This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].

In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Visitor Information

  • For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Sowchea Bay is closed to hunting.

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Quartz Contracting
Phone: 250 964-3489

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Sowchea Bay

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • July 11, 2017: Alert – access to this park

    Please be advised there is an evacuation alert for the Sutherland Fire in place which covers a portion of Highway 27 between Fort St. James and Vanderhoof. Closure of this highway may affect access to this park. If this happens, there would still be access via Forest Service Roads to Mackenzie.

    Please adjust your travel plans accordingly. For more information on this alert, please go to:

    For information on Provincial Highways, please consult Drive BC:

    For the latest information on Wildfires in B.C., please consult:

About This Park

Sowchea Bay Provincial Park
There is no day-use area at Sowchea Bay Provincial Park (use facilities at Paarens Beach Provincial Park, just 5 km east on Sowchea Bay Road).

This campsite was once a Forest Service recreation site. Site layout is not BC Parks standard; larger RVs may have difficulty maneuvering.

This is a busy destination for boaters and anglers, with a single lane concrete boat launch available with limited parking.

Park Size: 13 hectares
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
May 15 – September 4
(Gate is closed during the off-season)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 15 – September 4
Campground Reservable Dates: May 19 – September 3
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 30
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.


All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

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. From Prince George travel 100 km west on Highway 16 to Vanderhoof. From Vanderhoof travel 55 km north on Highway 27 to Fort St. James. From Fort St. James travel 20 km west on Sowchea Bay Road.

Management Planning

  • Management Planning Information
  • There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.

Activities Available at this Park



There are canoeing or kayaking opportunities at this park.


Stuart Lake anglers enjoy fishing for char and rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.


There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Safe swimming practices are a must! Visitors are encouraged to remain within the designated area. An abrupt drop-off is marked with floats.


There are waterskiing opportunities in this park.


There are windsurfing opportunities in this park.

Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a single lane concrete boat launch available with limited parking.


While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

There are 5 pit toilets in this park.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 30 smaller vehicle accessible campsites, 12 are reservable, and 18 are available on a first-come, first-served basis. This used to be a forestry recreation site, therefore the sites may not be up to the BC Park standards that visitors may be accustomed to. Click here for reservation information.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.