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jcole
07-09-2010, 09:32 AM
Not many pictures as I was too busy relaxing.
I stopped in Chilliwack for some KFC, alcohol and a few things we forgot such as coffee grinds. If you have never tried KFC over an open fire, pick up a 10pc bucket of original recipe next time and bring it along. I don't like KFC, but I love KFC over the open fire. Just roast it like a hot dog and then once it's all toast, have at it.
Went through Hope, up the Coquihalla to ColdWater exit (just passed Larson Hill), crossed under the highway and headed north to Kane Valley, under the highway again and headed east to Aspen Grove (5a). North to the connector and then east again on the 97c to the turnoff for Pennask Lake (Sunset Lake turnoff). Going this way saves about an hour or more rather than going through Princeton, or Merritt and 100km. Fill up in Hope, and you should be able to make it back to Hope or Aldergrove on a tank of fuel, depending on your vehicle.
Kane Valley is a neat little stretch of dirt road. It's always freshly grated, and one could easily drive 60 - 80km/hour on it and stay smooth if one wanted. The local subaru and lancer clubs should hold some sort of a rally event on that road because even in a 200hp heavy Jeep, it was pretty fun.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/pennask_lk/
http://www.fishbc.com/adventure/explore/ok/pennask/pennask.htm
Anyone with a Topo Map, Backroads book or GPS with Garmin Topo shouldn't have a problem finding the place. I took a few wrong turns which stalled the process but ended up finding it ok without a GPS. The last few KM are rather bumpy. A fullsize Ford E350 van pulling a boat trailer made it in ok without a lift or big tires, just some All-Terrains. In the spring or fall, the puddles would be deep and long which may require 4x4 and an agressive All-terrain tire to get through.
A car would not make it, but an AWD car such as a subaru might, but the door seals better be in good shape.
The lake is over 1400m above sea level, so it was about 10*C colder than in Merritt. In the middle of the Summer is should be pretty comfortable, but a bit chilly at night. It's windy so the bugs werent bad at all. No repellant needed.
Just before the camp site, maybe 2 - 4 km before, there is some clear cutting with tons of lodgepole pines on the ground. This stuff burns slow but really well. Easy to start without fire starter. There should be no shortage of dry firewood for a long time.
If you fish, well, I saw and heard fish jumping all day and night. The splashing kept waking me up at around midnight.
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Metal Mulisha
07-09-2010, 09:35 AM
Nice story & write up. Looks very relaxing, i need a trip like that very soon.

4skin
07-09-2010, 09:55 AM
nice looking lake

Fuzzydog
07-09-2010, 10:27 AM
nice, thanks for sharing [cheers]

going to have to put that on my list of places to go

Honky
07-09-2010, 11:17 AM
Thanks for the story and pictures!! looks like a great place to spend some time!!

Explorer guy418
07-09-2010, 03:26 PM
that lake is awesome.. fishing is great.. however its fly only... how was the road... last time i was there the road had huge puddles in it and not really travel trailer friendly.. anywho nice pics dood!

jcole
07-09-2010, 04:20 PM
that lake is awesome.. fishing is great.. however its fly only... how was the road... last time i was there the road had huge puddles in it and not really travel trailer friendly.. anywho nice pics dood!

Are you sure it's fly only ? I didn't see anyone flyfishing. I'm on an iPhone so I can't check the government page but I don't recall seeing it mentioned there either.

The road was decent. It didn't require 4wd and people were pulling aluminum boats in. The puddles were about 1.5' deep, but even if they were 3' deep, the bottom was hard, not muddy so traction was fine. Any pickup or suV should have no problem.

Explorer guy418
07-09-2010, 05:51 PM
well u can troll a fly... but as far as i know its fly only. my dad used to fish there years ago... and wen i was there i seen a sign fly only.. i could be totally wrong. ...

Explorer guy418
07-09-2010, 05:52 PM
says there... ''Fishing Report: Pennask is a fly only lake that supports a very good small Rainbow fishery. Fishing is consistent throughout the season for trout to 1-1/2 lbs. Considered an excellent family lake Pennask offers both great camping and fishing.
Be sure to visit Fishbc.com (http://www.fishbc.com/adventure/angling/index.html) for angling information! ''

http://www.fishbc.com/adventure/explore/ok/pennask/pennask.htm

fredyfingers
07-10-2010, 11:40 AM
nice story & the lake looks awsome and relaxing[36]

TWOZEROFOUR
07-10-2010, 04:26 PM
my old stomping grounds, just south of there, opp. way on sunset there is killer wheeln and chains of lakes [36]