This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].
Visitor InformationWatch for river hazards such as sweepers (trees hanging into the water), deadheads (submerged trees), sand and gravel bars, and high water during spring runoff or heavy rains.
Swimming is not recommended, due to high volume water flow with dangerous currents.
Watch for river hazards such as sweepers (trees hanging into the water), deadheads (submerged trees), sand and gravel bars, and high water during spring runoff or heavy rains.
Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Cariboo River Provincial Park
About This ParkThis linear park protects a large portion of the upper Cariboo River and surrounding wetlands, from Kimball Lake downstream to where the river enters Cariboo Lake. It is critical habitat for wildlife, especially moose and waterfowl.
The waterfalls, old-growth and estuaries at this park can be accessed via canoe or power boat. The park provides opportunities for water-based recreation: canoeing, rafting and power boating.
This park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled.
Park Size: 3,211 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Bowron Lake/Cariboo Mountains/Cariboo River Provincial Parks is now available in PDF format. Because of the large size of the file, the plan is divided into separate section, map and plate files for ease of access:
- Table of Contents, Acknowledgements, Plan Highlights & 1.0 Introduction [PDF]
- 2.0 The Role of the Protected Areas [PDF]
- 3.0 Protected Area Zoning [PDF]
- 4.0 Natural, Cultural Heritage and Recreational Values Management [PDF]
- 5.0 Communications, 6.0 Monitoring Strategy, and 7.0 Plan Implementation [PDF]
- List of Plates & Appendices [PDF] - See list of clickable plates below
- Regional Context and Ecosections Map [PDF 1,921KB]
- Zoning Map [PDF]
- Tenures Map [PDF 1,151KB]
- Forest Health and Fire Management Zones [PDF]
- Commercial Recreation Opportunities and Public Use Targets [PDF]
Plate 1 [PDF] - The dramatic landscape around Mitchell Lake in Cariboo Mountains Park.
Plate 2 [PDF] - Avalanche tracks at the headwaters of the Mitchell River in Cariboo Mountains Park.
Plate 3 [PDF] - Looking south down Niagara Creek in Cariboo Mountains Park.
Plate 4 [PDF] - Looking east into the Betty Wendle addition to Bowron Lake Park.
Plate 5 [PDF] - Looking northeast in the Cariboo River addition to Bowron Lake Park.
Plate 6 [PDF] - Looking northeast in the Wolverine addition to Bowron Lake Park.
Plate 7 [PDF] - Looking northeast across the Matthew River Valley into Ghost Lake. Photo courtesy of Don Olesiuk
Plate 8 [PDF] - Looking south down Cariboo River Park.
Plate 9 [PDF]- Typical backcountry in Cariboo Mountains Park.
Plate 10 [PDF] - Canoeist preparing to enter Kibbee Lake. Photo courtesy of Peter Tasker.
Plate 11 [PDF] - Looking east up the headwaters of Bowron Lake Park
Plate 12 [PDF] - Looking east into Upper Niagara Creek in Cariboo Mountains Park
Plate 13 [PDF] - The Mitchell River wetlands.
Plate 14 [PDF] - Looking west down Ghost Lake in the Natural Environment Zone.
Plate 15 [PDF] - The Bowron Lake campground in 1973. Photo courtesy of Peter Tasker.
Plate 16 [PDF] - Looking east down Mitchell Lake. Mitchell River in foreground.
Plate 17 [PDF] - Looking west over Summit and Stranger Lakes at Quesnel Lake in background.
Plate 18 [PDF] - Cow moose feeding in the Bowron wetlands.
Plate 19 [PDF] - The Bowron Lake wetlands.
Plate 20 [PDF] - Looking northeast across Isaac Lake up the Wolverine Creek. Anonymous.
Plate 21 [PDF] - Twin Lakes in the alpine of Cariboo Mountains Park and Wells Gray Park.
Plate 22 [PDF] - One of the old trapper cabins located around the Bowron canoe circuit at McLeary Lake. Photo courtesy of Leif Grandell.
Plate 23 [PDF] - Trails on the Bowron Circuit have been vastly improved from the knee high mud that existed in 1973. Photo courtesy of Peter Tasker.
Plate 24 [PDF] - The west side of the Bowron Lake canoe circuit. Photo courtesy of Don Olesiuk
Plate 25 [PDF] - A side valley draining into the Matthew River Valley from Cariboo Mountains Park.
Activities Available at this Park
Only paddlers experienced with moving water should attempt this section of the Cariboo River (which is mellow compared with some sections outside the park). Wear approved PFDs and watch for deadheads and sweepers.
Fish for rainbow trout and bull trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The park is open to hunting. Please check the Hunting and Trapping regulations for more information.
Visitors can cross-country ski or snowshoe in the park but there are no set trails.
Facilities Available at this Park
The boat launch is gravel and may be flooded at high water. It is next to the bridge by the information shelter. The road access is narrow and confined.
While campfires are permitted, it is preferable to use a camp stove, since this is a fragile environment. If you must have a fire, bring your own firewood or use only dead and down wood. Please use existing campfire rings, do not build new ones.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. There is an information shelter at the Cariboo River crossing on the 3100 Road.