Tudyah Lake Provincial Park
- June 16, 2016: Please note Hwy 97 is closed between Mackenzie Junction and Chetwynd at this time due to heavy rains and snow. Environment Canada also has a weather warning out until this evening. Travel to the Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and the Alaska Highway is not possible at this time. Please check drivebc.ca for further updates.
About This ParkTudyah Lake Provincial Park, on the southern shore of Tudyah Lake, offers a lakeside haven for travellers to MacKenzie or the Pine Pass. A good concrete boat launch gives access to fine fishing and water-skiing on the lake. The lake is also a convenient base for fishing on the nearby Parsnip River.
Special Features: The site of Melville Lodge that was in operation in the 1960s.
Established Date: August 7, 1981
Park Size: 56 hectares
- No alcohol is allowed on the beach or in the day-use area.
- For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Tudyah Lake Park is closed to hunting.
| 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 16 – September 30, weather permitting.|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 16 – September 30, weather permitting.|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||36|
|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.|
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The property on Tudyah Lake which is now the Provincial Park, first assumed a role in recreation in the 1960’s when the Melville Lodge was in Operation. This resort provided cabins, camping and boat launch facilities and was very popular with Prince George and Mackenzie residents. In 1974, BC Hydro purchased this property, located within the reservoir basin, because of the possible effect of the Williston Reservoir at maximum full pool flooding. Public demand for maintaining recreational opportunities of this area was so strong that BC Hydro contracted a caretaker to maintain the campground, picnic area and boat launch. During this time public pressure for park development at this site grew and following considerable negotiations, a Provincial Park was established in August, 1981.
- Cultural Heritage: There are no known archaeological sites within the vicinity of Tudyah Lake Park. However, it is likely that the area was used by the Sekani Indians for hunting and fishing, with the waterways being used as travel and trade routes.
- Wildlife: Within the developed areas of the park, opportunities for viewing wildlife are limited. However, in the natural setting along the Pack River, wildlife such as beaver, otter, muskrat, moose, waterfowl and upland birds may be commonly observed. Although less conspicuous other animals expected to inhabit the area include deer, black bear, moose, wolves, coyotes and fox.
Tudyah Lake supports a moderate to highly productive fishery with Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden as the popular sport species. Bear Creek has been noted as an important spawning area for trout.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Tudyah Lake Provincial Park [PDF 716.96KB]
is now available in PDF format.
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Lots of opportunity for canoeing or kayaking.
AThere is good fishing on Tudyah Lake and also on the nearby Parsnip River. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There are no developed trails at this park. Visitors should be cautious when adventuring into the backcountry/wilderness area.
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.
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 no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
This park has waterskiing opportunities.
There are ice fishing opportunities in this park.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a good concrete boat launch at this park that gives access to fine fishing and water-skiing.
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.
There is a mechanical hand water pump.
This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers open space vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.