is situated 252 km (151 miles) north of Meziadan Junction and 65
km (40 miles) south of Dease Lake on
Iskut is located just north of Eddontenajon Lake on the northern
end of the Iskut Lake chain. Iskut is also located right between
two of British Columbia's most remote recreation areas, Mt Ediza
Park and Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Park.
Iskut is a small community made up mostly of the Tahltan Nation.
Services are limited to the Kluachon Centre general store and the
infrastructure servicing the native people.
This whole area is very remote. Automobile service is very limited
with Tatogga Lake Resort being your best choice. Expect to see lots
of wildlife both on and off the roads. The road travelling north
between Bob Quinn Lake and Kinaskan Provincial Park travels through
an old forest fire burn called the Burrage Burn.
The Burrage Burn, which happened in 1958 from lightning, created
enormous huckleberry bushes attracting large populations of grizzly
bears and other animals near the road.
The park at Kinaskan Lake is a great spot at which to relax. The
fishing for rainbow trout is both good in Kinaskan Lake and in the
Iskut River which is close by. The Iskut River at this point meanders
through a small chain of lakes creating a great canoe or kayak circuit
into Natadesleen Lake.
Lake and Cascade Falls
The trip is very nice especially so if go to the southwest side
of Natadesleen Lake. At this point there is an overgrown hike that
follows the river. Take care on this hike as it follows steep terrain
into old volcanic rock formations. Eventually the Iskut River cascades
over the rocks creating a spectacular waterfall called Cascade Falls.
This trip is quite rough and please be aware that there are lots
of wildlife in the area including bears.
If you're going into Mt. Edziza there are a few trails that start
at Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park. Otherwise, there are numerous
guides that work in the Iskut area with trips ranging from hiking,
horseback trail rides and float planes to riding in helicopters.
There are some small huts up in Mt. Ediza area but please be well
prepared as Mt. Edziza is very sparse.
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Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Iskut,
please remember this is bear country as is the rest of BC. Try to
avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel
comfortable with bears around. There is also the possibilities of
encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe and practice
good outdoor wildlife procedures.