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52 Acre Riverfront with Cabin, Gold & Platinum Claims - Tulameen, BC
52 Acre Riverfront with Cabin, Gold & Platinum Claims - Tulameen, BC
Awesome! 52 acres with cabin surrounded by Crown land in wilderness surroundings with a major river & a year-round creek; yet only 3.5 hours by road from Vancouver! Pan & sluice for gold & platinum on your own 2 placer claims! Epic hunting, fishing & sledding.
  • Size: 51.65 acres
  • Area: SWBC
  • Price: $689,000
  • Listing Agent: Sam Hodson - sam@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-694-7623
Description :

This is the ideal “Off the Grid, Get Away” property with both a major river and a year-round creek running through it. It is in the middle of a pristine wilderness area, yet is only 6 kilometres from the town of Tulameen and a 30-minute drive from Princeton. Pan or sluice for gold and platinum right on your own mineral claims (which are included in the sale), or swim in the crystal clear pools of the Tulameen River. This property is less than four hours from the Lower Mainland and offers spectacular access to backcountry recreation. This particular area is well known for its ATV trails, snowmobiling and fall hunting.


The sale of this property includes the surface and undersurface rights for minerals as well as two 50-hectare placer claims; one named Platinum Bear, the other named Platinum King.


The property is almost square-shaped, with the Tulameen River dissecting it almost in half, with Lawless Creek coming down from the north, with the confluence almost in the middle of the property. There is an incredible easily accessible sandy beach located alongside a superb swimming and fishing hole. Across from the beach and slightly upstream is the entrance to the now-abandoned and fascinating El Alemein gold mine, which produced significant amounts of gold after WWII.


The cabin built in 2003 has 540 square feet on the main floor and a 100 square feet in the loft. 1 bedroom with loft, open kitchen/living room and 1 bathroom with all the comforts of home, including but not limited to, high speed internet, on-demand hot water, propane stove and a propane fireplace. 3-piece bathroom with sink toilet and shower. This fully functioning off-grid retreat has solar panels and a 5000 Watt generator for backup, installed and ready to go. The interior finish of the cabin is all natural tongue and groove cedar boards.


A 300 ft² covered deck provides a great sitting area to enjoy the surrounding mountain views and hear the rushing waters of Lawless Creek, at the base of the nearby cliff.


A 20’x 8’ lockable metal storage container is handy for storing the toys (quads, motorcycles, snowmobiles etc).


Call the listing REALTOR® for more information today.

Location : Located on the Tulameen River in southwest British Columbia about 5 km west of the town of Tulameen and 28 km west of Princeton.
Access : Proceed west from the town of Tulameen on Tulameen River Road (not Lawless Creek Forestry Road!) approximately 6 km where there is a large sign in a tree on the river side of the road indicating Private Property. This is approximately the eastern boundary of the property. The driveway to the cabin is located on the other side on the concrete bridge that spans Lawless Creek and is near the western boundary of the property.
Services :

This property is off the grid, but has an approved septic system, well water with pump storage tanks and pressure feed, solar power with storage batteries and satellite TV. The drilled well is 420 feet and is stated to produce 4-5 gallons per minute. There is an above ground 520-gallon gravity feed storage tank for non-winter use and a 240-gallon gravity feed tank for winter use. Water lines are buried 6 feet deep for winter freeze up protection.


Hot water is supplied from an on-demand Bosch propane water heater. Propane for the stove, fridge and fireplace comes from a large leased propane tank which is refilled by delivery truck.


The solar system comprises 340 watts with two solar panels. There is a Flexmax Outback Charge Controller. Storage of power is in the 4 Surratt batteries having 430 amps capacity. Power is converted through a 120 Volt 1000 Watt inverter.


Back-up power is supplied by a 2KW diesel generator located in a concrete block shed.

Recreation : This area is an absolute recreational playground offering everything from boating, river kayaking, biking, quadding, hiking, fishing, hunting, ski-dooing, cross-country skiing, gold panning and camping.
Area Data :

Tulameen is a small recreational community in British Columbia about 20 kilometres northwest of the town of Princeton on the Crowsnest Highway (Highway 3), and about 185 kilometres east from the city of Vancouver. Located at the south end of Otter Lake and just north of the Tulameen River, it is on the lee side of the Canadian Cascades Mountain range and enjoys a slightly semi-arid climate, sheltered from the heavy rains of the Lower Mainland.


There are about 250 permanent residents here but this number grows in the summer months. The community also has a general store, bike rentals (Crossroads Bike Rentals), community centre, outdoor skating rink, library, volunteer fire department, and skidoo dealer and repair centre.


Otter Lake
This very popular 6 km long lake covers about 290 hectares (716 acres) at an elevation of 823 m (2,700 ft). It is a great recreational lake for swimming, waterskiing and fishing for lake trout, rainbow, brook trout and Kokanee. The town of Tulameen is located at the south end of the lake and the Provincial campsite borders the northwest side. A scenic bike ride will take you along the Trans Canada Trail, and stopping for ice-cream in Tulameen.

History :

Prospecting activity led to the discovery of gold in 1885 near the confluence of Granite Creek with the Tulameen River, near present-day Coalmont, about 10 miles south of Tulameen and the same distance north-northeast of Princeton, which lies at the confluence of the Tulameen and the Similkameen River. Around the site of the find, the boomtown of Granite Creek (also known as Granite City) sprang from nowhere to celebrated status overnight, and was touted (as with so many other BC boomtowns) to become the next great city of the new province - and claiming for itself the status of third-largest town in the province.


Some miners from this rush congregated by the amenable shores of Otter Lake, with the town that sprang up having the name Otter Flats or Otter Lake, which had a number of stores, 2 hotels, a saloon and post office. Platinum was also found along the banks of the Similkameen River, but the early miners not aware of its value, referred to it as “white gold” and basically ignored it. Of course today the market value of platinum per ounce is much higher than that of gold!


The name Otter Flats endured until 1901 when the name Tulameen was officially adopted as the town acquired some stability due to its being on the routing of the southern mainline of the Canadian Pacific Railway, constructed in 1896 after a potential routing of the US-based Great Northern Railway to the Tulameen. The southern mainline is commonly known today as the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), and connected the original mainline at Hope with the Okanagan and Kootenay cities and boomtowns farther east; today much of its route has been converted from rail bed to a public hiking and biking as part of the Trans-Canada Trail. During this period, a proper town site with a street grid was laid out and the lure of the lake, mountain scenery and dry climate of the area encouraged the first recreational residents, as Tulameen enjoyed something of an advantage of being the first dry belt town after the rail journey had overcome the steep grades and tunnels of the Coquihalla Canyon and Coquihalla Pass; coal seams in the area also were useful to rail company operations and the town was a regular stopping-place for taking on coal and water during the Age of Steam

Legal :

The Surface of District Lot 1189 Yale District Known As The Wild Cat Mineral Claim, Under surface Rights KX118656, Placer Claims 322560 (Platinum King) & 412308 (Platinum Bear)


PID 014-539-276

Taxes : $2,410 (2017)
Map Reference : 49°32'22.96"N and 120°50'32.30"W
Listing # : 19028