For information concerning the Vehicle Accessible Campground:
Kootenay Forest Resources
Phone: (250) 776-7000
Kootenay Forest Resources
Phone: (250) 776-7000
Muncho Lake Provincial Park
About This ParkOnly a few minutes from the Alaska Highway that passes through the park is the serenity and seclusion expected in this area of the north. Some of the most outstanding views of natural beauty anywhere can be experienced at this park. Spectacular folded mountains, bountiful wildlife, brilliantly-colored wildflowers are just a few of the wonders to discover here. In the southern portion of the park, you will see the very impressive geological formations of Folded Mountain towering above the road. Tectonic deformations have folded the limestone giving these mountains their unique appearance. Further along the highway you will have the opportunity to travel across the alluvial fans. Caution should be used if investigating these wonders of nature. Rain high up in the mountains may cause flooding of these areas with little or no warning. Keep an eye open for moose which frequent the many swamps within the park.
Twelve kilometres of jade-colored water will tell you that you have reached Muncho Lake. You have the choice of camping at Strawberry Flats campground or at MacDonald campground, 11 km further north. Recreationists ahoy! Go on a boat tour and learn about the history of the lake - Muncho Lake Tours operates daily trips. The lake’s cold, deep waters, tinted green by minerals, are home to lake trout, arctic grayling, bull trout and whitefish. Toss out a line and try your luck.
There is an excellent chance you will see Stone sheep along the highway. Be sure to check your rear-view mirror before hitting the brakes and give motorists’ ample warning of your intention to stop. The natural beauty of Muncho Lake Provincial Park is sure to be the highlight of your northern adventure.
Park Size: 86,079 hectares
Park Facility Operator Opportunity
Kootenay Park Services is looking for a live in Park Facility Operator for Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Click here for more information.
|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 – September 15
Gate is closed during the off-season; when snow falls.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – September 6|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||30|
|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.|
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.
Nature and Culture
- History: European discovery of the area did not occur until the late 1800s, when trappers, traders and explorers passed through the area. It wasn’t until the building of the Alaska Highway, that the face of Muncho Lake changed dramatically. There are still remnants of the construction features, such as wooden culverts and corduroy roads within the park.
- Cultural Heritage: It is believed that the Kaska Athapaskan Indians camped regularly in the Muncho Lake area.
- Conservation: Spectacular folded mountains and brilliantly-colored wildflowers are just a few of the wonders to discover here. In the southern portion of the park, you will see the very impressive geological formations of Folded Mountain towering above the road.
- Wildlife: Bountiful wildlife can be seen in this park. Keep an eye open for moose which frequent the many swamps within the park, also cariboo. There is an excellent chance you will see Stone sheep along the highway. Reduce your speed when animals are on or near the highway and pull well of the traveled surface of the road if you are photographing them.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 354KB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Click to view a non-government website offering rafting activities in the park: Main Current Rafting Expeditions
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing for lake trout, arctic grayling, bull trout and whitefish is available here. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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. Click to view a non-government website for more hiking information and a published guide of the hiking trails: Northern Rockies Regional District
The park is open to hunting. All hunters to the area should check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations synopsis for more information.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There are SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities in Muncho Lake.
Swimming is allowed in Muncho Lake. There are NO LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY in provincial parks.
There are waterskiing opportunities on Muncho Lake.
There is no viewing platform but there are wildlife viewing opportunities in the park.
There are winter recreation opportunities in the park.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a boat launch at this park.
Cabins / Huts / Yurts
There is a privately owned lodge on Muncho Lake. Click to view a non-government website for more information: Northern Rockies Lodge
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Hand pumps are located throughout the park. The hand pumps are shut off during the off-season.
This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.Overflow Campsite rate:
Walk/Cycle-in Frontcountry Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $5.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
There are wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping sites available.
There are wheelchair accessible opportunities in this park.