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Lakelse Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Gruchy's Beach Day Use Access Interruptions in June and July
The Ministry of Transportation will be doing geotechnical drilling of two test holes adjacent to Highway 37 and near the park access road to Gruchy’s Beach Day Use Area. Site preparation is planned for around mid June and the drilling is scheduled for late June/early July 2019. As a result, there may be temporary delays or restricted access to Gruchy’s Beach Day Use Area while these works are underway. BC Parks apologizes for this inconvenience to our park visitors and reminds motorists to slow down in highway work zones.
About This Park
Lakelse 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.
Established Date: March 16, 1956
Park Size: 354 hectares
New features available
- Visitor Centre
Know Before You Go
- For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Lakelse Lake Park is closed to hunting.
- Please boat and water ski with care. Areas around docking and launching facilities are not suitable for water skiing; please avoid them.
- 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.
All 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.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
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 Planning Information
- Approved Lakelse Lake Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF] 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.
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 $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.