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Tatla Lake
Tatla Lake is located 224 km (140 miles) west of Williams Lake and 92 km (36 miles) east of Anahim Lake on Hwy 20, 'The Freedom Highway.'

Chilcotin Plateau
Tatla Lake is a small community situated in the heart of the picturesque Chilcotin Plateau. It is comprised of a general store with some automotive services, a small library, nursing clinic, RCMP, school, motel and restaurant, all situated conveniently next to Hwy 20.

West Chilcotin Trading Ltd.
The West Chilcotin Trading Ltd. store provides the information hub for the community. Besides the grocery section of the store, there is a post office, some hardware, fuel available as well as a full-time mechanic if your vehicle requires mechanical or tire repairs from driving on Hwy 20 or the backroads in getting here.

Tatla Lake Gymkhana
The main celebration that takes place in Tatla Lake is on the 3rd weekend of June - the Tatla Lake Gymkhana. This event brings the whole community together for this social and festive gathering. Events at the Gymkhana include a parade, food concessions, chili dinner, prizes for best costumes, a helicopter ride raffle and the cowboy church on Sunday. Free camping is also available if you require it.

The Graham Inn
For refreshments or something to eat in Tatla Lake, try and visit the world-famous Graham Inn. The Graham Inn, which is housed in a 1920's heritage home, specializes in freshly cooked pastries and home-style meals that are second to none. The Graham Inn also has a small grocery containing convenience items, fresh produce plus a liquor agency if you happen to be low on supplies.

Tatla Lake Manor
For other accommodations The Tatla Lake Manor is situated next door to the Graham Inn facing Hwy 20. Here you can find a motel featuring some recent room renovations and updated facilities. The Tatla Lake Manor offers family meals by reservation, games room, body sage and has high-speed Internet access available.

Guest Ranches
There are also a number of bed and breakfast operations located near Tatla Lake on some of the surrounding lakes especially south on Tatlayoko Lake Road. Included are Chilko Lake Resort, Chilko River Lodge & Guest Ranch and ½ Way Ranch. You can find Tatlayoka Lake Road just east of Tatla Lake right at the information map and kiosk.

Forest Service Recreation Sites
Besides the guest ranches and resorts, there are a number of Forest Service Recreational Sites off of Tatlayoko Lake Road. Some favourite sites are at Bluff, Horn and Sapeye Lakes, all featuring some good fishing and beautiful mountain and lake views.

Eagle Lake
For other places close to Tatla Lake for fishing and canoeing, there is also Eagle Lake which is towards the east of Tatla Hill. Eagle Lake, because of its larger size, is well-known in the Tatla Lake area for having large fish, lots of wildlife and a sandy beach. If you would like to stay for a few days, there is a resort called Eagle Lake Paradise along with a recreational site along the lake.

Homathko River-Tatlayoko Park
Located at the south end of Tatlayoko Lake is the wilderness area of Homathko River-Tatlayoko Park which was founded in the year 2000. The park contains valuable wildlife habitat for a variety of species including wetlands, coastal rainforests and migratory corridors running along the Coast Mountain Range.

Tatlayoko Lake
If you do come and visit Tatlayoko Lake, remember that dangers may be involved if boating on the lake. In the local native Tsilhqot'in language, the word, 'Tatlayoko' literally translated as 'lake of the big winds' and can prove to be quite dangerous if in open water. For windsurfers and kiteboarders though Tatlayoko Lake has become a destination point to try the famous winds that are always present.

Chilko Lake
For the more adventurous travellers Tatlayoko Lake Road eventually takes you to a turnoff to Chilko Lake and a rough 4x4 route to Tsuniah Lake and eventually to Nemaiah Valley. This route is very rough and you need to be prepared for the unexpected but it takes you through some incredible and remote country in Ts'il?os Provincial Park (pronounced 'sigh-loss') on Chilko Lake and the vast Brittany Triangle an area rich in wilderness and resources.

If you do happen to make it to Nemaiah Valley, try and do the circle route to Tatla Lake or continue on Hwy 20 to Williams Lake with a trip through Hanceville.

Information on Tatla Lake




Map of Tatla Lake
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West Chilcotin Trading Ltd.
West Chilcotin Trading Ltd.


The Graham Inn
The Graham Inn


Tatla Lake Manor
Tatla Lake Manor


Sapeye Lake
Sapeye Lake


Horn Lake
Horn Lake


Coast Mountain Range
Coast Mountain Range


Tatla Lake
Tatla Lake

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