Lake is located 160 km (100 miles) west of Prince
George or 570 km (356 miles) east of Prince
Rupert on the Yellowhead Hwy 16.
Fraser Lake is a small community whose major employers are the Fraser
Lake Sawmill, Endako Molybdenum Mine and the Canadian National Railway
bunkhouse located east at Endako. The village gets its name and
is situated on the southwest side of Fraser Lake.
Around the Fraser Lake area, there are approximately 170 lakes in
an 80 km (50 mile) radius. Flowing between the lakes are slow meandering
streams providing nesting and feeding areas for a large migrating
Capital of the World'
A large number of Trumpeter Swans reside at Fraser Lake. The village
is referred to as the 'Swan Capital of the World.' A popular spot
to view birds is at White Swan Park - a day-use facility located
right in the village close to the lake.
Fraser Lake is about 18 km (11 miles) long. It is fed water from
the west by the Stellako River. The Stellako River flows from a
very large lake close by called Francois Lake. Francois Lake is
about 125 km (78 miles) long.
For a good view of Fraser Lake, take the trail up Mouse Mountain
located on the east side of the village.
Columbia's shortest river
On the east side of Fraser Lake is the Nautley River. The Nautley
drains the lake into the Nechako River. At .8 km (.5 mile) long,
the Nautley River has the distinction as British Columbia's shortest
Occasionally, you can spot large numbers of Trumpeter Swans feeding
here. Take the Beaumont Provincial Park exit on Hwy. 16, just west
of Fort Fraser, to access the Nautley River.
If you like sandy beaches and great swimming, try this park. Complete
with campground and a boat launch, Beaumont
Provincial Park is an excellent spot to either have a highway
break or stay the night.
If you enjoy bird watching and seeing wildlife, there are some great
trails in the area. Use the Beaumont boat launch and view the native
pictographs located on the granite face, close by at Nautley Village.
For a great view of the lake, go up 1,053 m (3,455 ft.) high Fraser
Mountain. The trail entrance is between Pipers Glens Resort and
the Beaumont exit, on Hwy. 16 east towards Fort
Take the Beaumont turnoff and carry on that road to about halfway.
Here you can find a great sandy beach with a concrete pad boat launch.
There is a 10 km (6 miles) hiking trail through Ormond Creek Canyon
to Ormond and Oona Lakes. For rustic camping you can try Peterson's
Beach on the north side of the lake.
Hike up Red Rock, Table Mountain or Red Bluff a columnar basalt
outcropping located on the north west side of the lake. Take the
road at Stellaque and drive five to ten minutes for the trail.
Dam and Cheslatta Falls
a trip to Kenny Dam and Cheslatta Falls. You need to drive on the
Holy-Cross F.S.R. located at Lejac which is halfway between Beaumont
Park and the village of Fraser Lake. You will have to use this road
only on the weekend because there is high logging truck activity
during the week; it is about 59 km (37 miles) to the falls. Stay
at the campsite located near the Spillway.
Service Recreation Site at Cheslatta
There is a small walk-in, walk-out Forest Service campsite located
here. It's about 1.5 km (1 mile) up from the 18 m (59 ft.) high
Cheslatta Falls The trail is quite steep and you have to be very
careful but the trail is incredible as it traverses through forest
Kenny Dam is very interesting. At one time, this was the world's
largest earth-filled dam. Built for Alcan Works at Kitimat,
it has a very large reservoir for exploring, boating, fishing and
Alcan Spillway campsite is quite large with a boat launch capable
of handling larger boats. The campsite is free and is first-come,
first-served with no reservations available.