoy camping, some rustic camping is available near Kleena
Lake at Clearwater Lake, Big Stick Lake, Miner Lake, Tatla Lake,
and One Eye Lake, using the British Columbia Recreation Sites. Just
remember there is a limited number of campsites at each site; aside
from a pit-toilet, there are generally no facilities available and
you have to pack your garbage out.
on Kleena Kleene
click map for
the Dean River
Hwy 20 Near Kleena