Nazko is located 100 km (62 miles) north-west of Quesnel
on the Nazko Highway.
Hunting and Fishing
Nazko and the Nazko Valley is an interesting place with lots of
history, dramatic landscapes, offers some great trout fishing, and
has some available hunting opportunities. Various outfitters operated
in the near area offering guiding and outfitters to assist you trying
to achieve a trophy hunt experience.
In order to get here go over the Moffat Bridge across the Fraser
River from Quesnel to West Quesnel You then take Elliott Road north
towards Blackwater River and Bouchie Lake. At Bouchie Lake you can
either go north-west on Batnuni Road towards Pantage Lake and the
Blackwater River or west on the Nazko Highway to Nazko.
Lake Provincial Park
Once on the Nazko Highway about 40 km (25 miles) from Quesnel you'll
pass Puntchesakut Lake Provincial Park. Here you can find a day
use facility complete with a beautiful sandy beach, great swimming,
water skiing, fishing for trout, sunbathing plus kayaking and canoeing
Once past Puntchesakut Lake the Nazko Highway will come to Honolulu
Road which travels in a north-south direction. Marmot Lake and Nazko
will be towards the north with Nazko about 12 km (7 miles) away.
Towards the south on Honolulu Road at 21.5 km (13 miles) you'll
find the rock formation on the west side of the Nazko River called
'Indian Head', then further the Honolulu Campsite and Martin Meadow.
Situated at Marmot Lake is the Spehar Trading Post and Nazko Valley
Lodge. Located across from here is the Marmot Lake Community Campsite
operated by the Nazko Community Association. You can find some trout
fishing here with the best found in late spring and early fall.
Marmot Lake also has an old rustic forestry campground available
if you need it.
Chilcotin Tribal Council
The Nazko Valley is the traditional territory of the Carrier Chilcotin
Tribal Council. The Nazko Band have historically lived, hunted,
gathered and traded through out the area for thousands of years.
When explorer Alexander Mackenzie was looking for the Pacific Ocean
he relied on the Carrier First Nation guides to show him the route
along the trading route called the Nuxalk Carrier-Grease Trail.
There are a number of Nazko First nation reserves around Nazko with
the main community being at Nazko Indian Reserve #20. Many of the
band members work throughout the area with forestry related activities
having the highest employment.
If you're prepared for a little more adventurous trip try the Blackwater
Road West north of Nazko. The route eventually travels north-west
travelling crossing access points of the original Alexander Mackenzie
Heritage Trail/Nuxalk Carrier-Grease Trail. You can eventually either
travel north on forest service roads to Vanderhoof
or Baldy Hughes south of Prince
George from here.
Nations Store and Lodge
If you do make it to Nazko and want to stay the night there is the
Three Nations Sore and Lodge. The lodge features some cabins, full
service restaurant, general store that includes fishing licenses
and tackle shop, laundromat, RV sites with electricity, hookups,
available gas and diesel fuel. Please telephone the Three nations
Store and Lodge at (250) 249-0278 for more information.
Located just west of Nazko is Fishpot Lake Resort. Here you can
find another trout fishing lake called Fishpot Lake. The resort
also specializes in year round wilderness vacation destination with
nature trails, wildlife viewing hiking and trout fishing with fish
being caught around 1-2 kg. (3-5 lbs.).
While you are travelling on the backroads of Nazko please be aware
of active logging that will be going on. The Nazko section of the
Quesnel Timber Supply Area has been one of the hardest hit areas
of the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. The Ministry of Forests
and Nazko First Nations have signed a partnership to help harvest
the affected trees so there will be lots of logging activity.
Nazko sits near an area of high volcanic geological formations called
the Anahim Volcanic Belt. One area called the Nazko Cone is situated
right near Nazko and features various volcanic remains. One area
the Klara property has been mined for pumice by Lightweight Advanced
Volcanic Aggregates Inc. of Aldergrove.
If you are out enjoying the outdoors remember there are bears and
cougars throughout all of British Columbia and Nazko is no exception.
Please practise and use habits like controlling your animals, watch
you're kids and utilize 'bear aware' and cougar encounter safety