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Stellako River - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: September 2004
Nearest City: Prince George, BC, Canada
Difficulty: Moderate
Submitted by: mfeagan


The Stellako River is a unique 9 kilometer river drains Francois Lake into Fraser Lake. Considered by many to be a world-class fly fishing river (other types of fishing are prohibited), it is also a terrific paddling day trip. Although I've done the river several times, this particular trip was most impressive because of the fact that the sockeye salmon were spawning. Imagine a pristine river, perfect blue-bird sky, soaring eagles and ospreys, class II-II+ whitewater (with one class IV falls to portage), and literally thousands of salmon swimming upstream -- AMAZING!! Not to mention good friends and good fishing (the salmon actually don't bite much this time of year here, but the rainbow trout sure do). The character of the river is quite canyon-like, and the whitewater is kind of pool-drop pool drop, with the last drop before the falls being the II+ part (where you must avoid the hole on river right). I've also done it in high water (June) and where it's much less bony, but larger standing waves and faster water.


Francois Lake has numerous cabins.


Fishing licenses if you intend on dropping a line.


About 1.5 hours west of Prince George on Highway 16.


I would highly recommend the Northwest Paddling Brigade's Guidebook of the area - an excellent resource for anyone curious about what paddling around Prince George is like.

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