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Nickel Plate Provincial Park

About This Park

Nickel Plate Provincial Park

Secluded and serene, the main attractions at this semi-wilderness park are fishing, hiking and winter recreation. Nearby is Lookout Mountain that overlooks the glaciated Nickel Plate Lake. At the north end of the lake, dotting the shoreline, are fascinating, huge boulders (erratics) deposited by receding glacial ice. The park also provides opportunities for Nordic skiing and snowmobiling.

Park Size: 105 hectares

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Location and Maps

From Green Mountain Road, follow Apex Mountain Road through Apex Mountain Village to the Hedley Creek/ Nickel Plate Forest Service road. Follow this for about 4.5 km. Turn at the big rock and follow this road for 1/2km to reach the camping area. Access by four-wheel drive vehicles only.

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Nature and Culture

  • History - Established December 14, 1938. Nickel Plate Lake has been the site of management activities by local rod and gun clubs and government agencies since the 1940’s. For many years it had been a popular fishing spot for residents of Hedley and nearby mining communities like Mascot. The first recorded management activity was the introduction of a freshwater shrimp species in 1944 by the Nickel Plate Rod and Gun Club. Subsequent actions by the club, and overseen by a game warden, included an extensive program to introduce new species of aquatic vegetation in 1950.
  • Conservation - In the surrounding forests, one can pick blueberries and other edible berries. Labrador tea, with its white blossoms and fuzzy, undersized leaves, can be found here. This plant was used by natives and early settlers to brew a relaxing drink.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information

Online Management planning information for this park is available; click here to view.

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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Nickel Plate Lake has been a fishing destination since the 1940’s. It is stocked with rainbow trout by the Summerland Trout Hatchery. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. There are ice fishing opportunities on Nickel Plate Lake.

 

Hiking

Hiking

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.
Hunting

Hunting

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

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.

Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Cross-country skiing is popular in the area and the Nickelplate Cross-country Ski Club operates groomed runs nearby.

There are snowshoeing opportunities in the park though there are no designated trails.

The area is used for snowmobiling and to access Sheep Rock in Brent Mountain Protected Area.

There are ice fishing opportunities on Nickel Plate Lake.

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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

Boat access to the lake is made available by a rough gravel boat launch at the north end of the dam, although the gravel does not extend to the water's edge when lake levels are low. Light boats are commonly launched down the face of the dam.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.