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Call Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Smoke from pile burning to be visible in Smithers area
The BC Wildfire Service, in collaboration with BC Parks, will be burning piles of wood debris in Call Lake Provincial Park between April 15 and May 31, 2019, as part of a multiyear FireSmart project to reduce wildfire risks in the area.
About This Park
Call Lake Park is situated in an ecologically diverse area of rolling topography including forested and non-forested wetlands, coniferous and deciduous forests, and rare grasslands. The varied range of habitats supports many types of mammals and birds, and provides a range of recreational opportunities.
Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on the trails, while anglers enjoy the opportunity to fish for brook trout in Call Lake. In the winter, the trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Established Date: June 29, 1999
Park Size: 62 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
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Nature and Culture
- History: The area surrounding Call Lake has long been used recreationally by local residents and was previously grazed by cattle. In 1999, with recommendation from the Bulkley Land and Resource Management Plan, Call Lake was designated as a Class A provincial park to protect conservation values and to provide diverse recreational and educational opportunities.
- Cultural Heritage: Call Lake Park lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation. Historically, the area was likely burned by First Nations to increase berry production.
- Conservation: Call Lake Park lies in the under-represented SBSdk variant of the Bulkley Basin Ecosection. The park protects an important part of the Bulkley Valley corridor, 90% of which is privately owned land. The park is home to several hectares of the red-listed Saskatoon-slender wheatgrass scrub-steppe plant community.
- Wildlife: Call Lake Park, in combination with the adjacent Wildlife Habitat Management Area, provides critical winter and spring moose and deer habitat and spring and summer bear habitat. The varied topography and ecosystems provide habitat for numerous mammals and birds. Call Lake is stocked with brook trout.
Activities Available at this Park
This park has hiking and/or walking trails. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There are two trails in Call Lake Provincial Park:
- The first trail is accessed from the end of VanGaalen Road. This 700m long trail follows a ridge with some nice views of the Bulkley Valley before dropping down to Call Lake.
- The second trail is accessed from the end of Mountainview Road and is a great hiking and biking trail. This 3km/5km stacked loop trail extends beyond the park boundary but is signed outside the park. The upper part of the trail follows a ridge and provides great views of the Bulkley Valley and Hudson Bay Mountain, while the lower part of the trail parallels the shore of Call Lake. It is approximately 700m from the parking lot to the lake via the lower trail.
Please close all gates when entering or leaving the park.
Pets on Leash
Hiking trails from VanGaalen and Mountainview Roads lead visitors to Call Lake and can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
There are also opportunities for ice-skating on Call Lake.
Snowmobiling is allowed along trails within the park and on Call Lake. However, the adjacent Wildlife Habitat Management Area is non-motorized, so snowmobilers must be aware of the park boundary. Within the park, snowmobilers are asked to limit their speed and stay off the outer 20m of the lake to allow room for skiers and snowshoers.
Call Lake is stocked with brook trout and ice fishing is available during the winter season. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.