Nazko Lake


Nazko Lake Park has a small chain of lakes and it provides a two-to-four-day wilderness canoe circuit. Roughly 20 km of lakes and portages.

  • Deerpelt Lake – is a small lake that is in the Nazko Lake Canoe Chain. You will be able to find a steep canoe launch from the campsite to the lake. To get to Nazko Lake there is a very narrow access road along one side of Deerpelt Lake. A recomendation to access the canoe chain is for canoeists to park at Deerpelt Lake. A 50-75 m portage leads from Deerpelt Lake to Nazko Lake.
  • Nazko Lake – This is one of the most popular lakes. Power boats are allowed on Nazko Lake. There are wetlands at either end of Nazko Lake where bald eagles can be sighted. An 800 m portage (the longest portage on the chain) leads from Nazko Lake to Tanilkul Lake.
  • Tanilkul Lake – Aprox. 5 km long, Tanilkul Lake is the longest lake on the chain, and quite beautiful with abundance of wildlife viewing opportunities. It has a short 20 m portage leads from Tanilkul Lake to a small unnamed lake and a 200 m portage leads from the unnamed lake to Nastachi Lake.
  • Nastachi Lake – A 3.5 km shallow lake, but it has lots of vegetation that can make the paddling difficult. It has a 300 m portage leads from Nastachi Lake to Tzazati Lake.
  • Tzazati Lake – A 3 km long lake.
  • Tchusiniltil Lake – This one is the last section of the canoe chain, approximately 7 km in length, and has a portage on the river. The slow current of this narrow river makes canoeing easy.

Photo by: Tom Chashchowy (Instagram: t_one_drop)

Video by: Kent Simmonds


  • Summit and Loomis Lakes are not connected to the canoe chain. 
  • Route includes six lakes (Deerpelt Lake, Nazko Lake, Tanilkul Lake, Nastachi Lake, Tzazati Lake, and Tchusiniltil Lake) 
  • 4 campsites on the canoe chain (1 Nazko Lake, 2 on Tanikul Lake and 1 Tzazati Lake) 

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