The Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lake boating system is located in north central British Columbia and comprises nearly 300 km of waterway. These long, narrow lakes are among the region’s most significant recreational features.
The lakes offer great sports fishing opportunities for rainbow and lake trout, burbot, kokanee, and mountain whitefish. The chain is also part of the longest migration route of chinook and sockeye salmon in British Columbia. With more than 630 km of lakeshore to explore, few developed facilities, and sparse levels of use, this chain of lakes provides a remote wilderness experience. A series of small parks have been established along the system providing protected anchorages or attractive beaches. No facilities have been developed at these sites.
Stuart Lake, one of the largest lakes in the province at 90 km long, is the southernmost lake of the chain. The community of Fort St. James is located on the southeast end of the lake. The main body of the lake is between 6 to 10 km wide and is road accessible at many locations. The northwest arm of the lake is narrower, has limited road access, and more of a wilderness feel. This portion of the lake is very scenic with numerous bays, points, and islands. There are four marine park sites on Stuart Lake and two provincial campgrounds.
The Tachie River connects Stuart Lake to Trembleur Lake. The 26 km of river can be a challenge to navigate with fast water and small rapids. Trembleur Lake is almost 50 km long. It has an irregular shoreline with sheltered bays and coves, and a scenic wilderness setting. There is one marine park site on Trembleur Lake.
The Middle River flows from Takla Lake into Trembleur Lake. The river, designated as a Provincial Heritage River, is 22 km long and navigable. At 96 km in length, Takla is the fifth largest lake in the province. Almost 250 km of undisturbed shoreline with sandy beaches and isolated bays are available to explore. There are three marine park sites on Takla Lake. There is sporadic road access on the east side of the lake.
Limited facilities are available at the village of Takla Landing which is located 40 km north of Takla Narrows.
Takla Lake Marine Provincial Park consists of three sites on Takla Lake protected as part of the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lakes boating system. These sites provide no facilities but may offer protected anchorages or sandy beaches.
From the mouth of the Middle River at the south end, the ‘Y’ shaped lake is nearly 100 km in length, making it one of the largest lakes in the province. The Northwest Arm is 40 km long; the maximum depth of Takla Lake is 287 metres. Almost 250 km of undisturbed shoreline with sandy beaches and isolated bays are available to explore. Wildlife viewing, boating, hunting, and angling are popular pursuits in the area. There is sporadic road access on the east side of the lake.
NTS map references:
- Stuart Lake – 93K/7, 93K/8, 93K/9, 93K/10, 93K/11
- Tachie River – 93K/10 & 93K/15
- Trembleur Lake – 93K14 & 93K/15
- Middle River – 93K/14
- Takla Lake – 93M/1, 93M/8, 93M/9, 93N/3, 93N/4, 93N
Sandy Point Site – 550 hectares (beautiful sandy spit)
White Bluff Site – 349 hectares (very well-protected bay; small patches of sandy beach)
Takla West Site – 31 hectares (long sandy beach)
Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Practice “ Leave No Trace” camping; choose a camp spot that will do the least damage to vegetation; do not damage live vegetation; if you pack it in, pack it out; dispose of personal waste or waste water at least 100 metres from the lake or any creek.
Popular sport fish include dolly varden, rainbow trout, lake trout (char), kokanee, and freshwater ling cod (burbot). Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Refer to the current BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for specific catch quotas and regulations; the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla chain of waterways is in Region 7 (Omineca-Peace) – Zone A.
Cycling is permitted and must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Takla Lake Marine Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
Sandy Point on the north side of the lake approximately 12 km northwest of Middle River and 6 km southeast of Takla Narrows; UTM Zone 10: 330000E – 6111500N (NTS map reference: 93N/4).
White Bluff on the east side of the main arm about 48 km north of Takla Narrows; UTM Zone 9: 686250E – 6157500N (NTS map reference: 93M/9).
Takla West on the west side of the main arm about 56 km north of Takla Narrows; UTM Zone 9: 682500E – 6162500N (NTS map reference: 93M/9).
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.