This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
Silvertip Park Services Ltd.
Phone: 250 320-9305
Horsefly Lake Provincial Park
Know Before You GoThere is no sani-station available within the park, but the local community has sani-station services available.
About This Park
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
- 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.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|May 15 – September 15 (Gate is closed during the off-season)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 15 – September 15|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 15 – September 3|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||23 vehicle accessible
7 walk-in sites are first come, first served
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
For map information, please refer to topographical map numbers: 1:50,000 92P/11.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Campground Map [PDF 51KB]
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.
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Canoes, paddle boats, and a power boat can be rented from the Park Operator.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
This is a large, deep lake and is usually fished on a troll – included nearby are a number of smaller lakes excellent for fly-fishing; fishing for rainbow trout is a favourite pastime of many visitors. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is a 1.2 km hiking trail to a view point above the lake where there are 2 benches to sit on. The trail is of moderate hiking with some steep elevation changes. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
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 are SCUBA diving opportunities in Horsefly Lake.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There is a swimming beach with change rooms and the swimming area is roped off. Be cautious of the steep drop off. There are snorkelling and SCUBA opportunities but no rental places nearby.
Waterskiing is a popular activity on Horsefly Lake.
The trail up to the viewpoint, looks out over the lake.
There is a possibility to windsurf on Horsefly Lake.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a single-wide concrete boat launch at this park. It is located at the far end of the campground. There is parking available for vehicle/boat trailers and it is possible to leave them overnight there. Boats should not be left in the water or beached overnight.
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park; one at the entrance and one at the boat launch area. Taps are shut off during the off-season. Water taps do not have hose hook-ups for campers/trailers.
This park has a day-use/picnic area. It is a grassy area with a pebbly beach on the lake. There are two change houses, horseshoe pits, basketball net, feather ball, BBQ, and a dock for swimming. Firewood is available for purchase.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has only pit toilets which are located throughout the campground.
This park has a play area composed of a basketball hoop, feather ball and horseshoe pit. These are located in the day-use area.
There is a coin operated shower and laundry facilities at the Park Operator’s site.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 23 vehicle accessible campsites – with both first come first served and reservable campsites. There is a mixture of 23 shaded, treed, and open sites, most of medium size, 1 of which is a double site. There are no pull through sites but the overflow area is a large grassy area where large rigs will fit. There are also 7 tent sites on the lakeside and parking available for extra vehicles.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
There are seven (7) walk-in tent sites situated along the shoreline of the lake.
Walk-in/Wilderness Camping Fee: $23.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
There is one pit toilet at the campground with wheelchair accessibility.