Lake Provincial Park is located in BC's Cariboo Mountains,
144 kilometres southeast of the city of Prince
George and east of Quesnel.
Hwy 26 from Quesnel, BC, to the community of Wells,
a distance of 90km (55.8mi) and it is 30 km (18.6mi) by secondary
road to the park from Wells. This magnificent 121 6000 hectare
wilderness is characterized by a system of six major lakes
and connecting waterways. The park contains a 116 kilometre
canoe or kayak circuit consisting of Bowron, Indianpoint,
Isaac, Lanezi, Sandy and Spectacle Lakes, the Bowron and Cariboo
Rivers and a number of smaller lakes and streams, together
with several portages.
Lake and Bowron River were named for John Bowron who was a
pioneer settler and early Gold Commissioner in the nearby
gold rush town of Barkerville.
BC Provincial Park is a wildlife sanctuary and it is not uncommon
for visitors to observe and photograph deer, moose, bears,
caribou and mountain goat. Waterfowl and beaver are abundant
in streams. The forest cover is mainly white spruce and alpine
fir. Also found is lodgepole pine, western red cedar and western
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Location The nearest community to the park is Wells, British Columbia,
which is 90 kilometres east of Quesnel on Highway 26. From
Wells it is 30 kilometres by secondary road to the entrance
of the park. Also located near Wells is Barkerville,
a restored Gold Rush Town of the 1860's. With its live theater
in the summer and its numerous other attractions, Barkerville
is well worth the visit.
Trails A variety of hiking and snowmobile trails exist in the
Wells - Barkerville area, for more information on these or
to plan a vacation visit Alpine Snow Ventures or
Wells & Area Trails Society.
Facilities & Activities For
accurate up to date information on BC Parks, dates of operation
and reservations, visit the official BC Parks Site at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks
- This park offers vehicle accessible campsites at the Bowron
Lake Campground on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite
reservations are also accepted. There are 25 sites at the
campground consisting of 3 doubles sites and the rest being
single sites of medium size. The sites are shaded and parking
is available for extra vehicles. The closest store is Bear
River Mercantile, located about 1 km away towards Bowron Lake.
There is no payphone in the park. If staff are not available
when you arrive at the campground, choose your site and pay
- A boat launching site is located at the north end of Bowron
Lake near the private lodges and a canoe landing float can
be found at the campsite.
Fishing - Indianpoint
and Isaac Lakes usually provide the best fishing but all lakes
and streams contain rainbow trout. Dolly Varden, lake trout,
Rocky Mountain whitefish and kokanee are also present but
don't count on catching fish every time. Depending on the
season, the fishing varies from poor to excellent.
- Camping, cooking shelters and cabins are located around
the circuit. The camping areas contain from five to ten tent
spaces, pit toilets and fireplace rings. The shelters are
basic log cabins with a minimum of equipment. They are intended
for emergency use or to give a party time to dry out and should
not be used instead of camping.
Facilities - Near the park entrance are camping
areas and lodges which can provide canoes, boats, accommodation,
supplies and meals. A list of canoe guiding operator's is
available from the district manager's office.
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Lake Provincial Park canoe
circuit in British Columbia, Canada, is world famous.
People from all walks of life, from different countries, speaking
different languages have canoed the Bowron Lake Chain.
1926, thanks to the work done by Frank Kibbee and Thomas and
Eleanor McCabe, the BC provincial government classified this
area as a game reserve. In 1961 it was reclassified as a park
and named after John Bowron, a gold rush pioneer who became
the Gold Commissioner at Barkerville, now BC's famous restored
gold rush town of the 1860's.
Lake Provincial Park is located in the Cariboo Mountains on
central BC, and Wells on Hwy 26 is the nearest community.
Take Hwy 26 from Quesnel to Wells, a distance of 90km (55.8mi)
and it is 30 km (18.6mi) by secondary road to the park from
are compulsory for groups and recommended for all others.
circuit can be made anytime between June and October. July
and August are usually crowded and September is when the deciduous
trees are displaying their fall colours, making it one of
the best times to travel the circuit.
Visitors to the park have the option of completing the full
circuit or for those who haven't the time or do not wish to
complete the full loop there is the west side route on Bowron
Lake to the head of Spectacle Lake. This is an easy journey
with no portages.
For more information on the circuit contact the address listed
canoe or kayak offers a noiseless approach to photograph wildlife
but remember to keep your distance as moose have been known
to attack when crowded or with their young. Be aware of bears
at all times. For more information on safety
around wild animals contact the local Region or District
office nearest you. It is suggested that inexperienced canoeists
do some practicing and conditioning before leaving home. The
waters are periodically rough throughout the circuit and canoeists
should be alert and prepared to paddle at all times.
situations change frequently, this information is not presented
as accurate trip planning information and there is no guarantee
of accuracy. DO NOT plan a vacation without first checking
the above BC Parks website for ALL accurate and current information.