Laidman Lake BC
Fawnie Mountain Hunts is based at Laidman Lake BC in the north east portion of BC’s vast Chilcotin Plateau. The area has a long history of outfitting and “frontier” cattle operations. Our guiding territory is roughly 1500 square miles and encompasses the Fawnie Mountain Range, Entiako Park Protected area, and portions of Tweedsmuir Park. While our main Lodge is reached by road, a large portion of our guide territory can only be accessed by airplane.
The area hosts an array of wildlife with good populations of moose, bears (black and grizzly), caribou, wolves, and numerous other fur bearing animal species. Fishing in the area can be excellent with a healthy population of Rainbow Trout that are renowned for their fighting ability and flavor.
What you will need to know
Clients flying to BC to hunt or stay at the Lodge at Laidman Lake pass through Prince George BC. Prince George is BC’s “Northern Capital” with many services and is home to our meat cutter, taxidermist, and various other vendors.
Prince George is serviced by several airlines, including Air Canada and Westjet. There are up to 14 flights a day from Vancouver, Calgary, or Edmonton, making scheduling a flight to Prince George and back very easy. See the link for Airline information.
Hunters must arrive in Prince George the day before their hunt starts. Here they will find good hotels for their overnight stay and many excellent restaurants and a craft brewery. See the links for recommended hotels in Prince George.
Our staff will pick up clients from their hotel early on the first day of the hunt and drive them to the Lodge at Laidman Lake in time for an evening hunt. The drive takes approximately 4 hours with a good portion of it on gravel roads.
Hunters will leave the Lodge at Laidman Lake after the morning hunt on the last day of their hunt. Our staff will drive clients to hotels in Prince George where clients will spend the night before catching flights home the next morning.
If you are driving to the Lodge at Laidman Lake from Prince George, see driving directions below. Drivers are free to arrive and depart the Lodge at Laidman Lake at their convenience but are asked to advise us if they plan on arriving late. We want to be sure to have the coffee on for you!
Drivers are warned that the road to Laidman Lake is an active logging road. Drivers coming into the lodge must use pull outs and yield to oncoming traffic. Road conditions vary and while four wheel drive is not usually needed, it’s recommended. Drivers are also reminded to ensure that they have sufficient fuel for the return trip and any contingencies. Fuel is only available at Laidman Lake under emergency situations.
Sandman Hotel and Suites
2990 Recplace Drive
Prince George, BC V2N 0B2
Prestige Inn Treasure Cove Casino
Prince George, BC V2L 4N1
Four Points by Sheraton
Prince George, BC V2L 5L3
444 George St.
Prince George, BC V2L 1R6
1458 7 Ave.
Prince George, BC V2L 3P2
The Carmel Inn
Prince George, BC V2L 529
How to get to the Lodge
Total driving time from Vanderhoof can be as much as 3 hours depending on road conditions and traffic.
- From Prince George take Highway 16 West to the town of Vanderhoof.
- From Hwy 16 In Vanderhoof, turn left onto Nechako Ave.. (The road will change names to Kenny Dam Road). Riches Saw Sales shop is on the left where you turn onto Nechako Ave./Kenny Dam Road. There’s a large green overhead Highway Sign showing the left turn onto the Kenny Dam Road just before you reach the saw shop.
- Stay on the Kenny Dam road for about 25 km (about 15.5 miles).
- The Road makes a couple of 90 degree turns in the first few kilometres, the first is to the left and the next to the right. Don’t go straight at the second 90 degree turn. (If you find yourself on Lakes Road at this point, you missed the turn.)
- Keep going through the Stoney Indian Reserve and past some lakes, hay meadows and ranches. The road turns to gravel several kilometres past the reserve. Continue on until you come to an intersection of another main gravel road. This is the Kluskus Forest Service Road.
- Turn left onto the Kluskus Forest Service Road. You will see a large pull out and information sign on the right once you are on the Kluskus. Radio Frequencies are posted on the sign for vehicles equipped with two way radios or scanners and the sign has map and other useful information for road users.
- Stay on the Kluskus until you reach the 156 km sign (signs are set out every 2 km along the Kluskus so it’s easy to keep track of how far along you are).
- Turn right at the 156 km sign.
- Continue on the well travelled portion of the road. You will cross a bridge and see the airstrip on the right part way along the road.
- Take the next right turn onto a bridge (at about the time the big green shop comes into view.) This will bring you into the lodge yard.
Note that the Kluskus Road is an active logging road and you will encounter loaded logging trucks. It is safest to get behind an empty logging truck going up the road and follow them. Pull over when they do. The trucks have radios and they will advise other trucks that you are on the road however it’s up to you to stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. The oncoming traffic has the right of way.