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Trembleur Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

This small park on Trembleur Lake has been preserved as part of the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lakes boating system. The site provides no facilities but offers a protected anchorage and sandy beach. Trembleur Lake is almost 50 kilometres long. It has an irregular shoreline with sheltered bays and coves, and a scenic wilderness setting. Wildlife viewing, boating, hunting, and angling are popular pursuits in the area.

The west end of Trembleur Lake is protected as part of the 41,233 hectare Rubyrock Lake Park.

The Stuart-Trembleur-Takla Lake boating system is located in north central British Columbia and comprises nearly 300 kilometres of waterway. These long, narrow lakes are among the region’s most significant recreational features. The lakes offer great sports fishing opportunities for rainbow and lake trout, burbot, kokanee, and mountain whitefish. The chain is also part of the longest migration route of chinook and sockeye salmon in British Columbia. With more than 630 kilometres of lakeshore to explore, few developed facilities, and sparse levels of use, this chain of lakes provides a remote wilderness experience.

A series of small parks have been established along the system providing protected anchorages or attractive beaches. No facilities have been developed at these sites.

Stuart Lake, one of the largest lakes in the province at 90 kilometres long, is the southernmost lake of the chain. The community of Fort St. James is located on the southeast end of the lake. The main body of the lake is between 6 to 10 kilometres wide and is road accessible at many locations. The northwest arm of the lake is narrower, has limited road access, and more of a wilderness feel. This portion of the lake is very scenic with numerous bays, points, and islands. There are four marine park sites on Stuart Lake and two provincial campgrounds.

The Tachie River connects Stuart Lake to Trembleur Lake. The 26 kilometres of river can be a challenge to navigate with fast water and small rapids. Trembleur Lake is almost 50 kilometres long. It has an irregular shoreline with sheltered bays and coves, and a scenic wilderness setting. There is one marine park site on Trembleur Lake.

The Middle River flows from Takla Lake into Trembleur Lake. The river, designated as a Provincial Heritage River, is 22 kilometres long and navigable. At 96 kilometres in length, Takla is the fifth largest lake in the province. Almost 250 kilometres of undisturbed shoreline with sandy beaches and isolated bays are available to explore. There are three marine park sites on Takla Lake. There is sporadic road access on the east side of the lake.
NTS map references:
  • Stuart Lake – 93K/7, 93K/8, 93K/9, 93K/10, 93K/11
  • Tachie River – 93K/10 & 93K/15
  • Trembleur Lake – 93K14 & 93K/15
  • Middle River – 93K/14
  • Takla Lake – 93M/1, 93M/8, 93M/9, 93N/3, 93N/4, 93N/5
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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. Trembleur Lake Park is located on the north side of the lake approximately 9 kilometres west of the Middle River. UTM Zone 10: 356500E – 6077500N (NTS map reference: 93K/14) The nearest community is Fort St. James.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: For many years prior to the arrival of European explorers, the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla lakes area was home to the Dakelh-ne people. In 1806 Simon Fraser brought the fur trade to the area with the establishment of the Stuart Lake Post for the North West Company. The company merged with the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821, and in 1822 they named the settlement Fort St. James.

    Fort St. James, once the economic capital of the colony of New Caledonia and said to be the oldest European-settled community in British Columbia, saw its importance as a fur trading centre diminish in 1869 when gold was discovered 100 miles north in the Omineca Valley.

    With the miners came a new economic prosperity for the area which has largely been replaced by the forest industry today. Tourism is also growing and hunting and fishing lodges can be found on all three lakes.
  • Culture: Although settled by Europeans almost 200 years ago, the Dakelh-ne people had inhabited the area for years prior. To the fur traders, these people became known as the Carrier people, referring to the custom of widows who carried the ashes of cremated husbands with them until a traditional potlach could be held.

    The Carrier traditionally led a semi-nomadic life, congregating along lakes and rivers in the warmer months to pick berries, hunt and tan hides, and catch and process the salmon that was an important staple of their diet. The winter was spent ice fishing and trapping in smaller family units.

    Several Carrier groups reside in the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla lakes area including the Nak’azdli, Yekoochet’en, Takla, and Tl’azt’en. Traditional trails, culturally altered trees, and pictographs can be found throughout the area.
  • Conservation: Trembleur Lake Provincial Park preserves for future generations a natural area and contributes to the role of the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla lakes system as a backcountry boating destination area.
  • Wildlife: Diversity of the terrain and types of vegetation support abundant wildlife populations in the area. Moose and black bear are plentiful. Other less visible species include mule and white-tail deer, wolf, and grizzly bear. Furbearers in the area include the lynx, fox, beaver, marten, fisher, otter, and wolverine.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Boaters are cautioned to keep a close eye on the weather as Trembleur Lake is subject to sudden heavy winds which can transform the lake into dangerous whitecaps. Those with small boats are advised to stay close to shore.

The settlement on the north side of Trembleur Lake at Middle River can be reached from the Leo Creek Forest Service Road. Access to the lake from Stuart Lake is via the Tachie River; this 26 kilometre river can be a challenge to navigate with fast water and small rapids.
Cycling

Cycling

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

Fishing

Popular sport fish include dolly varden, rainbow trout, lake trout (char), kokanee, freshwater ling cod (burbot), and mountain whitefish. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Refer to the current BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for specific catch quotas and regulations; the Stuart-Trembleur-Takla chain of waterways is in Region 7 (Omineca-Peace) – Zone A.
Hunting

Hunting

Trembleur Lake is open to hunting during the lawful game season. See the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping regulations synopsis for further details.
Swimming

Swimming

You can swim in the lake but there are no designated swimming areas. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. Practice “leave no trace” camping; choose a camp spot that will do the least damage to vegetation; if you pack it in, pack it out; do not damage live vegetation; dispose of personal waste or waste water at least 100 metres from the lake or any creek.