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A Hidden Gem with a Boatload of History

Truth be told you’ve always kind of needed to “know someone” to get an invite to Camp.  Fishermen often like to keep their favorite hidden honey holes a secret and the Moose Camp guests are no different. That being said, both our lakes are mentioned in Steve Raymond’s Kamloops book.  A common recommended read for those wanting to explore BC’s fishing meccas. 

North or Little Fort, Highway 5 continues about 34 kilometers (21 miles) to the town of Clearwater, where a logging road extends northwest another 34 kilometers (21miles) to Rioux, Dubee and Coldscaur and other lakes. Moose Camp, a fishing resort on Rioux Lake, provides facilities.  The road is good except the last mile to camp, which requires a 4×4.
Rioux and adjacent Dubee are at an elevation of 1425 meters, (4,675 feet) with a combined surface area of 30 hectares (74 acres).  Coldscaur covers 35 hectares (86 acres).  These lakes are part of the Canimred Creek drainage, a tributary of giant Canim Lake.  They owe their trout populations to one Herbie McNeil, a Michigan native who worked as a Cariboo freight hauler before he homesteaded at the east end of Canim Lake and ran a trap line along Canimred Creek.  In 1935 McNeil and his brother caught some trout in the lower creek, kept them alive in buckets of water and hauled them above a waterfall that historically had kept trout from gaining access to the upper reaches of the creek.  The trout were released, and from that initial stocking they spread throughout the drainage and into several lakes, including Rioux.  
Ralph Bell, a judge in Everett, Washington, was from the same town in Michigan that had been McNeil’s home.  In 1946 Bell and his son, Lew, along with George Duwe and his son, Sam, traveled to the area and found wonderful fishing in Rioux and Coldscaur Lakes.  But the small unnamed lake just north of Rioux still was barren of fish, so they caught some trout and released them into the lake.  They named the lake Dube, a contraction of the names Duwe and Bell.  Over the years common usage has added a second “e,” accounting for the present name of Dubee.
The late Lew Bell recalled that they returned each year for the next decade, restocking Dubee Lake each year (there are no tributary streams suitable for spawning).  Other trout caught in Rioux Lake were placed in cans full of water and carried on horseback to other barren lakes in the area, where they were released.  Some of these plantings were successful and others were not, but in this way fish were introduced to the lakes now served by Moose Camp.  These waters provide fishing for trout up to 4 ½ pounds, though most are smaller.

Steve Raymond – “Kamloops: An Angler’s Study of the Kamloops Trout”

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In the Media

Given our close proximity to the well known, interior BC’s “Fishing Highway” (Highway 24) we are also located within the Land of Hidden Waters region and therefore have been mentioned in their article titled “11 Fishing Camps to Experience Reel Adventure This Year”  We also had the pleasure of hosting an adventurous photographer by the name of Carsten Arnold who included Camp as one of his numerous stops along his 10 week journey to the Canadian Arctic and Alaska.  

Here’s a look at Camp form Carstens perspective.

Here’s the fantastic promo video he created!