Diamond McClellan was a premier Cariboo Hunting and Fishing Lodge back in the days when guys like Clark Gable and Frank Sinatra actually made it out to the Cariboo. They both fished and hunted from this place.
The 4.2-acre property sits right on the shores of Quesnel Lake on a paved road in the Village of Likely. Surrounded with lots of Forrest and Mountains you buy a property with lots of history.
All buildings are in an outstanding shape and the peaceful setting is just beautiful. You are on the shores of Quesnel Lake which is British Columbia's best fishing freshwater fishing grounds. Several other Lakes and Rivers, including Quesnel river, Cariboo River, and Mitchell River are at your doorstep.
The Property offers a nice log buildings with accommodation for 12 people which includes dining and kitchen area. 2 cabins, a workshop and several other outbuildings are on the property as well.
Likely is surrounded by Mountains and Forest. There is a high Mountain Road which is used by tourists and bus charters for Round trips to historic Barkerville.
The area provides private trails for horseback, hiking, snowmobiling, four wheeling, off-roading. Not to mention the World biggest Fjord Lake in front of the property which invites all kind of watersport including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and more.
This would be an ideal location/facility for a wedding lodge or any other event focussed accommodation.
Bring the famous history of this place back to life and ride into a bright future.
Likely is a community in British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the Cariboo region of the province, and is situated where the west arm of Quesnel Lakeempties into the Quesnel River. Roads from Likely lead southwest to Williams Lake, northwest to Quesnel, south to Horsefly, and north to Barkerville. Likely is in the Quesnel Highland, a transition zone between the Cariboo Plateau and the Cariboo Mountains.
Likely is one of the few remaining Cariboo Gold Rush settlements. Likely was originally called Quesnel Dam. The name was changed to honour John A. Likely of the Bullion Pit Mine, who was affectionately called "Plato" for his tendency to philosophise.
The Quesnel River was dammed near Likely in 1898 to enable downriver areas to be explored for gold. One such site became the Bullion Pit mine, which operated from 1892 to 1942. In 1935, this mine became the site of the largest hydraulic monitors ever installed in North America. (Hydraulic monitors are high-pressure and high-volume water nozzles used to wash down large volumes of gold bearing gravel during Placer Mining. Over 64 kilometres of canals were constructed to draw water from nearby lakes and creeks to feed the hydraulic nozzles, which used more water each day than the entire city of Vancouver did at the time. Today, the Bullion Pit stands as an astonishing man-made canyon measuring 3 kilometres long by 400 feet (120 m) deep. It displaced 12,000,000 cubic yards (9,200,000 m3) of gravel.
Bactrian camels were used as pack animals during the Cariboo Gold Rush. One was shot at Beaver Valley, near Likely, by a prospector named Morris, when he mistook it for a giant grizzly bear.
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A Step Back in Time
Quesnel Lake is a glacial lake and the source of the Quesnel River. With a depth up to 610 metres, it is the deepest lake in British Columbia and is thought to be the deepest fjord lake in the world. It has almost 600 km (360 miles) of shoreline distributed among the three arms - West, East and North Arms. In the heart of the Cariboo Mountains, it has stunning scenery including sandy beaches and ancient cedar rainforests up the North Arm and fjord-like rock walls and our own Niagara Falls up the East Arm. It lies just to the west of three provincial parks - Bowron Lake, Cariboo Mountains and Wells Gray.
The principal interest in Quesnel Lake is its fishery. It is a popular sport fishing destination, and is also home to about a quarter of BC's sockeye. Anthropogenic disturbance nearly wiped out the sockeye population in the early 1900's, but it has now rebounded to historic levels. The lake is a long, narrow fjord-type lake - carved by glaciers, not man-made - and is stunningly beautiful.
Cast for trophy wild rainbow trout in one of the world's most pristine & unique settings. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem offers Rainbow trout angling that is unparalleled anywhere in British Columbia. Measured in pounds and not inches, many expert flyfishers say that this is hard to match anywhere on earth!
There are two access points to Quesnel Lake.
1) To the town of Likely on the west arm of Quesnel Lake: turn east off Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House onto the Horsefly Rd. Continue to the major intersection of paved roads, then turn left (northeast) onto the Likely Road. Total distance from 150 Mile is 85 km (53 mi). From here you can access the northern portion of the lake. Ask for information and directions in Likely.
2) To the village of Horsefly and on to the southern shores at the junction of the three arms of Quesnel Lake: turn east off Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House on to the Horsefly Road. Stay on this road until you reach the village of Horsefly -- 59 km (37 mi). Once in Horsefly, turn right at Clarke's Store and cross the Horsefly River, as if going to Horsefly Lake. Follow the signs to Elysia Resort, which is at the end of the road (signs along 42 kms of well-maintained gravel road). More directions and more information can be obtained in Horsefly.
Things to See and Do
• Quesnel River
The river flows west out of Quesnel Lake, commencing at Likely. Rainbow and Bull Trout from one pound to 14 pounds are taken on spinning gear from July through October. There is an angling closure covering 50 meters on either side of Likely Bridge.
• Quesnel River Hatchery
The hatchery produces approximately 2.3 million Chinook salmon fry every year to stock the rivers and streams in the surrounding area. Adult salmon can be viewed from August 1 to the end of September; from November to April the fry can be observed in their different stages of development. From April to August 1 there are no fish in the hatchery at all. The hatchery is open seven days a week.
Rainbows, Bull Trout, Lake Char, and Kokanee are found in Quesnel Lake. These fish can grow to enormous sizes. You should ask locals where to fish on this huge lake, or, even better, hire a guide. Summer winds can be a danger for small boats. The Quesnel River flows from the lake at Likely, and there are several smaller rivers and creeks (including the world famous Horsefly River) that flow into Quesnel Lake. In the late summer and fall, millions of Sockeye and Chinook salmon come up the Quesnel River and swim through the lake to get to rivers such as the Mitchell and the Horsefly to spawn.
• Explore the Shoreline
This large and very beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular and secluded beaches found on any lake in B.C. Along with fishing, there is beachcombing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, boating, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing.
• Barkerville -Wells
• Big Lake Ranch
• McLeese Lake
• Prince George
• Williams Lake
Source : https://www.travel-british-columbia.com/cariboo-chilcotin/cariboo/quesnel-lake/
Paved Road, Well, Phone, Hydro, Internet
Drive Highway 97 to 150 Mile House. Here you follow the Horsefly - Likely Road until you reach Likely.