Nation Lakes Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
BC Parks has closed Techentlo and Indata Lakes through a Directors Order. Travel and use of these lakes is closed at this time due to the remoteness of the canoe route. The Directors Order also covers a portion of the Driftwood and Tchentlo Forest Service Roads which are the main accesses to the park as the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has issued an Evacuation Order due to the Purvis Lake Fire.
Please note the following provincial park sites have been updated as of September 2014:
- Progress Point Campsite on Tchentlo Lake is maintained and has a toilet, picnic table and fire ring.
- Tchentlo Campsite on Tchentlo Lake is maintained, has been updated, includes three picnic tables and an outhouse.
- Limestone and Indata Campsites on Indata Lake are maintained, have been updated, and each have a picnic table, outhouse and fire ring.
About This Park
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
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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 BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and CultureNation Lakes Park was established in 2004 as a result of the Fort St. James Land Resource Management Plan.
Management PlanningGeneral Management Planning information
- Online Management planning information for this park is not available at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Fish species include rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and lake trout.
There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks. Along the chain there are many sandy beaches to enjoy.