McLeod Lake, BC

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McLeod Lake is located approx. 140 km (87 mi) north of Prince George on Highway 97. Its closest neighbour is the McLeod Lake Indian Band and close by you will also find Carp Lake and Whiskers Point Provincial Parks. There is a general store as well as a motel and also some rental cabins in the area. It is notable for being the first continuously inhabited European settlement west of the Rocky Mountains in Present-day Canada. Originally named 'Trout Lake Fort' which was founded by Simon Fraser in 1805, it was also know as 'La Malice Fort' for a short while and then Fort McLeod which is a National Historic Site in Canada since 1953.

McLeod Lake is an unincorporated community.  For those who love the great outdoors the area around McLeod Lake offers many pleasant spots to pitch a tent or park a trailer. There are numerous locations from which a person or family can find a place to celebrate a natural experience. 

The provincial parks in the area most notably Carp Lake and Whiskers Point offer vehicle and tent sites right on their shores.

Carp Lake Provincial Park offers two campgrounds: one at Kettle Bay on Carp Lake itself, and one on the smaller War Lake. For the more adventurous and those with watercraft, there are additional campsites on three of the islands that dot Carp Lake expanding the outdoor experience.
Fishing, boating and canoeing are the prime activities here. Hikers can travel north of War Lake to War Falls to marvel at the wildlife or view a fantastic sunset.

To the southeast of McLeod Lake are the popular Tacheeda Lakes, which offer many Forest Service Campgrounds within an 8km circle. Additionally the Anzac Recreation site on the Parsnip River (named after the Giant Cow Parsnips that grow along the banks). On the southwest you can find the Firth lake Recreation site on the shores of Firth Lake. Also Tudyah Lake Provincial Park lies 8km to the northwest and offers additional camping sites.  

McLeod Lake Indian Reserve No. 1, is adjacent to the non-native McLeod Lake community. the residents are of the Athabascan Sekani people known as "Tse'Khene" (the people of the rock, referencing the Rocky Mountains).

McLeod Lake itself is 2,290 ha (5,700 acres).