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Kager Lake Trail

KAGER/LONG LAKE TRAIL SYSTEM

HOW TO GET THERE:

Access through the Village of Burns Lake

5th Avenue loops into 9th Avenue, and Gowan Road will be on the right as you are coming out of the loop.  Be sure to turn onto Gowan Road.

Once on Gowan Road, continue until you reach Boer Mountain Lookout Road. Turn left. Follow the road to the trailhead located on the right (Kager Lake is visible from the road).

Access From Highway 16E (Tintagel)

Turn left on Tintagel Road, which is about 6 km east of Burns Lake (opposite the KOA). When on Tintagel Road, keep right for about 3 Km. You will pass a gravel pit on your right, followed by a sharp right hand turn. The trail will be on the left side of the turn. Park in the gravel pit area.

KAGER/LONG LAKE TRAIL:

  • Length: 7.88 km (Kager Lake Loop 2.8 km, including Long Lake Loop 6.4)
  • Degree of Difficulty: Easy with some short steeper sections at the viewpoints located on the secondary trails
  • Condition: Wide, flat to rolling, maintained, signed and marked.  The Kager Lake Trail was upgraded (widened and gravelled) in 2007 by the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association.  Great trail for beginner to intermediate rider.  Features numerous boardwalk sections enjoyed by riders/hikers of all ages.  The Long Lake loop is still a single track hiking trail.
  • Access Condition: Paved except for Boer Mountain Lookout Road, which is gravel, and can be quite muddy in the spring
  • Users: Hikers, horseback riders, mountain bikers (non-motorized traffic only)
  • Other Activities: Watching spawning fish travel up the creek out of Kager Lake in the spring
  • Wildlife and Vegetation: The wildlife to be expected is that of the region: bears, moose, deer and numerous birds. Vegetation includes secondary pine and spruce stands, with various plants traditionally used for food and medicinal purposes.
  • Campsite: Free camping!! There is a car-camping site (6 sites, including tables, firerings and three outhouses) located adjacent to the parking lot.  Twelve tent sites (tables, firerings) are located around the Kager Lake Loop, including one located on a small island.

The trail system begins at Kager Lake and proceeds along the lake in both directions, continuing around Long Lake. There are some secondary trails at the south end of Kager Lake providing viewpoints of the surrounding area. The last stretch of the trail from Long Lake to Tintagel Road (the other access) will be usable by all-terrain vehicles, but only to the junction at Long Lake.

HISTORY:

The trail was proposed and created by the Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd. with the purpose of enhancing recreational activities in the area. The Environmental Team from Burns Lake Community Forest Ltd completed the trail in the summer of 2001.  The Kager Lake Trail was upgraded between 2006 and 2008 by the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association (BLMBA), with the help of local Fire Attack Base Unit and Initial Attack Crews.

SAFETY:

Precautions should be taken with respect to bear encounters. Make adequate noise when walking as to alert any bears to your presence.

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