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 79KB].
High Lakes Basin Provincial Park
About This ParkThis park contains a small group of medium-sized lakes containing wild trout stocks. This is unusual in the interior. The park also represents an ecosystem of Engelmann Spruce-Sub-alpine Fir forest on the Nehalliston plateau.
This is a wilderness area with opportunities for hiking and hunting. Some primitive user-maintained camping areas have been established.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 570 hectares
- This is a wilderness area with infrequent Ranger patrols. Visitors must be self-sufficient and have advised a responsible adult of their intended destination and anticipated time of return.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- No firewood is available and no fire rings are installed. If a campfire is used, please keep it small, and ensure it is completely out before you leave. Only wood that is dead and lying on the ground can be used for campfires. Camp stoves are recommended for cooking. Check for campfire bans before entering the backcountry. In some parks, campfires are not permitted at any time.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Established April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: Located on a historic native travel route from Lac des Roches to North Thompson valley.
- Conservation: This park provides protection for a small group of medium-sized lakes, containing wild trout stocks. The park contains a small representative ecosystem of Englemann spruce/sub-alpine fir on the Nehalliston Plateau.
- Wildlife: Wild trout stocks are present in the park.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved High Lakes Basin Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 273.88KB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Canoe/kayak must be carried as no cart-accessible access trails exist.
The lakes contain wild rainbow trout stocks. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There are some primitive, unmarked trails into the park from nearby forestry roads. Contact local fishing resorts or angling guides for advice.
Customary access is by foot or horseback. Please remain on existing trails.
The park is open to hunting. All hunters 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. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There is no viewing platform but there are wildlife viewing opportunities.