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Nahatlatch Provincial Park and Protected Area
About This Park
Nahatlach Provincial Park is characterized by scenic mountain peaks and glaciers, old growth forests, and a unique lake and river system. Nahatlatch protects one of the largest intact wetlands remaining in the Lower Mainland. A series of small streams flow into, out of, and between the three lakes in the park; Frances, Hannah, and Nahatlach. Their waters drain into the Nahatlach River, which is 20 km upstream from its confluence with the Fraser.
The powerful Nahatlach River features a spectacular series of rapids, ideal for river rafting and kayaking. Those seeking a more tranquil experience will enjoy canoeing around and between the placid lakes, swimming in the backwater pools, and fishing along the lakeshores. Other activities for summer recreationists include backcountry hiking, and bird and wildlife viewing, and camping in a rustic setting.
Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by a community, society or other partner. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Established Date: June 29, 1999
Park Size: 1,695 hectares
Know Before You Go
Access to this park is via an active logging road, which is usually busy Monday through Friday. Sections of this road are narrow, hilly, rough, and can be very dusty. Please drive carefully.
- Caution is advised when canoeing/kayaking the river.
- Water is available from the lakes and various creeks in the area. All water should be treated or boiled before consuming.
- ATVs are not allowed in the park.
Location and Maps
Directions to Nahatlach Provincial Park
- From the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1), turn west on Boston Bar Station Road, where a big sign directs traffic to North Bend.
- Turn right on Chaumox Road and cross the bridge to the west side of the Fraser River, and stay on Chaumox Road. Chaumox Road turns into Nahatlatch Forest Service Road about 10.5 km out of North Bend.
- The park entrance is located on Nahatlach Road approximately 26.5 km northwest of Boston Bar. It is identified with a park information shelter.
To Nahatlach – zeroed from the intersection of Chaumox Road and North Bend Station Road:
|0 km||Chaumox Road at North Bend Station Road|
|9.2 km||Road junction, keep left (park’s directional sign)|
|10.6 km||Road junction, keep right (park’s directional sign); road turns into Nahatlatch Forest Service Road|
|13 km||Road to the right to private property and river access; stay on the main road.|
|15 km||Cross 4 Barrel Mainline Road (to REO Rafting Resort) and Keefers Road, then keep left at the fork.|
|23.7 km||Road junction, keep left (Kookpi Creek Forest Service Road)|
|24.1 km||Continue Straight. (Log Creek Bridge and Forest Service Campsite, Log Creek Forest Service Road.)|
|25.6 km||Frances Lake Campsite (entering Provincial Park)|
|26.9 km||Hannah Lake Campsite|
|26.6 km||Ranger Station Campsite|
|29.5 km||Nahatlatch Lake Campsite|
|31 km||Salmon Beach Campsite|
|31.1 km||Rough Boat Launch Area|
|33.5 km||Squakum Creek Campsite|
|35 km||High Bench Lookout|
|40.2 km||Road to river and old trapper’s cabin and REO rafting take out|
|41.1 km||Continue Straight|
|42 km||FRBC Road, salmon spawning area, new gate|
|42.4 km||Continue Straight|
|42.5 km||Bridge over Tachewana Creek|
|43 km||Road hard left down to creek, another road possible to river|
|44 km||Continue Straight|
|46.2 km||Continue Straight|
|48.8 km||Gated bridge over Nahatlatch River, trail to Mehatl Creek falls from log sort|
|49.2 km||After crossing the bridge, turn left to get to Grizzly Falls (2 km to falls)|
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Nahatlatch Provincial Park was designated to park status July, 1999.
- Cultural Heritage: The park area is the traditional territory of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, who have occupied the area for thousands of years.
Conservation: The park lies in a transition zone that exhibits both coastal and interior characteristics. Lower elevations are noted for stands of coastal western hemlock and interior Douglas-fir. Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and mountain hemlock can be found at higher elevation, and above those, alpine tundra. Many of the stands in the subalpine environment are old growth forests.
Nahatlatch protects one of the largest intact wetlands remaining in the Lower Mainland. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park's natural heritage. Please do not damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: In combination with the Mehatl and Stein protected areas, Nahatlatch offers habitat for species that are dependent on old growth ecosystems and a high degree of wilderness. A variety of wildlife can be found in the park, including grizzly bears, black bears, lynx, cougars, wolves, coyotes, and deer. Smaller species and birds include beaver, bald eagles, and osprey. Spotted owls are found in the valley. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
The approved Nahatlatch Park and Protected Area Management Direction Statement [PDF] is now available. For ease of download, the following figures are attached separately:
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Sites at Francis and Hanna Lake can accommodate one camping party each. The ranger cabin site accommodates one party with the opportunity to stay inside the cabin. Nahatlatch has three camp sites. Salmon Beach has two camp sites. Squakum has eleven camp sites. All sites are situated in treed areas, on the shores of the lake.
Most visitors camp in either tents or campers. Because the access road to the park can be very rough, very few camp in trailers or 5th wheels. Long weekends are very busy at this park. The closest phone and shopping facilities are at Boston Bar.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night