Redfern Lake For ATV Riding
The 10th most popular all terrain vehicle trail in British Columbia.
Wednesday 3 August 2016 05:00 GMT
Near Fort St John, the route to Redfern Lake is 70km from the trailhead. It has deep mudholes and several creek crossings. It can take between 6 to 13 hours depending upon weather conditions.
To reach the trailhead from Fort St John, head north on the Alaska Highway for 2.5 to 3 hours. About 1 or 2 miles past the Buckinghorse River, look for a road on the left (signed by Northland Trailblazers Skidoo Club and map nearby). Follow this road for 5 to 10km and watch for sign to Redfern Trail.
From the sign, follow the trail in. Watch the creek crossings and about halfway in you will come to Neves creek. It will be the biggest crossing yet, and you will cross it 3 times. There are cabins after the second crossing; stop and say hi to the people and take a break. They will tell you all about the next crossing and whatever else is happening out there. Continue on down the trail, and you will come to the Besa River Bridge. Good fishing downstream from the bridge. Once you have supper caught, continue on to the lake. Before the lake, you will find a snowmobile cabin on the right, which you can stay at if its not occupied. There are several places to camp, and you can rent cabins from Barb and Paul Gillis at the Redfern Lake Wilderness Retreat that are very nice. There are trails up along the lake, leading to each end.
Note: As of August 2008, the Ministry of Forests Regulations require all ATV drivers to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license to ride on Forest Service Roads. In addition, the ATV must have valid third-party liability insurance, which is typically around $120 per year. The Conservation Officers will issue a $600 ticket if you do not have proof of insurance.
Overall, Redfern Lake is the 10th most popular ATV riding trail of all 61 ATV trails in British Columbia. Several of the better atv trails are nearby Redfern Lake including Christina Falls, Stewart Lake Trail, Johnston Creek and Septimus.