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Horsefly Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
This park offers a popular 23 site campground and day-use area which has a developed beach, a horseshoe pit and a nature trail. Some activities offered include hiking, exploring and fishing. This is a large, deep lake and is usually fished on a troll – included are a number of smaller lakes excellent for fly-fishing. Fishing for rainbow trout is a favourite pastime of many visitors.
Fir, spruce, birch and cedar clothe the slopes along the lower reaches of Dillabough Creek at the west end of Horsefly Lake – a semi-wilderness water body penetrating the Quesnel Highlands. There are old growth cedars and Douglas firs throughout the park. There are two unnamed lakes in the park, once the site of a hatchery operated to restore the run of sockeye to the Horsefly River.
Established Date: August 15, 1974
Park Size: 186 hectares
Know Before You Go
- The park supports multiple lake-oriented activities. Please adopt safe boating procedures at all times, and be aware of swimmers, canoeists and kayakers.
- ORVs are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side by sides.
- There is no sani-station available within the park, but the local community has sani-station services available.
Location and Maps
For map information, please refer to topographical map numbers: 1:50,000 92P/11.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: There are historical features and fossil beds to explore near the park; the Park Facility Operator can provide further details. The park itself was established in August of 1974 as a high recreational value area. Prior to this, a small fish hatchery operated in the area now protected as park and evidence of the old spawning channel can still be seen.
- Conservation: Horsefly Lake Provincial Park incorporates a large, deep lake surrounded by diverse landscape and vegetation. Wetbelt forests of cedar, hemlock, spruce, and birch surround the lake, while pine and Douglas-fir forests inhabit drier sites.
- Wildlife: Wildlife species found in the park include moose, mule deer, coyotes, black bear, cougar and a number of small mammals, while wolves may be found in surrounding areas. Horsefly and other smaller lakes in the area support healthy populations of rainbow trout and amphibians can be found in lake and wetland areas. While the park’s name leads many to expect an unpleasant camping experience, there are relatively few biting flies in the park. Just outside the community of Horsefly, there are spawning channels on the Horsefly River with dyked paths for viewing. The channels provide spawning beds for sockeye salmon that travel up the Fraser River to the Quesnel River, Quesnel Lake and finally to the Horsefly River to spawn. The best time to see these brilliant red and green salmon is mid-September.