Please boat and water ski with care. Areas around docking and launching facilities are not suitable for water skiing. Please avoid them.
Northwest Escapes Ltd
Lakelse Gate house: 250 798-2466
Lakelse Park Manager cell: 250 641-0480
Lakelse Park Patrol cell: 250 615-9250
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office / Winter: Phone: 250 638-8490
Lakelse Lake Provincial Park
- Motor boats are to avoid the entrances of Ena, Andalas and Clearwater Creeks, at the south end of Lakelse Lake. Please see the attached brochure for more details and explanation. [PDF 462KB]
About This ParkLakelse Lake Provincial Park is situated in the Skeena River Watershed and is surrounded by the mountains of the Kitimat Range. The park preserves stands of impressive old growth cedar, hemlock and Sitka spruce forests which thrive in the moist air swept in from the Pacific Ocean. Salmon-bearing streams, sandy beaches, water sports and wildlife are some attractions this park offers.
Park Size: 354 hectares
- licenced motor vehicles, including motorcycles, are restricted to vehicle roads and parking areas. Please keep vehicles and equipment on the camp pads or driveways. Unlicenced vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles, are not permitted in the park.
- For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Lakelse Lake Park is closed to hunting.
| 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 8 – September 15|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 8 – September 15|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 15 – September 13|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||156|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|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 and group site 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.
Group Camp/Picnic Reservations:
Group campsite and/or group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting May 8 to September 13.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Area map - Douglas Channel Area Parks and Protected Areas [PDF 1.86MB]
- Lakelse Lake Park Map [PDF 255KB]
- Lakelse Lake Campground Map [PDF 556KB]
- Park Information Brochure [PDF 412KB]
Nature and Culture
- History: The word “Lakelse” comes from the Tsimshian language meaning “fresh water mussel”, for the mollusk that is found on the bottom of both Lakelse Lake and River. Prior to Lakelse Lake becoming a provincial park, Hatchery Creek, which runs throughout the park, was the site of a sockeye salmon hatchery operated by the Canadian Government between 1919 and 1936. Lakelse Lake Provincial Park was established on March 16, 1956.
- Wildlife: Within this old growth coastal forest, diverse wildlife populations and plant communities exist. The Kermodei bear, a white species of black bear, is native to the area. Coyote, moose, wolf, cougar, and many other mammals are also in the area.
About 100 bird species have been counted in the area, including Canada geese, bald eagles, ospreys and trumpeter swans. This swan is the largest species of North American waterfowl and was once on the brink of extinction. A good sized group of them spends the winter at Lakelse Lake.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Lakelse Lake Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF 154.53KB] is available in pdf format.
Because of the large size of the maps, they are listed separately.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
10,11,33,34,39,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51. There is an additional electrical service charge of $5/night (includes tax) for these sites (whether the power is in use or not).
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $100.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The following 16 campsites on the gravel side of Furlong Bay Campground have RV electrical outlets (120 V; 30 Amp; 60 Hz): 10,11,33,34,39,41,42,43,44,45,46,47,48,49,50,51. Be aware there is an additional electrical service charge of $5/night (includes tax) for these sites (whether the power is in use or not).
The park has a gatehouse and gate that is locked from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am. There is one pay phone at Lakelse Lake Park and the nearest store is approximately 20 km away in Terrace.