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    Wistaria Cattle Ranch - Ootsa Lake

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 21107

    This is fantastic opportunity for some ranchers to get started or add to existing operations. This 576-acre homestead offers a home, outbuildings, hay production, grazing and a range permit. It also borders a private 8-acre lake.


    576 acres

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    576 acres with five titles and a range permit for 192 animal units per month (AUM), it is approved to increase (TBA). About 225 acres in hay production, with the remainder in open and treed pasture. Buildings include a log home, old cabin, hay shed, three barns, workshop, and equipment shed. All buildings have metal roofing. The ranch has corals, fencing and cross fencing in place. The property borders an 8-acre private lake.

    The log home is 1,408 ft2.

    Main Floor
    • 10’ x 20’ kitchen
    • 10’ x 20’ Living room
    • 10’ x 12’ bedroom
    • 10’ x 12’ laundry room
    • 3-piece bathroom
    Upper Floor
    • 10’ x 20’ main bedroom
    • Two 10’ x 12’ bedrooms
    • 3-piece bathroom

    (All measurements approximate)

    The large living room window overlooks the small private lake, lush grass, trees and rolling hills. The front deck is a perfect place to sit and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Upstairs, patio doors lead onto a small unrailed deck.

    The property has had recent logging after the photos were taken.


    38605 Blackwell Road West - Wistaria, BC


    From Burns Lake, take Highway 35 and cross Francois Lake on the ferry. Follow the main road from the ferry for 17.5 km and turn right onto Keefe’s Landing Road (Ootsa-Nadina Road). Follow this for 36.7 km to the signed road for Wistaria Park (on your left). Continue for 500 m to reach Carroll Road on your right. Head up Carroll Road for 3.7 km and turn left onto Blackwell Road West. In 700 m you will reach the gate to the farm.

    Area Data

    The Lakes District of Northern BC embraces over 300 wilderness fishing lakes and 3,000 miles of pristine lake shoreline. This District extends from the Stikine Mountains in the west to the Omineca Mountain Range in the east. Bordered by Ootsa Lake in the south, the Lakes District extends north to Babine Lake. The Nechako Reservoir, sometimes called the Ootsa Lake Reservoir, is one of the largest reservoirs built in Canada. Ootsa Lake is the largest of the original lakes.

    The small communities of Noralee, Grassy Plains, Takysie Lake, and South Francois are closest to the property, each having minimal services. Burns Lake, approximately 60 km northeast of the property, has a population of approx. 2,800. This town serves the surrounding 8,000 residents of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and is a hub for the local logging, sawmills, mining, and tourism. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding areas.

    Regional Burns Lake Airport is 20 km northwest of the town. Major commercial airlines fly into Smithers Airport, 143 km west of Burns Lake and Prince George Airport, 237 km east of Burns Lake. VIA Rail Canada also stops at Burns Lake, and a free ferry frequently operates across Francois Lake.

    The average winter snowfall is approximately 190 cm. In June 1982, Burns Lake recorded 376.5 hours of sunshine. The most sunshine ever recorded in BC was during the month of June. The warmest month is July, with an average high of 21°C. The coldest month is January, with an average low of -15.3°C.


    Pine, spruce, and open meadows dominate this property. The property also has a mix of hayfields and pasture.


    The Lakes District is a recreational nirvana with countless lakes, Provincial Parks and Forest Recreation Sites. The lakes and rivers in the area offer up an immense number of options. There are numerous boat launches to fish, waterski, wakeboard, explore, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, and windsurf. Countless trails weave their way through the District. These vast trails showcase breathtaking views of lakes, rivers, wildflowers, fauna, meadows, mountains, and wildlife.

    Tweedsmuir Park, BC’s largest Provincial Park, aside from offering some of the most spectacular scenery in North America, is a magnet for outdoor recreationists. Favourite activities sought out include fishing, hunting, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and canoeing. Ootsa Lake forms the northern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park. Water access from the Lake provides the most common access to the park, although floatplanes and helicopter charters can be organized from Burns Lake.

    The Lakes District is known for its 3,000 miles of pristine lake shoreline. Rivers and lakes are brimming with trout, salmon, and pike, among other species. Whether fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting, the chances of landing fish is excellent.

    Separated from Ootsa Lake by the Skins Dam, Skins Lake contains several small islands which provide plenty of structure for the burbot, rainbow trout and whitefish. A gravel road runs along the north shore of Ootsa Lake through ranches, farmlands and forests of aspen, spruce, and pine trees. The remarkable views and pretty scenery never end, and the wildlife is plentiful. Fishing in Ootsa Lake is excellent for large rainbow trout and lake char.

    A few minutes from Burns Lake, the Burns Lake Mountain Bike Park is a world-class mountain biking trail system. Arguably, these trails provide some of the best downhill in the world. Courses range from easy to advanced and adrenaline-pumping expert rides.

    Omineca Ski Club has a long tradition of cross-country skiing and biathlon, claiming proudly to be the oldest ski club in BC and possibly Canada. There are many groomed trails ranging from easy to moderate degrees of difficulty. The Burns Lake Snowmobile Club also maintains plenty of marked trails and mountain ranges are for snowmobiles.

    This property is located close to large tracts of open Crown land, with public access for horseback and ATV riding, and snowmobiling in the winter.

    Ootsa Lake is a man-made lake created by the flooding of the Ootsa Lake region in the 1950s. It is a beautiful lake with some of the best boating in the province of BC. This huge reservoir links together many lakes, including Tahtsa, Whitesail and Natalkuz, popular destinations for anglers worldwide. These waters can yield spectacular results for large Rainbow and giant Lake Char. Rainbow trout up to 15 pounds are caught in Ootsa Lake. These lakes attract wildlife of many species and provide excellent opportunities for hunting and wildlife photography.

    Nearby Francois Lake is approx. 110 km long, making it the second-largest natural lake in British Columbia. Rainbow trout up to 5 and 6 pounds and lake trout to 15 pounds are not uncommon. Several resorts throughout this area offer boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and cross-country skiing.

    Lund Recreation Park, beside a small fishing lake, is a four-unit camping area. The park is an excellent site to picnic, canoe, fish, or hunt. Ootsa Landing Rec site is a 3-unit camping area alongside the large lake has a great beach where it is possible to hand launch small boats and canoes. Wistaria Provincial Park provides access to Ootsa Lake with a waterfront day-use area.


    Burns Lake and the Francois Lake area’s first inhabitants were the Carrier First Nations communities that spanned much of the Lakes District and beyond. Burns itself began as a small rest stop for travellers on their way to the Yukon Gold Rush. Many of these travellers saw an opportunity in the rich forestry, fur, and mining potential in Burns Lake and the surrounding area.

    Burns Lake acquired its name after Michael Byrnes, who was an explorer for the Collins Overland Telegraph. Byrnes passed Burns lake in about 1866 while surveying a route from Fort Fraser to Hagwilget. Research suggests that Byrnes was also a miner during the Cariboo Gold Rush and had staked a claim on William’s Creek earlier, in 1861. On an 1866 trail map of the area, the name 'Byrnes' Lake appears. After 1876 the charts were renamed Burns Lake.

    Bob Gerow, one of the principal founders of Burns Lake, created Burns Lake Trading Company in partnership with Jack Seely and Howard Laidlaw. They built a store/hotel and a sawmill on Gerow Island (a small island on the Lake), which become the hub of trade for the surrounding area. A bridge connected the island to the mainland, and the Village was incorporated on December 6, 1923.

    The town continued to grow throughout the 20th century. Its current industries have become forestry and tourism, though many workers commute to jobs in the mining industry.

    Several historic buildings still stand, including The Old Hospital. It was built in 1933 by the Women's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada. Once the most extensive and finest public buildings between Prince George and Prince Rupert, it was famous for the fine gardens. Senior citizens later occupied it as an apartment complex. Then it was declared a heritage building in 1982. and redeveloped it as an office building by its Owner, the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation redeveloped to an office building.

    Adjacent to the Burns Lake Museum, a square-cut log building is a former fur trade post that later became a gambling den. Due to the nature of gambling, fights broke out in the building, earning its name, Bucket of Blood. It now contains a display of historical artifacts from Craig Wafflehouse's life, one of the founders of Burns Lake.

    Before the Nechako Reservoir was completed, the river's course was a small, meandering stream through swamps and meadows north and east of Ootsa Lake. Its lower reaches were called Murray Creek.

    The river was dramatically altered due to the Kemano Power Project, which diverts water from the Nechako River basin to the Pacific Ocean to provide power for an Alcan aluminum smelter in Kitimat. In the early 1950s, Kenney Dam was constructed on the Nechako River, a short distance upriver from the Cheslatta–Nechako confluence, creating the Nechako Reservoir. A 16 km long tunnel was blasted through the Coast Mountains, connecting the Nechako Reservoir to a hydroelectric powerhouse at Kemano. Transmission lines were built to carry the electricity 82 km to the Alcan company town of Kitimat.

    Map Reference

    53°53'12.59"N and 126°19'44.36"W

    Investment Features

    A manageable cattle operation. 225 acres in hay production, homestead, and extensive range.


    Power, telephone, water and septic.


    • 1,408 ft2 four-bedroom home
    • 30' x 40' ft shop
    • 100' x 40' ft barn
    • 24' x 40' ft shed
    • Outbuildings, corrals, old cabin

    Tax Details

    $1,019 (2020)




    PID 009-395-270

    PID 013-749-331

    PID 005-280-796

    PID 014-314-355

    PID 010-776-567

    PID 005-280-753

    RANGE: RAN074152

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