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Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park
About This Park
Established in June of 1999, Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park surrounds Finger and Tatuk Lakes and extends south to include the smaller Turff, Vance, Cory, Bodley, and Harp Lakes south of the Tatuk Hills. Special Feature: Beautiful series of lakes and regionally significant recreational destination.
Abundant populations of rainbow trout and kokanee are the main attraction for anglers in the area. Guided and resident hunting and boating are also popular pursuits. Diverse and high-value habitat in the park provides for a range of animal species including grizzly and black bear, ungulates, small fur-bearers, waterfowl, shore-birds, and eagles.
There are two resorts within the park. Finger Lake Wilderness Resort is located at the west-end of Finger Lake. Tatuk Lake Outfitters & Wilderness Resort can be found on the northwest shore of Tatuk lake.
Park Size: 17,151 hectares
Know Before You Go
Potable water is not available in the park, but is available at the resorts. BC Parks suggests you bring your own water, or you may obtain drinking water from the nearby resorts.
- Be advised that to get to Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park you must use active forest service roads. Please be alert for industrial traffic and drive at a safe speed with your headlights on.
Location and Maps
To access Finger Lake and the west end of Tatuk Lake, use the Kluskus forest service road near Vanderhoof. Access to the east end of Tatuk Lake is via the Pelican (Prince George) or Bobtail (Highway #16) Forest Service Roads.
Maps and Brochures
- Park Brochure [PDF]
Nature and Culture
- History: The Finger-Tatuk area was first identified as a potential protected area in 1994. The park was legislated in June of 1999, following the recommendations of the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).
- Cultural Heritage: The area around Finger and Tatuk Lakes was heavily used in earlier times by various Carrier First Nations. Food cache pits, culturally altered trees, traditional trails, and lodge or “kickwillie” depressions have been documented within the park. A village site near Tatuk Lake was the subject of an archaeological dig in the 1970s. In the early 1900s, the area was sporadically populated by trappers, ranchers and fur-farmers. The Batnuni Wagon Trail ran through the southeast part of the park connecting to the Meridian road. The Frontier Cattle Company drove their herds from the Home Ranch through this area, which Rich Hobson's books later documented. All natural and cultural resources are protected in the park. Damage to, collection or removal of any natural resource or cultural artifact is prohibited.
- Conservation: Finger-Tatuk Provincial Park protects one of the best representations of sub-boreal spruce and Englemann spruce/sub-alpine fir within the Nazko Upland. The area also contributes to the maintenance of local and provincial biological diversity. A wide range of lake sizes across a landscape interconnected by wetland riparian corridors provides important wildlife habitat features. The kokanee run each fall in Finger Creek is regionally significant.
- Wildlife: Wild rainbow trout and kokanee are abundant in the area, and the diverse and high-value habitat in the park provide for a range of animal species including grizzly and black bear, ungulates, small fur-bearers, waterfowl, shore-birds, and eagles.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Ice-fishing is allowed in the park during the winter season but best to check with the resorts. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.