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Moberly Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
January 28, 2019: Volunteer park host opportunity
Volunteer park host opportunities are currently available at this park.
About This Park
Moberly Lake Provincial Park is situated on the southern shore of Moberly Lake which is situated on the boundary between the Rocky Mountain foothills to the west and the Peace plateau to the east. The lake itself lies in a broad shallow valley of the Moberly River, about 96 km from its junction with the Peace River.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the lakeshore and pull up a bench to watch the sunset. Stop and visit the park’s interpretation kiosk to learn about the local flora, fauna and history. While you are there, take time to listen to the loons or look overhead for bald eagles. Head down to the lake for a swim or to test your luck fishing for northern pike, bull trout, lake trout and lake whitefish.
Established Date: May 31, 1966
Park Size: 98 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles and side-by-sides.
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Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: 65 million years ago, Moberly Lake was part of the shore of a great inland sea. The Rocky Mountains and Prairies did not exist and the land was inhabited with dinosaurs such as tyrannosaurus, anklyosaurus, triceratops, parasaurolophus, elasmosaurus and pteranodon.
Moberly Lake held a special meaning to the Denne-za First Nations people, as it was known to them as “the lake you can depend on.” It meant that the people could always return to Moberly Lake since food sources there were always plentiful and reliable.
To some of the Dunne-za First Nations, Moberly Lake held another mystery. It was also known as “the lake with a hole through it” or “the lake with no bottom.” There is a legend that is often told of an ancient creature that surfaces from time to time a long, long time ago.
The lake was named for Harry Moberly, chief trade with the Hudson’s Bay Company. He left the Company in 1865 and settled down on the north shore of Moberly Lake until 1868. In 1870, he rejoined the Company to complete a total of 37 years of faithful service.
- Conservation: Moberly Provincial Park is covered with a fairly dense stand of white spruce interspersed with trembling aspen and balsam poplar. Large cottonwoods occupy much of the low lying areas. Shrubs common to the park include wild sasparilla, prickly rose, black twinberry, currant, highbush cranberry, twinflower and dwarf red blackberry.
- Wildlife: Moose and black bear are the only large animals that frequent the park. Smaller mammals like the red squirrel, snowshoe hare, muskrat and beaver are more likely to be seen. More than 25 species of birds including the common loon, bald eagle, American kestrel, spotted sandpiper, herring gull and belted kingfisher have been recorded in the park.
Moberly Lake and the Peace River district are very special areas for songbirds. The black-capped chickadee, Tennessee warbler, red-eyed vireo, red-winged blackbird, Wilson’s warbler, white crowned sparrow, purple finch, dark-eyed junco, American robin, Swainson’s thrush, yellow warbler and American redstart are just some songbirds can often be seen flitting among the willow and red-oiser dogwood that grown along the shores of the lake.
Moberly Lake is a productive lake for Northern pike, bull trout, Arctic grayling, lake whitefish, lake and mountain whitefish, longnose sucker and white sucker. Please comply with all fishing regulations to help protect some of B.C.’s unique species.