Heffley Lake, British Columbia

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Heffley Lake
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Location: Located 44 km. (27 miles) northeast of the city of Kamloops. From Kamloops travel north on Hwy #5 (Yellowhead Hwy.) for 14 miles. Turn off at the Sun Peaks Ski Resort exit and stay on this road (Heffley Louis Creek Road) for 13 miles.

Size 223 ha. 550 ac. 7.2 km. (4.5 miles) long Shoal west end of the lake
Mean Depth 6 to 20 meters deep (20 to 60 feet) Max. Depth 27 meters (90 feet)
Game Fish Kamloops Rainbow Trout Fish Stocked Stocking 8,000 in the Spring.
Angler Usage Moderate to Heavy Elevation 945 meters (3,100 feet)
Ice Over Mid December to late April T.D.S. n/a

Resorts & Campsites: There are two resorts, both at the eastern end of the lake. One is on the south side near the road, the other on the north. There is also a BCFS camp site on the north side.

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Fishing Report: There are beautiful shoals and shoal bays which offer excellent fly fishing. The inlet creek is at the east end, (it is also the spawning channel for the trout) with an outlet and an irrigation dam at the extreme western end of the lake.

There is a large shallow area at the western end of the lake with an average depth of less than 20 feet where weed beds provide habitat and shelter for fish and insect alike. Various Nymph patterns, Leech and Blood Worm can be very successful when used in this area. To the east of this shallow area, there is an abrupt drop off which allows the fish to stay in the deep cold water rising to take an appealing insect or lure.

Chironomid fishing in June can be very exciting and there is one area known as the “Twin Bays” where the fly is particularly productive. Heffley Lake offers bays, weed beds, shoals with marl bottoms and submerged islands to test an anglers ability to “match the hatch”.

Fly fishing is not the only way to tackle with one of this lake's wily Rainbows. They can be enticed by trolling fly patterns, (Shrimp, Doc Spratleys, Damsel or Dragon Flies) or using light weight spin gear with Hot Shots or Flatfish. Good ol' troll with worm can also be productive particularly during the late summer.

Development on the lake is concentrated on the North shore. The south side with the exception of one of the resorts is virtually untouched and offers an opportunity for some excellent wildlife viewing. The lake is home to Bald Eagles, Osprey and Golden Eagles who summer in the Interior to rear their young.

Other varieties of water birds such as Loons, Golden Eyes, Buffle Head, Red Necked Grebe, Canada Geese and Mallard are also summer residents on Heffley. Moose, Deer and Muskrat also make for interesting viewing.
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Nearby Lakes

Little Heffley, Sullivan, Badger, Community.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.


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Heffley Lake, British Columbia