Beattie Lake – Backpacking/Fishing Tour
Join us for a 5-day adventure into the Sikanni River valley nestled in the Canadian Northern Rockies. 3-Hours North of Fort St. John, BC. We’ll be arriving at the Ranch for the first night where we will be treated by a home cooked meal, a comfy bed, and a delicious breakfast to kick start our trek into Beattie Lake.
We’ll boat across the Sikanni River after breakfast to start our trek into Beattie Lake. It’s roughly a 3-hour walk in to lake. We’ll hike to the cabin where boats, a generator, and propane with a stove in the cabin will be included. A perfect hide out from the rain if needed and a place to keep your gear dry. We’ll be backpacking our own gear in, tents, food, etc.. 2 whole days will be spent hiking and fishing as much as we can and want to. The last day July 10 we will start our trek out to the Ranch where they will have the boat waiting for us to cross the river that day and start our way home.
1-Night Stay at Sikanni River Ranch with dinner & breakfast included by cook.
3-Night Stay at Beattie Lake Cabins. Boats, generator, propane, and stove included. Cabin will be provided to keep gear and food out of tents.
Fishing a world class lake for rainbow trout. Must have BC Fishing License.
Guided day hike out of Beattie Lake.
Transportation from gate to Ranch. Vehicles will be parked outside the gate.
Gear rentals available if needed! Separate from fee.
Transportation: Transportation will not be provided to the trailhead by Northern Rockies Fitness, but in an initiative to reduce congestion at the trailhead parking area, we will help organize carpooling if needed.
Meet at Fort St. John, BC at 9:00 AM Visitor Centre at 9:00 AM to drive to trailhead together.
Trust me, it’s much more than casting a fishing line in the water.
WHAT TO PACK?
- Over Night Backpack with rain cover (50-70L)
- Backpacking tent – Tent with fly and pegs (Can be shared between 2 or 3 people if needed)
- Sleeping Bag (with stuff sack/drybag) (+5° C to -20°C, depending on your comfort level, sleeping bag should be lightweight and pack down small)
- Sleeping pad/Thermarest
- Headlamp (Extra battery) (the flashlight on your smartphone is not an acceptable substitute)
- Trekking Poles
FOOD & WATER
- Water bottle
- Water purification tablets (Aqua tabs) or water filtration system. Water is clean if you don’t want to bring them but if you’re on the fence bring some.
- Food – Reminder to always bring an extra meal for a day’s worth for emergencies.
- Hydration Bladder
Backcountry Kitchen – Propane stove is provided.
- Jet boil/Backpacking stove
- Dishes/Bowls – Most meals that are freeze dried you can eat out of the package.
- Light weight pot – If your meals need to be cooked. Jet boils are great for adding boiling water. Always check your dehydrated/freeze dried meals for instructions.
- Biodegradable soap
- Small quick-dry towel
- Bag for garbage – Remember to pack out what you pack in.
CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR
- River crossing shoes – Evening shoes (Holey Soles (strap), lightweight sandals (strap) or lightweight runners)
- Gaiters – (for rainy, snowy or muddy conditions)
- Hiking Boots
- Toque & Mitts
- Warm wool or synthetic socks
- Long underwear top and bottoms (synthetic or merino wool – these are good for an extra layer of warmth, and also used for sleeping in.)
- Wind/waterproof shell for top and bottom. Rain Gear.
- Fleece or another synthetic jackets/sweater. (Insulation layer)
- Shirt/Pants for hiking in. (quick drying, breathable fabric)
- Long sleeve. Great for sun protection.
- Shorts – Optional
- Satellite Messenger – Inreach/Spot
EMERGENCY & FIRST AID
- First Aid Kit
- Blister Care
- Fire Starter
- Bear spray
- Lighter/Waterproof matches
- Let a friend know you’re going on a trip.
- Emergency Blanket
Health & Hygiene
- Hand Sanitizer
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Toilet Paper/Wipes – Try and get the biodegradable – Camper brand
- Prescription Medications
- Prescription Glasses
- Sun Protection
- Lip Balm
- Sun hat
- Insect Repellent
Tools & Repair Kit
- Knife or Multi-tool
- Repair Kit
- Duct Tape strips – I put a couple wraps around my poles.
- Power Bank to charge electronics & cord.
- Credit card and/or cash
- Car keys
- Cell phone
- Change of clothes waiting for you in the car.
Day 1 - July 6, 2023
- 3:00 PM
- Transportation from the gate to the ranch.
- Provided by Sikanni River Outfitters.
- 6:00 PM
- Sikanni River Ranch.
Day 2- July 7, 2023
- 8:30 AM
- 10:00 AM
- Transportation across the Sikanni River.
- Boat provided.
- Make our way into Beattie Lake.
- Approximately 3 hour walk in.
Day 3/4 - July 8-9, 2023
- Fishing & Day hiking.
- Cabin, generator, propane, stove, and boat included.
Day 5 - July 10, 2023
- 9:00 AM
- Hike out of Beattie Lake to Sikanni River.
- We will be transported across the river then transferred to our vehicles after.