What We Offer

The Ultimate Spot to Create a Legacy of Unforgettable Fishing Memories

Amenities

  • 4 log guest cabins (sleep 4-5)
  • All cabins have lake view, covered front porch, cozy wood stove & hot showers
  • Gated drive-in access for ultimate privacy in our untouched 600+ acres
  • Rowboats (trolling motors available)
  • Float tubes
  • Peddle Boat (4 person)
  • Kayaks (Adult & Kids)
  • 2 8’ x12’ floating platforms on Duebe Lake (great for fishing from a lawn chair, yoga & dancing on the lake!)
  • Large fire pit
  • Fish smoker
  • On-site ice machine
  • 550 thread count Egyptian cotton linens (often line dried) provided
  • Accommodations for 16
  • Overflow parking/tenting area by the creek
  • Central historic dining house/guest lounge with covered front deck

Our Lakes

Rioux Lake

This is the closest lake to Camp and therefore the center of the picturesque view from all of our cabins.  Commonly referred to by many of our regulars as “Old Faithful” because snagging anywhere from 30-50 trout a day on this lake is a common occurrence. 

Rioux Lake is named after Ed Rioux the French trapper that founded Camp as his main outpost in the late 1880s.  Rioux is a fairly shallow lake at 12-15’ deep and has a healthy amount of vegetation and lily pads as it gets later into the summer.  With an inward flowing water network and an outward flowing creek this lake has a convenient channel that runs through it’s middle from one end to the other.  Resulting in many wonderful hotspots to anchor your boat and pull a few dozen trout out of the water.  This lake is home to a very healthy and diverse bird population and also has a resident eagle or two with their nest perched high up over the lake in a massive conifer tree. 

“Old Faithful” and/or everyone’s favourite home water.  Some of our more skilled fishermen have compared fishing on Rioux Lake to, “fishing in a bathtub”  as it is almost too easy with too much action for an experienced fishermen looking to relax a little throughout the day too.

A fantastic lake to learn on and guarantee you’ll see some action!

Duebe Lake

Roughly a 10 minute walk from Camp, Duebe Lake is also many a fisherman’s favourite!  This is the perfect spot to catch a bunch of feisty trout after dinner and a breathtaking sunset while you’re at it.  Early morning fishing and sunrises are also quite spectacular out on Duebe as well.  Although still quite close to Camp, this lake has a very special tucked away, “honey hole” feel.

Duebe Lake has seen a few variations of spelling on maps over the years from Dubee to Dube to Duebe.  What we do know for sure is, it comes from the contraction of the last names Duwe and Bell (more on that here).  Much deeper than Rioux, some of the deepest spots in Duebe Lake are almost 50’ therefore making this a fantastic lake to take a dip in on those hot summer days. 

Much like Rioux Lake, there is a ton of action to be had on Duebe Lake.  Some of our regulars would say Duebe makes you work a bit harder for your catch but that may merely be because there’s often a few more loons sunbathing on this lake just waiting to steal your fish before you get it to the boat.  

A perfect lake for a day of fantastic fishing and/or play!

Other Lakes

Given the remote location of Camp there is also an abundance of lakes in the near vicinity.  With over half a dozen lakes that are within a 10-15 min drive from our gate and roughly 20+ for those willing to drive a half hour or so for an epic day of fishing.  Many of these lakes vary in size, some being smaller than the 2 we have behind our gate, some are very comparable to our lakes and there are also quite a few larger lakes.  Coldscaur Lake for instance is only 3km (1.8 miles) away from Camp and is a 3km long lake that just recently started hosting an annual one day fishing derby for locals.  The dining room at Camp has a great map on the wall that serves as a helpful tool for guests to plan which lake or lakes they will adventure to for the day.  Of course Bryan is always happy to give guests the latest tips on which lakes have been serving up the most action. 

The Fishing

Fishing is a great sport that provides a wonderful relaxing vacation for any age group. But whoever the fisher, and whatever the age, these beautiful fighting Kamloops and native rainbow trout are certainly an exciting catch. 

We fish over 20 lakes, varying in elevation from 4,000 to 4,800 feet. Fishing is therefore excellent from mid-May until October. The average-sized fish is from 12-18” up to 24” waiting for the lucky fisher.  

Spin cast or fly fish either way a 50+ day is a regular occurrence for anyone who likes to count.

When you’re up at Moose Camp, the hardest part of your day will be deciding which lake to discover and conquer!  With ample time around the breakfast table to quiz our regulars on where to go and what flies to bring along.  Dive into our in-house library of fly fishing books and local lake reports and fully immerse yourself in an exciting fishing getaway!

Some good choices for the fly fisher are the Tom Thumb, Careys, Doc Spratley, Dragonfly Nymph, Woolly Worm, and of course, your favourites. For trolling the #4 and #6 Mepps and all types of flatfish (the particularly good ones are the silver and black speckled, gold and fluorescent).

Rowboats and life jackets are provided as well as docks on our 2 private lakes (Rioux and Duebe).  Be it one of our lakes or one of the 20+ that surround us, most often you and your crew are the only humans to be seen on these untouched, serene freshwater hideaways.

Ultimate tranquility, breathtaking vistas and phenomenal fly fishing for as long as your schedule will let you stay!

Birding

Although we are nowhere near the bird experts we’d like to be, we do know Camp has repeatedly dazzled the eyes and ears of every bird enthusiast that has come through our gate, so much so that one guest “complained” the fishing was too busy and he didn’t have enough time for bird watching! His nephew who spent their whole trip manning both his and his uncle’s rod definitely thought the bird activity up here was a little much.

Camp is blessed to be home to a very large hummingbird population. This large charm of hummingbirds can go through 12 cups of hummingbird feed in less than 36hrs during the peak of their season! However that’s just the beginning, from large water fowl to small tree swallows, Camp is a mecca for bird activity. Sometimes even allowing for some fun interaction with the groups of Whisky Jacks (Gray Jays) that also call Camp home.  

Those are a few of our honourable mentions but here’s a short list of the many bird species spotted at Camp.

  • Blue Heron
  • Trumpeter Swans
  • Osprey
  • Northern Pygmy Owl
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Red-naped Sapsucker Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Gray Jay
  • Grouse (Spruce, Ruffed)
  • Ducks
  • Common Loons
  • White-winged crossbill
  • Varied Thrush
  • Western Sandpiper
  • White Throated Swift
  • Golden Crowned Kinglet
  • Red Breasted Nut Hatch
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Water Thrush
  • Yellow Rumped Warbler
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Dark Eyed Junco
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Common Redpoll
  • Purple Finch
  • Pine Siskin
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Red Winged Blackbird

Julie may even have a great story about playing “hide and seek” on the lake with the resident noble Bald Eagle that has a big beautiful nest way up high in a tree on the southwest shore of Rioux Lake.

Thank you to the multi-talented Brian Hampson for capturing this awesome series of photos and sharing them with us!  We are blessed to call Brian one of our regulars and we love that he’s a passionate kind of guy who loves his fishing AND capturing many of the special moments he enjoys up at Camp.  Check out his photo page to see more snaps of Camp and much more of his worldly travels!

Exploring / Wildlife Viewing

There is truly no shortage of land to explore in these untouched parts of interior BC’s back country. Surrounded by countless mountain lakes, there’s a new spot or lake to discover around every turn on these windy mountain roads. Camp is conveniently situated just outside the Wells Gray Provincial Park border allowing for relatively (less than 1hr drive) easy access to the often less visited but quite spectacular Mahood and Canim Falls featured in numerous publications like this one.

Less than a 15 minute drive from Camp we also have a lovely wonder of nature we call the rock bridge. One of a few in the area, this is a lesser known attraction that even some locals don’t know is there. A fun sight to see and possible adventure for those brave enough to cross to the other side. Our one piece of advice if you’re feeling courageous….Crawl don’t Walk!”

The more you explore and the longer your stay with us the better your chance of a wildlife sighting or 5.  Common animals to see, often when just driving down the surrounding roads are, Moose, Deer, and Bears. Bobcats or Lynxes, Cougars and Wolves are out there for the lucky few to see as well. The cutest of River Otters have been spotted in our creeks and lakes and Beavers are quite abundant in these parts too! We have a few resident Rabbits that seem to hang out every year and sometimes a Marmot that likes to frequent Camp. Squirrels and Chipmunks are quite present and are often entertaining to watch from the deck of one of the cabins.

We find the Moose especially enjoy our lakes and surrounding area and many guests have come to Camp hoping to see one with very few leaving without fulfilling that aspiration. There really is nothing like sitting in a boat on the lake and watching a Moose swim on by. The Moose definitely have their routes and strategically placed trail cameras offer no shortage of awesome close ups on these majestic beasts!

Yes, there actually is a reason we're called Moose Camp! 😉

Now what are you waiting for?
Fly on over here and come see for yourself!