Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
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Facilities Available at this Park

Nation Lakes Provincial Park

  • Please Note the following Provincial Park sites have been updated as of September 2014:

    • Progress Point campsite on Tchentlo Lake has a toilet installed and is maintained with a picnic table and fire ring.
    • Tchentlo campsite on Tchentlo Lake has been updated and maintained with three picnic tables and an outhouse.
    • Limestone and Indata campsites on Indata Lake has been updated and maintained, each with a picnic table, outhouse and fire ring.

About This Park

Campsite on Tsayta Lake Nation Lakes offers a 120 kilometre route to canoeists through four spectacular lakes – Tsayta, Indata, Tchentlo and Chuchi. The Nation Lakes chain connects these lakes which drain into the Arctic watershed. The Park encompasses Tsayta and Indata lakes plus several small parcels of land on Tchentlo and Chuchi lakes.

Depending on how quickly you travel, canoeing the lake chain in its entirety takes between five and ten days. At various locations along the lake chain you will find both rustic Provincial Park campsites and Forest Service Recreation campsites for canoeists to rest and enjoy the amazing sunsets.

There are four road locations that provide canoe access to the Nation Lakes chain:
  • Northwest end of Tsayta Lake
  • Southeast end of Chuchi Lake
  • North side of Chuchi Lake
  • North end of Tchentlo Lake
Nation Lakes Park was established in 2004 as a result of the Fort St. James Land Resource Management Plan. The Park is located approximately 260 km northwest of Prince George. Connected by the Nation River, the chain of lakes provides a peaceful and remote wilderness canoe route for paddlers. For centuries the Carrier people have lived here and travelled this route and continue to do so.

Park Size: 19,398 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Any person acting as a guide or offering guiding services in Nation Lakes Provincial Park must hold a valid Park Use Permit (Park, Conservancy and Recreation Area Regulation, Section 4).
  • Please pack out your garbage and do not leave fires unattended.
  • Be bear aware. Store food where bears cannot reach it, and do not keep food in your tent.
  • During summer months the river may not be accessible by motor boat due to shallow water. At any time of year there may also be hazards in the river associated with log jams and fallen trees.
  • During May and June, flooding may cause some campsites to be inaccessible.
  • Be cautious of strong winds on the lakes and consider paddling near the shoreline.
  • Fishing and hunting are permitted in accordance with BC Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations and the Hunting and Trapping Regulations. You must carry a valid fishing or hunting license.
  • Take care to remove valuables from your vehicle if leaving it parked somewhere.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. To access the northwest end of Tsayta Lake drive west on Highway 16 from Prince George. Head north on Highway 27 near Vanderhoof to Fort St. James. Take the Tachie Highway for 40 km to the Leo Creek Forest Service Road (FSR), then follow the Leo Creek FSR for 68 km to the Driftwood FSR. Take the Driftwood FSR for 54.5 km to the Fall-Tsayta FSR. Turn right and drive approximately 5 km.

National Topographic Series 1:50,000 maps of the park are available at most BC map retailers. While they may be of interest, they are not necessary for people attempting the Canoe Circuit, as the park map and brochure are sufficient for navigation. Relevant maps are 93N1, 93N2, 93N3, 93N5 and 93N6.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Bathymetric Maps:
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Nature and Culture

Nation Lakes Park was established in 2004 as a result of the Fort St. James Land Resource Management Plan.
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Management Planning

General Management Planning information
  • Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Offers a 120 kilometre route to canoeists through four spectacular lakes – Tsayta, Indata, Tchentlo and Chuchi. Depending on how quickly you travel, canoeing the lake chain in its entirety takes between five and ten days. At various locations along the lake chain you will find both rustic Provincial Park campsites and Forest Service Recreation campsites for canoeists to rest and enjoy the amazing sunsets. Please read the following Important Notice [PDF 56KB] if wishing to visit this park.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Fish species include rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and lake trout.

Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Swimming

Swimming

There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks. Along the chain there are many sandy beaches to enjoy.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities in this park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Campfires

Campfires

While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided at each designated campsite. If you must use a campfire, please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

At various locations along the lake chain you will find both rustic Provincial Park campsites and Forest Service Recreation campsites for canoeists to rest.