This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
Schoolhouse Lake Provincial Park
About This ParkThis park was identified for protection in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use Plan and it protects representative ecosystems within the Cariboo Plateau Eco-section. It is almost circular in shape, and protects rolling forested country with a number of medium sized lakes.
Backcountry hiking, fishing and camping opportunities exist, although access to the park is limited.
Park Size: 5,106 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. Canim Beach Park and Ruth Lake Park. Although close to the community of 100 Mile House, there is no road access. The best way into the park is by float plane. Logging roads from the north side approach fairly closely, and experienced backcountry navigators could travel overland into the park that way (there are no trails). There is private land to the south with no access to the park.
Topographic maps of the park are: 92 P/14 and 92 P/15. These maps (and a compass) should be used by anyone venturing into the park since there are no trails or roads.
Nature and CultureHistory - This park was identified for protection in 1995 through the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-use Plan. In 2013, 544 hectares were added as a result of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-use Plan Goal 2 (Special Feature) process.
Cultural Heritage - This park lies in the traditional territory of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) First Nation.
Conservation - The park protects a wide diversity of forest, wetland and aquatic environments. The area encompasses gently rolling topography with numerous small lakes and streams, including the watershed of a tributary of Bradley Creek. The trees of the Sub Boreal Spruce ecosystem in which the park is located, include Engelmann spruce, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine, as well as white birch and aspen stands.
Wildlife - This forest ecosystem supports habitat for a variety of wildlife including mule deer, moose, coyote, beaver, otter, black bear, cougar, hawks and songbirds. The lakes support good populations of sport fish, as well as waterfowl and aquatic mammals like muskrats and beavers.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF] for Schoolhouse Lake Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
The lakes are not fished very much due to their inaccessibility; there is challenging trout fishing for those that make the effort to get there. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The park is open to hunting. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.
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.
Facilities Available at this Park
Firewood is not provided at this park. If you must have a fire please burn only dead and down wood, and be sure to extinguish the fire fully. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil so please use it conservatively, if at all. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.