Clearwater Lake Lodge and Resort: Tatlayoko Valley and Tatlayoka Lake
If you want to go for a great half day excursion away from the Lodge a great option is to head back west on highway 20 into the Tatlayoka Valley. It’s about a 30 minute drive to the Tatla Village and just past a long section of split rail fences to either side of the highway you hang a left and head south into the valley floor. This a fairly good ‘chip seal', type road and is pretty easy to navigate even a small car. Another 30 minutes takes you past endless ranches and farms tucked away into the more protected corners of the valley.
Once you get closer to the mountains they soar above you to the right and the views are spectacular. We stopped at a small pullout at the Taklayoka Conservency (there is a sign posted on a tree) and walked along the northernmost shore of the Taklayoko Lake. Apparently, it is very windy here most of the time and it was quite cold given the early May dates of our travel time. I can see that windsurfers and kite boarders would be in heaven in this place. The beach head is quite long, I would guess three miles across, and there is plenty of room to set up and camp at any number of great spots along the beach. You’d have to check into whether one can actually stay overnight though as it is a conservancy area. If not the other option is to continue down the valley another 10 minutes to a small camp ground on the lake side.