Please boat and water ski with care. Areas around docking and launching facilities are not suitable for water skiing. Please avoid them.
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
Northwest Escapes Ltd.
Lakelse Gate house:
Lakelse Park Patrol cell:
Lakelse Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- BC Parks intends to apply for the following restrictions to be submitted for Transport Canada’s consideration during winter 2016/17:
- Only motors of less than 10 HP permitted within the Lakelse Wetlands boating restriction area (south of the red line on the attached map [PDF 612KB]).
- The applied for restriction will be seasonal in nature and apply from March 1st to October 1st.
- 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]
- Personal watercrafts (PWC) and motorized vessels are to avoid accessing Clearwater and Andalas Creeks to prevent disturbing and displacing waterfowl and wildlife in the Park. Signs are posted near the entrances of these two creeks.
About This Park
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.
Established Date: March 16, 1956
Park Size: 354 hectares
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times, including Gruchy’s Beach Trail. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
- 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 12 – September 17|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 12 – September 17|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 12 – September 16|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||156|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
||The campgrounds are 100% reservable.|
|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 12 to September 9.
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, 25-34, 39, 41-51, 110-123, 129-133, 136-138, 144-147.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers reservable vehicle accessible campsites in Furlong Bay Campground. The campground is half paved and half gravel and there are 16 double sites. The campsites can accommodate RVs and are shaded/treed. Parking is available for extra vehicles.
The park has a gatehouse and gate that is locked from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am. The nearest store is approximately 20 km away in Terrace.
As the campground is 100% reservable, you must register at the gatehouse during gatehouse hours. Outside of gatehouse hours, register with the park operator at campsite #21 before occupying a campsite.