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Kluskoil Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
December 5, 2017: Park has been reopened
This park was burnt over by the 2017 wildfires. With the exceptions listed below, the park has now been reopened.
- The Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail is closed from the 104 km mark to the western boundary of the park (114 km mark). This closure is due to fire damage sustained in the 2017 fire season and is to ensure visitor safety.
CAUTION – be advised that there are significant risks associated with entering areas that have been burnt over by the 2017 wildfires. Potential risks could include:
- danger trees and overhead hazards – the integrity of trees whose trunks, roots or branches have been damaged by wildfire is unreliable
- terrain instability resulting in landslides and falling or shifting debris and rock
- amplified runoff after rainfall or snowmelt which could result in a rapid increase of water course depth and flow rates or flooding conditions
- ash pits – may be deep and difficult to see
- respiratory effects caused by breathing soot and charcoal for extended periods of time
Post-wildfire hazards may last for several years or longer after a wildfire and may be triggered at any time with little or no warning.
About This Park
Kluskoil Lake Park provides a variety of recreational opportunities, and protects valuable wildlife habitat in Sub-boreal Pine-Spruce forest and wetlands.
Park Size: 15,548 hectares
- The Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail travels (through Kluskoil Lake Park) from Quesnel to the Bella Coola Valley along the Blackwater River and over the Rainbow Range in Tweedsmuir Park “In the Steps of Alexander Mackenzie” is a trail guide published in 1987, available through bookstores, museums.
Know Before You Go
- The park may be inaccessible in the spring and early summer due to high water levels at the upper crossing of the Euchiniko River, and at various creeks along the trail.
Location and Maps
Kluskoil Lake can also be accessed by float plane. Check the aircraft charter companies in Prince George, Nimpo Lake and Williams Lake for more information.
Kluskoil Lake is a wilderness park; it is recommended that the trail guide and 1:50,000 NTS maps are purchased before planning a trip. The following maps cover the park and are available through Maps BC: 93 G/4 – Coglistiko River; 93 G/5 – Pelican Lake; 93 F/1 – Susha Creek.
Nature and Culture
- History: Kluskoil Lake Park was established as a protected area under the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land Use Plan and designated a Class A park in 1995.
- Cultural Heritage: The trail we now call the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail has been used for centuries by the Nuxalk, Carrier and other aboriginal peoples as a major trade and travel route. Eulachon oil from the Pacific Coast was rendered and carried in cedar boxes along this route, often referred to as the Grease Trail. Dried fish, cedar-bark and berries from the coast were also traded for moose hides, beaver and obsidian from the interior. Many aboriginal people from the Southern Carrier Nation lived seasonally along sections of the trail and continue to do so today. Archaeological research has identified prehistoric sites near or on the trail, with evidence of stone tool use or manufacture and recognized heritage values that go back thousands of years.
Members of the Southern Carrier Nation guided Alexander Mackenzie on this trail in 1793, during his search to find a trade route to the Pacific Coast for the Northwest Company. Mackenzie was the first European to cross North America. Kluskoil Lake Park encompasses only a short portion of the Heritage Trail. Mackenzie and his party of nine men camped in what is now the park, beside the Blackwater River west of Kluskoil Lake, on July 8th, 1793.
- Conservation: A very rough road runs through the park and sections of it travel over the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail. This trail is protected as a historic site under the Heritage Conservation Act. Motor vehicle access is permitted up to the park’s western boundary. Please stay on the road if travelling in a vehicle or ATV. The trail is managed by the Forest Service outside the park.
The park supports numerous wetlands in a rolling landscape, and contains important habitat for moose, fisher, lynx, and aquatic furbearers. It also encompasses two small untouched watersheds that are representative of the region. The Blackwater (West Road) River, its tributaries and Kluskoil Lake support a high diversity of fish species. The Blackwater River is designated as Class II Classified Waters. Please check the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for more information on licensing requirements.
- Wildlife: Hunting is permitted in Kluskoil Lake Park from September 1st to June 30th. Please check the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
Activities Available at this Park
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.