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Tunkwa/Leighton lake

Tunkwa Lake , one of British Columbia's premier fly fishing destinations. Picturesque Tunkwa Lake is world famous for it's extra large Kamloops Rainbow trout. And, because of the abundance and size of these trout, Tunkwa Lake was chosen as a venue lake for the 1993 World Fly Fishing Championships.

Located in the sunny southern interior Thompson Nicola region of British Columbia, a short drive from Kamloops and Logan Lake, and only a 3-hour drive from Vancouver, BC,

There are numerous other good fishing lakes in the area. The closest (only a five-minute drive) is Leighton Lake with fish up to six pounds. This lake has some restrictions: single barbless hook, bait ban, 10-hp motors and a two fish limit.

The best thing about these lakes is the riding. Leighton Lake has great campsites. At the far end of the campsite is a large tree covered corral for your equine friends.

JULY 20TH 2008 - 10 corrals were added to this campsite. Thanks to the Kamloops Chapter of Back Country Horsemen BC. (picture below of new corrals)

How to Find Campsite:

From Vancouver, B.C. take Hwy #1 to Hope, then Hwy #5 (the Coquihalla) to the Logan Lake/Lac Le Jeune Exit #336. Head west to the town of Logan Lake, go through town and turn right at Tunkwa Lake Road. Continue for 15 km (9 mi) and follow the signs. Approximate driving time is 3 to 4 hours from Vancouver to get to the horse campsite go past Tunkwa lake resort up the gravel road to Leighton Lake.


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