Gold Muchalat Provincial Park
About This Park
Gold Muchalat Provincial Park, located northwest of Gold River on central Vancouver Island, offers a pristine wilderness environment for sports fishing, wildlife viewing and rustic hiking.
This undeveloped park provides key winter habitat for Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer and is home to the Marbled Murrelet and a variety of fish species. Sockeye salmon spawn in the Muchalat River. Summer steelhead, Rainbow trout and coho can be found in both the Muchalat and Gold Rivers, which run through the park.
A trans-valley corridor of old-growth Douglas fir and Western hemlock is protected within the boundaries of this rugged park, which has no developed facilities. A user-made trail meanders along the river's edge and deactivated logging roads allow foot access into the more heavily forested areas of the park, which was established in 1996.
Park Size: 653 hectares
Logging trucks frequently travel through the park. Use caution when traveling on logging roads. Drive with headlights on and be prepared to pull over out of the way of the logging trucks. Logging trucks have the right of way at all times.
Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. Surface water from the river and streams must be well boiled, filtered or treated prior to consumption.
Swimming the Gold and Muchalat Rivers is not recommended due to strong water flow. There are no lifeguards on duty in provincial parks.
Location and Maps
The park is located on the Gold and Muchalat Rivers, approximately 15 km northeast of the town of Gold River on north-central Vancouver Island. Access is via the road to Woss Lake from Gold River. Other logging roads run through the park.
Nature and Culture
- Conservation/Wildlife - Gold Muchalat Provincial Park protects important habitat for the Marbled Murrelet, black-tailed deer and Roosevelt elk. Sockeye salmon spawn in the Muchalat River, while summer steelhead, Rainbow trout and coho can be found in both the Muchalat River and Gold River. A trans-valley corridor of old-growth Douglas fir and Western hemlock are also protected.
- The approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.