Homathko River - Tatlayoko Protected Area
- As of August 2, 2016: A small forest fire within the Protected Area (PA) is burning in the vicinity of Dumbell Lake. Backcountry travel into the Mosley Creek drainage (West branch of the PA) is not advised at this time.
About This Protected AreaHomathko River-Tatlayoko Protected Area comprises 17,575 hectares of diverse landscape, incorporating low elevation coastal rainforests and wetlands. Unique features of the surrounding area include the spectacular Waddington Canyon on the Homathko River, extensive icefields, and the aquamarine Tatlayoko Lake, with its impressive mountain backdrop. The Protected Area also incorporates valuable wildlife habitat, including the Mosley Creek wetlands and valley migration corridors through the Coast Range.
Homathko River-Tatlayoko Protected Area was designated through the Cariboo Chilcotin Land Use Plan. The spectacular mountain scenery of the area offers remote recreational opportunities for the experienced backcountry user, ranging from hiking, kayaking, and mountaineering to photography and wildlife viewing.
The Homathko River-Tatlayoko Protected Area is a spectacular wilderness area, but is remote and access is difficult. There are no trails or roads within the Protected Area. Tatlayoko Lake is accessible by boat, and there is a road and a forestry recreation site along the eastern shore of the lake. There are boating opportunities on Tatlayoko Lake, and consistent afternoon thermal winds also create good windsurfing conditions. The Homathko River is considered too dangerous for canoeists, kayakers, or rafters.
Established Date: February 14, 1996
Park Size: 34,109 hectares
- High winds can make the lake hazardous to small boats; stay close to shore.
- The Homathko River is too rough for whitewater rafting and kayaking.
- Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
- Campfires are not permitted.
- There are no developed trails at this 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.
The Protected Area is located approximately 175 km west of Williams Lake and 30 km south of Tatla Lake. The area can be accessed by gravel road off Highway 20 near Tatla Lake. For additional map information, please refer to topographical map numbers: 1:50,000 92N/6, 92N/7, 92N/8, 92N/9, 92N/11, and 92N/2.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.