Visitors - Important Notice!
As of May
- The Carp Lake access road is now cleared and the wash out is fixed. The park is open and should have full services available by Friday, May 30th.
- CAUTION: The lake is very high and visitors should be cautious when using the boat launch.
famous for its rainbow trout, Carp Lake Provincial Park,
just two hours north of Prince George and nearly in the
centre of the province, offers some of the best fishing in
the Central Interior. The park includes Carp Lake, nearby
War Lake, numerous smaller lakes and streams, and the 8-kilometre
waterway that connects Carp and War Lakes and which forms
the beginning of the McLeod River. The northern shoreline
of Carp Lake has extensive sand beaches with broad belts
sand extending up to 300 meters offshore. The sandy character
of the north shore contrasts with the smooth-bouldered
broken by sand deltas of the spruce-forested south shore
Two popular campgrounds offer
a total of 102 fully maintained campsites. The main Carp
Lake campground has a picnic shelter, horseshoe pits and
an adventure playground to keep the kids busy. Carp Lake
Park is rarely full, except on long weekends. Boaters and
canoeists can choose among three island campsites which
offer secluded camping after a day spent exploring and fishing the
lake's many bays and isolated stretches of shoreline. A
short walk from the park's second primary campground at
War Lake brings visitors to War Falls, a spectacular cascade
of water that comprises two distinct waterfalls separated
by about 100 meters of rushing, white water.
Portions of the original aboriginal route to Fort McLeod
have been developed into an exciting interpretive loop
trail that departs from the main campground; this 3-km
hike also provides access to Rainbow Lake and fine fly
fishing on the McLeod River. Interpretive trail signs
along the trail to first beach, McLeod River Trail and
the War Falls Trail. These signs provide interesting
information about the plants, animals and history of
Carp Lake Provincial Park.
weather pattern at Carp Lake is fairly typical of
the north central region of the province. Summers
are short and relatively cool, with July temperatures
averaging 12-18°C. Evenings may see dramatic temperature
drops. Winter comes early and blankets the area with
snow. January temperatures usually hover between
-12°C and -18°C. Annual precipitation is about 50
cm, of which about 40% is in the form of snow.
Lake Provincial Park is relatively isolated and supplies
nothing but water and firewood. The nearest supplies
are 32 kilometers away in the community of McLeod
Topographic Series Map 93J/14 (Carp Lake) at a scale
of 1:50,000 covers the park area. This map is available
from Government Agents and most map retailers in
Lake Park is two hours drive northwest of Prince George.
The main access road to the park joins Highway 97 (the
John Hart Highway) at the community of McLeod Lake,
141 km north of Prince George. It is 32 km from McLeod
Lake to the Carp Lake Campground. This gravel road
is single lane over part of its length, and has some
rough surfaces and tight corners. The road may not
be suitable for cars or trailers during the spring
break-up period. Some portions of the road must be
shared with industrial traffic. The closest communities,
towns and cities are Prince George, Bear Lake, McLeod
Lake and MacKenzie
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
Visitor Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
are not accepted at this park, all campsites are on a first-come,
first-served basis. For parks that accept reservations
or information on the reservation service, click
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (250) 964-3489
are 102 campsites at this park available on a
first-come, first-served basis. During the winter
months, the main gate is left open. There are
no services but camping is possible at the picnic
shelter as it has a large wood stove.
Lake – There are 12 campsites near the
east end of War Lake. Not suited for long units.
Water pumps, pit toilets, firewood and a car-top
boat launch are provided.
Lake- There are 90 sites at Kettle Bay. Will
accommodate tents and most recreational vehicles.
A playground, horseshoe pitches and picnic
shelter are located within the campground.
Running water, pit toilets and firewood are
provided. Boaters and canoeists can choose
among three island campsites which offer secluded
Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
Senior's Rate (Shoulder Season only):
$7.50 per senior's couple/night
All dates are
subject to change without notice
and Closing Campground Dates: (campground
is accessible but may not offer full
services such as water, security, etc.)
- September 13
Dates with Full Services and Fees:
- September 13
(From September 14, open with no fees, no services until it snows/inaccessible)
Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
camping is allowed, with rudimentary facilities
provided on three islands. The Islands are ‘user-maintained’ sites.
Please bring all your garbage back to the boat
launch for disposal. These sites are only accessed
by boat and there is a self-registration at the
Frontcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night
are group campsites available. Reservations are
is a day-use/picnicking area with picnic tables
and parking area. There is also a large picnic
shelter with a wood stove.
are no wheelchair facilities available at this
water taps are located throughout the park. Taps
are shut off during the off season. There are
also hand-pumps available in the park.
There are 13 pit toilets, no flush toilets.
are no shower facilities at this park.
the collecting season a sani-station/dump is
available at the Carp Lake Campground. Sani-station
Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge
campfires are allowed and campfire rings are
provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors
to conserve wood and protect the environment
by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves
instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park
or you may bring your own wood.Fees for firewood
are set locally and may vary from park to park.
Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be
implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground
cover, please don't gather firewood from the
area around your campsite or elsewhere in the
park (this is a ticketable offence under the
Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat
element for many plants and animals and it adds
organic matter to the soil.
There are no electrical hook-ups in this park.
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs
at this park.
loop trail connects the campground with Rainbow
Lake and with McLeod River, providing access
to fly fishing sites. Also on this trail there
are interpretive signs providing information
on local features. There is also a trail between
Drumlin Bay and Dace Lake that can only be accessed
by boat. Near the eastern entrance to the park
a short trail leads to magnificent War Falls.
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. Click
to view the trail map.
is a playground and horse-shoe pitches at the
Carp Lake Campground.
are two sandy, very attractive beaches at this
park; one is a 20 minute hike and the other is
a 40 minute hike from the Carp Lake campground.
There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial
and kayaking are very popular at this park. The
Islands offer backcountry camping and you can
register at the boat launch at Carp Lake. The
Lake is subject to high winds and consequently
rough waters which can be responsible for swamping
the unwary. Watch the weather and always wear
is a double concrete boat launch at the Carp
Lake Campground that is capable of handling standard
boat trailers, but caution should be exercised.
After launching, trailers and towing vehicles
must be returned to the campground or parking
lot before going boating. There is a gravel car-top
boat launch at War Lake. Power boating is an
enjoyable and popular pastime at Carp Lake, provided
reasonable care is practiced. The lake is subject
to high winds and consequent rough waters which
can be responsible for swamping the unwary. Watch
the weather and always wear your lifejacket.
Powerboat operators are requested to please reduce
speed in Kettle Bay to prevent damage to boats
and equipment and to reduce erosion of the lakeshore.
Lake is legendary for its fine trout fishing.
Mcleod River offers excellent Fly fishing opportunities. Anyone
fishing or angling in British Columbia must have
an appropriate licence. Carp
Lake is popular for ice fishing as long as you
have a snowmobile to travel to this lake; the
main gate is left open during the winter months.
There are no services but camping is possible
under the picnic shelter. It has a large wood
must keep to roadways.
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all
times and are not allowed in beach areas or park
buildings. You are responsible for their behavior
and must dispose of their excrement.
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or
other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential
for problems with bears.
There are no viewing platforms in this park but
there are bridges over wet areas with interpretive
signs highlighting special features and items of
interest, particular to the park. Abundant wildlife
inhabits the park. Larger mammals such as black
bears and deer are often seen. Moose frequently
forage in the marshy areas about the lake and from
time to time may be seen swimming to or from the
islands. Waterfowl are prevalent during migratory
and nesting periods. The haunting cry of the loon
often echoes over the lake. War Falls on the McLeod
River, just downstream from the outlet of War Lake,
are a scenic attraction easily accessible from
the access road. The falls are comprised of two
cascades separated by about 100 meters of rushing,
white water. The upper falls are close to six meters
in height and the lower falls are approximately
12 meters high.
There is the possibility of back-country skiing,
snowshoeing and winter camping in the park. There
are no services but camping is possible under the
picnic shelter which has a large wood stove. In
Prince George and McKenzie, organized clubs have
groomed a network of trails. Snowmobiling is allowed
in the park and most visitors come to ice fish
or sight see; remain on roads that are not plowed
and snowmobile on the lakes. There are organized
snowmobile clubs in Prince George and McKenzie.
No SCUBA diving or snorkeling opportunities.
No windsurfing opportunities.
No waterskiing opportunities.
This Park is open to hunting. Please check the Hunting
and Trapping Regulations for more information.
No climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
No spelunking or caving opportunities.
No cabins, yurts or lodges for public use.