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.'
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.
Lake General Store
The Tatla Lake General 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
on Tatla Lake