Tugwell lake

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Andrew
Victoria
Tugwell lake

Hey everybody,
Last weekend a couple buddies and I were out wheeling and exploring in the Jordan river area, ended up going back to the highway and going up Tugwell main. We kept going towards Tugwell lake and got as far as the concrete wall with a trail around it. We were running out of daylight then so we headed back out. Thinking about heading up there again pretty soon. From our GPS it looked like we were only about 1k away from the lake. So my questions are about the lake itself, is there any good fishing or camping spots on the shore? Also, what else is nearby and worth exploring? Looks like another small lake up there, Butler Lake, might be accessible by road or trail. Anybody know anything about that?

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Cody
Victoria

I don’t know the answer to your question, but is the wall there just to block access, or is a remnant of something else?

Is this the wall?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikyp-yUCklk

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_KRnmkR2ZJ4

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Andrew
Victoria

Yes this is the wall, but there is a driveable trail around it now.

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Rob
Victoria

Yeah Tugwell Lake is a pretty popular destination for ATV's and modified 4x4's.
I'd like to go but I'll wait until things thaw a bit more and hopefully I'll have a winch by then, or at least one other capable rig going out with me.

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4x4
Victoria

This is an awesome area, I have not been to tugwell/anderson in some time as mentioned on my other post. Would love to find my way back there one of these days..

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Jay
Langford

The lake is easy to get to, its is very crowded on nice days with rigs/sxs/atvs.
Its a nice spot though.
these wre both taken at the lake

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sam
Victoria

yea i just love those quiet spots that not alot of other people go too haha. was that you or jas that rolled the jeep?

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Jay
Langford

Thats me that flopped it. on the little buggy line right by the lake.

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Andrew
Victoria

Made it up to the lake today! Lots of fun and awesome challenge level for me and the friends i was with. Would love to explore further in that area, it looks like there are tons of trails and some great obstacles. A new set of tires would sure help out, and on-board air so I won't worry as much over the rocky bits (I wheel at 32 psi, which is very not ideal). Otherwise we only needed to pull out a recovery strap once, for me to help my buddy's cherokee out of one spot. Met a few quads and a razor at the lake where we stopped for a fire and some lunch. 10/10 will return for more adventures

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Jay
Langford

you really need to air down man, i usually go between 8psi and 12psi. depending on terrain. I usually just drive home on that and air up then. LOL and i have a co2 bottle. I only run 20psi on the street normally.
glas you had a good time though, from there the back country opens up to you if you know where to go.

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Andrew
Victoria

Yeah I have essentially just street tires on my truck sadly so I keep the higher pressure for highway driving. New set of tires is a very high priority for my truck but I just don't have the cash to spare at the moment. Anybody got a halfway decent set of 33"s for 16" rims for a good price?

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4x4
Victoria

Would love a PM so I can get back there >? I have a sxs..

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Jay
Langford

i dont usually give out any trail directions, you need to meet up and go on runs with guys. I just recently moved up the the comox valley, awesome place for wheelin

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4x4
Victoria

Yep I understand.. just more complicated now since I have a fam..

cheers,

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Jas
Langford/Duncan

32psi?
I drove around on 20psi daily and aired down to 10-15 on trails.

You notice a world of difference.

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sam
Victoria

damn haha what size tires? also kinda depends how much weight your carrying overall. My truck is like 4400lbs ( ish) maybe a bit more, and ive got 32's , always driving around 35psi. What do you guys think would be good psi for on / or offroad?

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Camilbro
Victoria

20-25psi is sooo nice for daily driving. my xterra is about 4300lbs, I run 32s as well. never going back to 40psi again, unless i'm road tripping. 8s is what ppl run for technical stuff, i usually just dip between 10-15. you can pop a tire off your rim if its too low, and i'm usually alone, and I do not want to figure that out in the bush.

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Jay
Langford

Thats why you carry a spare. LOL

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sam
Victoria

Can running at 25 daily on road cause any premature tire wear or like crappier handling?

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Jay
Langford

I run my 35" mtrs around 20 psi on the street. anytime i hit gravel or trail they go to at least 12 psi. i will go as low as 8psi. beadlocks are in my future

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Camilbro
Victoria

If you're like me your spare is a piece of shit. New tires next month tho.

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Jay
Langford

My spare is a matching 35" MTR, it has a little tread on it. enough to get me out of the bush.

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Andrew
Victoria

Won't running on the street all the time at low pressure like 20psi cause your tires to wear and give you scrappy mileage? My 33"s get a noticeable bulge in the side if they go down to even 20 psi and my day to day driving is in Victoria, rather than in the woods

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sam
Victoria

Yea that's what I was thinking too Andrew, that's pretty much what I've always heard

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