Francois Lake Provincial Park and Protected Area
About This ParkFrancois Lake Park is located at the east end of Francois Lake, protecting 25 km of shoreline and predominantly coniferous forests. Recreation opportunities include boating and fishing on Francois Lake, with rustic camping and picnic facilities in a dramatic viewscape.
The park’s forest and plant life provides a high quality moose winter habitat and is home to a wide range of mammals, birds and fish species.
Size: Park – 7,214 hectares; Protected Area – 29 hectares
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
From Fraser Lake, head west on Hwy 16 for 3.3 km and turn left onto the Francois Lake Road. Follow this for 7.2 km and turn left onto the Nithi Pit Road. Follow this for 1.8 km and turn right onto Dahlgren Road. Follow this road for 4.4 km around the east end of Francois Lake to the campsite.
From Burns Lake, drive east along Hwy 16 to Endako. On the east side of Endako, head south on the Endako Mine Road to the Francois Lake Road. Turn left on this road, follow it through Glennanan, over the Stellako River, and 2.75 km further to the Nithi Pit Road. See the directions above for Fraser Lake for the rest.
Nature and Culture
- History: Francois Lake Park was protected by the provincial government in 1999 following recommendations of the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: The Francois Lake area has an abundant First Nations history. Along with the adjacent Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park, the area includes land claims from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council. The various bands with an interest in the greater Francois Lake and Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park include Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en Band, Stellat’en First Nation, Burns Lake Band, Nee Tahi Buhn Band, and Skin Tyee Band. The area was traditionally used by the First Nations people for hunting, fishing and gathering and many culturally modified trees have been located in the park. A major First Nations village site was located at Anjur Bay. Trails throughout the park may have been part of a grease trail linking coastal and interior First Nations people.
- Conservation: Francois Lake Park is located within the Bukley Basin Ecosection and protects important habitat, including riparian zones, to many wildlife species. Remnant productive low-elevation old-growth forest is found near the lakeshore due to an unusual microclimate. Along with Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park to the west, Francois Lake Park protects a 47 km long corridor along the south shore of Francois Lake, and retains connectivity between riparian and upland ecosystems. Rare plant species and plant communities are found within the park.
- Wildlife: Deer, moose and black bear are among the large mammals whose habitat is protected in the park, while sockeye salmon rearing and migrating habitat is found near the lakeshore.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Management Direction Statement [PDF 661.86KB] for Francois Lake Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Francois Lake is a large body of water that can experience quick weather changes and rough water. Take caution when paddling.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
3.1 km past the Sawmill Point Campsite is the Black Point Trailhead. The first kilometre of trail winds through mature timber to the shore of Francois Lake. Follow the shore north for another 0.5 km to reach the Black Point viewpoint and a picnic site.
- Google Earth KMZ file of the Black Point Trail, must have Google Earth and/or and Google Maps installed.
Horses and/or horseback riding are allowed.
Hunting is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulation synopsis.
Pets on Leash
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 behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There are swimming opportunities at the park. There are no lifeguards in provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
A gravel boat launch is available at Sawmill Point. Public boat launches are available at each of the public ferry landings outside the park.
Campfires are permitted in fire rings. Please bring your own firewood. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Day-use/picnic areas are available at Sawmill Point and Black Point.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit toilets are provided in the campground. There are no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 3 vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted. Rustic camping is available at Sawmill Point. Facilities include fire rings, pit toilets, picnic tables and a gravel boat ramp.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.