This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Nation Lakes Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
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.
Know Before You Go
- 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.
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.