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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Cariboo Chilcotin Coast > McLeese Lake

McLeese Lake
McLeese Lake is located 45 km (28 miles) north of Williams Lake and 75 km (47 miles) south of Quesnel on Hwy 97.

Robert McLeese
McLeese Lake is named after pioneer Robert McLeese who, in the late 1800's, served for 25 years as the local postmaster of Soda Creek. Robert McLeese died in 1898,he was also a member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, plus owned the store, hotel and Fraser River sternwheeler boat.

McLeese General Store
The facilities in the small community include the McLeese General Store located right on Hwy 97. The store sells groceries, convenience items and has a liquor outlet but, unfortunately, has no fuel. McLeese Lake also has a small library and community hall.

Outdoor Recreation
The community is very small with approximately 300 inhabitants and is spread along Hwy 97 and is sparsely populated for the length of the lake. The majority of the population is quite involved in outdoor activities that include fishing, hunting, hiking with snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, hockey and snowshoeing in the winter.

McLeese Lake Resort
One of the nicest resorts along the lake is the McLeese Lake Resort located right off Hwy 97 on the north side near the rest area. The resort features private cabins, lakefront campsites for both tenting and serviced RV sites, most having a southern exposure.

Oasis Pub & Kitchen
If you do stay awhile or are passing through, there is entertainment at the Oasis Pub & Kitchen situated across Hwy 97 from the McLeese General Store. The pub has a nice view of the lake and the Oasis Motel and Café is conveniently located next door if you need a room for the night or something to eat.

Annual Fishing Derby
There is an annual fishing derby in McLeese Lake. The event happens on the long weekend in May and is helped sponsored by the McLeese Lake Resort. Bring the kids for the nice trout fishing and make it a memorable family event.

Rest Area
If you are travelling on Hwy 97 and require a rest stop, there is a really nice one on the north side of the community. The rest facility includes a picnic area, beach access and flush toilets and is right next door to the McLeese Lake Resort.

Gibraltar Mine
The main employer around McLeese Lake is the Gibraltar Mine located east of town. Presently owned by Taseko Mines Limited and operated as a copper-molybdenum mine, the Gibraltar Mine has seen a number of owners who started first with Placer International, the company who developed a copper-gold mine.

Likely or Horsefly
For adventuring off Hwy 97 at McLeese Lake, you can try taking the road to Gibraltar Mines or farther to Beaver Creek then to either Likely or Horsefly. Likely, at the end of Quesnel Lake and start of the Quesnel River, and Horsefly is close to Horsefly Lake where there are other recreational activities out of Horsefly Lake Provincial Park including kayaking, fishing and canoeing.

Bear Country
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around McLeese Lake, please remember this is Bear Country. Try to 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.

Information on McLeese Lake



Map of McLeese Lake
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McLeese Lake General Store
McLeese Lake General Store


McLeese Lake Resort
McLeese Lake Resort


Oasis Pub & Kitchen
Oasis Pub & Kitchen


McLeese Lake Rest Area on Hwy 97
McLeese Lake Rest Area on Hwy 97


Boat Launch
Boat Launch


Oasis Motel and Café
Oasis Motel and Café

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