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    Rare Private Island with Cozy Log Cabin on Stuart Lake - Fort St. James, BC

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 19286

    Rare & affordable opportunity to purchase your very own 100% private island on scenic Stuart Lake. This 20-acre island offers a 480 ft2 log cabin with woodstove. The shorelines are gentle & shallow, perfect for mooring a boat. The beaches provide plenty of southern exposure.


    Price
    $225,000

    Size
    20 acres

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    Description

    Beautiful private 20-acre island oasis with 480 ft2 log cabin. The island is located west of Tachie and is blanketed by mature timber creating a serene and natural ambiance. At the centre of the island the property comes to an elevated peak offering stunning and expansive views of the lake and forests beyond.

    The quaint and cozy log cabin has been fitted with a new metal roof and recently installed glass windows. The cabin is wired for lighting (12V), has a wood stove for heating and cooking, a wash sink, king sized bed frame and bunk room with four bunk beds. There is an outhouse, shower house and all the peace and quiet you could ever want. The lighting runs off a 100 amp portable solar panel with two 35 amp and two 30 amp batteries. One single battery will typically be sufficient to run the cabin’s lighting for a three week period.

    Water has previously been supplied to the cabin with buckets. There is a 12V water pump available if preferred. The cabin’s kitchen is wonderfully set up with ample space for food prep, cooking and storage. The woodstove is tucked away in the corner of the room and casts a warm and comforting glow on the cabin’s occupants. The kitchen has shelves and cabinets to neatly store dry food and cooking utensils.

    The lake itself offers an array of activities, including excellent fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking and the surrounding forests host a wide variety of wildlife including bears and moose. Just outside of the lake territory, northwest of Fort St. James, lies the Sutherland River Provincial Park as well as the Rubyrock Lake Provincial Park, each of which are fantastic locations for exploration.

    Location

    This property is located on the northwest end of Stuart Lake between Tachie and Yekooche, and is the largest island in the American Island chains. Fort St. James is located approximately 45 kilometres away, as the crow flies.

    Area Data

    The nearby town of Fort St. James offers all modern conveniences to property owners on Stuart Lake. There are boat launches, grocery stores, gas stations, hotels and restaurants, where a new property owner can refuel and resupply prior to departing for their weekend getaway.

    Fort St. James is a mill town and is known for its logging activity, mining and tourism.

    To the south of Fort St. James lies rich farmland where both hay and cattle are produced in abundance.

    There are multiple large provincial parks and recreational areas, including Mt. Pope, Rubyrock Lake, Sutherland River and Carp Lake. There is the possibility to travel still hundreds of kilometres north of Fort St. James into some of British Columbia’s most remote and pristine wildernesses.

    Recreation

    This private island and the wider region offer an infinite amount of outdoor recreational opportunity. Stuart Lake is well known for its trophy fishing and ample water sports. There is also the opportunity to explore the various islands and remote lake shores via canoe, kayak or paddle board. The surrounding Crown land there is hunting for moose, deer and bear.

    The intricate logging road and regional trail network create thousands of kilometres for off-road enthusiasts to explore during the summer and winter months.

    Murray Peak ski hill is an excellent local option for downhill enthusiasts to test their skills in some unique terrain and deep powder.

    History

    As part of his commission from the North West Company, Fraser and his assistants John Stuart and James McDougall explored potential river routes to the Pacific Ocean from 1805 through 1808. Explorations in the winter of 1805-06 by McDougall resulted in the discovery of Carrier's Lake, now known as Stuart Lake. In the heart of territory inhabited by the Carrier or Dakelh First Nation, this proved to be a lucrative locale for fur trading and so a post—Fort St. James—was built on its shore in 1806. In 1821, the fort came under the control of the Hudson's Bay Company, when the North West Company merged with it. It subsequently became the administrative headquarters of the Company's vast New Caledonia District.

    The fur trade was slow to take root in the area, since the economy of the Dakelh people had been based on the fishery, rather than on trapping. In addition, there were customary and ceremonial restrictions which placed obstacles in the way of an efficient fur economy. Nonetheless, eventually the post became profitable and continued to function until its closure in 1952.

    The community is located on the southeastern shore of Stuart Lake, at the head of the Stuart River. Both the lake and the river are named for Fraser's assistant John Stuart, who would later become head of the New Caledonia District of the North West Company.

    Map Reference

    54°39'26.29"N and 124°52'38.87"

    Services

    Cabin is wired for lighting and there is solar panel available.

    Improvements

  • 483 ft2 log cabin
  • Outhouse
  • Showerhouse
  • Tax Details

    $668.97 (2019)

    Zoning

    N/A

    Legal

    DL 7106 Range 5 Coast District
    PID 015-314-791

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.