Tudyah 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
Established Date: August 7, 1981 Park Size: 56 hectares
Special Features: The site of Melville Lodge that was in operation in the 1960s.
Know Before You Go
For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Tudyah Lake Park is closed to hunting.
No alcohol is allowed on the beach or in the day-use area.
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.
Located 9 km north of McLeod Lake on Highway 97. Tudyah Lake lies in a wide, open section of the Rocky Mountain Trench, just before highway 39 branches off toward Mackenzie.
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.
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Activities Available at this Park
Lots of opportunity for canoeing or kayaking.
There 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
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.