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 79KB].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information
  • Caution should be exercised when travelling on waters in the Nechako Reservoir and those in the park. Windstorms may arise very quickly and become quite severe for multiple days. May is usually the windiest month. Strong winds can be expected for about one-third of the time during the boating season. No attempt should be made to travel long distances or venture far from the shoreline of the reservoir in canoes, kayaks or car-top boats.
  • Suitable clothing must be worn and proper equipment for outdoor living carried. Visitors should have appropriate maps. All arrangements for supplies, including gasoline for boats, must be made before entering the park.
  • At all times, be alert for deadheads, submerged trees and unmarked reefs.
Park Contact For Chikamin Bay Rail Portage information only, please contact:
RP Rowsell Contracting
Phone: 250-695-6613
Email: rprowsell@yahoo.ca

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - North and Tweedsmuir Corridor Protected Area

  • Updated August 25, 2015: Wildfire R10112 is no longer burning aggressively but is still smoldering in the Whitesail Narrows area of North Tweedsmuir Park. Hunters and visitors are advised to avoid this area during their visit to the Park. It is stilll safe to travel by vessel into the Park and the Chikamin Bay Rail Portage Facility remains open till September 7th.
    Please see the attached map. [jpg]
  • As of November 12, 2014: The Pondosy Lake campsite facilities have been removed from the park.
  • Winching services at the Chikamin Bay Rail Portage are open from June 15 to September 7, winching from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

About This Park

Tweedsmuir NorthTweedsmuir Provincial Park appeals primarily to outdoor recreationists interested in boating, angling, camping, hiking or hunting in one of North America’s most magnificent wilderness areas. Outdoor recreation opportunities are almost unlimited, but those who are not prepared to be completely self-sufficient or who do not wish to employ a professional guide should not contemplate a visit.

Park Size: 989,616 hectares for Tweedsmuir Park, 446,092 hectares for the northern part and 15 hectares for Tweedsmuir Corridor Protected Area.

Special Notes:
  • The northern portion of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is a wilderness area. Visitors must be prepared to be completely self-sufficient. There are no supplies of any kind.
  • Parts of the park are open to hunting in the fall. Hunters must be in possession of a valid BC hunting licence and appropriate game tags and observe the current BC Hunting Regulations. Non-residents must be accompanied by a licenced BC guide. Firearms are prohibited in the park except during a valid hunting season.
Park Fees – Please note: Personal cheques and credit cards cannot be accepted.
  • There is a backcountry fee for visitors to the Eutsuk Lake area of Tweedsmuir Park:
    Marine Access Camping Fee: $50.00 per vessel/aircraft per trip
  • Chikamin Bay Rail Portage:
    • At Chikamin Bay, boaters are required to winch their boats over a 600-metre rail portage that connects Chikamin Bay on Whitesail Lake with St. Thomas Bay on Eutsuk Lake.
    • Boats to about 7 metres in length can be portaged. The process takes about two hours. Instructions are posted at Chikamin Bay. Boaters may wish to carry a personal chainsaw winch to make portaging their boat easier and faster.
    • There is an additional, optional fee for winching boats across the rail portage between Chikamin Bay on Whitesail Lake and St. Thomas Bay on Eutsuk Lake.
      Portage Winching Service: $50.00 per vessel each way.
      Visitors wishing to use either the hand winch or their personal chainsaw winch are not required to pay the winching service fee.
    • The funds are payable directly to the on-site park facility operator (cash or money order only please).
    • The mechanical winching service at Chikamin Bay rail portage begins operating from June 15 to September 7 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The fees are used to assist in the management of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
  • Fees example: (1 boat with 4 persons winched in and out of Eutsuk Lake via Chikamin Bay rail portage)
    • Backcountry fee $50.00
    • Mechanical winching fee (into park) $50.00
    • Mechanical winching fee (out of park) $50.00
      • Total Payable =$150.00
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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. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is approximately 480 kilometres by air northwest of Vancouver. The park is bounded on the north and southwest by the Coast Mountains and on the east by the Nechako Plateau. The park is south of Highway #16, approximately 90 to 100 kilometres, between Burns Lake and Houston.

The Nechako Reservoir (Ootsa and Whitesail Lakes) is the main access route to the northern region of the park but boaters must use caution when travelling on these lakes as the shoreline is a forest of drowned trees and floating debris that create hazardous boating conditions. A number of channels have been cut through the dead trees to give access to emergency landing areas. These provide shelter from the sudden and strong winds that funnel down the lakes from the Coast Mountains. See Visitor Information.

Two common access points to the northern portion of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park are Little Andrews Bay Provincial Park and Wistaria Provincial Park. See those pages for travel directions.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Master Plan [PDF 745.95KB] for Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    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.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Eutsuk and Pondosy Lakes are great for boating and sightseeing. Boaters should be wary of unmarked shoals and reefs. [PDF 445KB] Canoeing and kayaking are permitted in the park but boaters should use caution. Canoeists should remain near shore at all times as westerly winds can arise quite suddenly, especially in the afternoon. Pondosy Lake is entered by a short, narrow channel at high water. At low water in August and September, it may be necessary to line or pole boats through this waterway.

At Chikamin Bay, boaters are required to handwinch their boats over a 600-metre rail portage that connects Chikamin Bay with Eutsuk Lake. The mechanical winching service at Chikamin Bay rail portage begins operating from June 15 to September 7 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Winching Service: $50.00 per vessel each way.
Fishing

Fishing

Quality fishing with good populations of mountain whitefish, rainbow trout, kokanee, and bubot is available in the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

The following private organizations also provide access to activites in this park:
Hiking

Hiking

Chikamin Ridge Trail: 3 km long, 600 m of elevation gain. This trail departs from Blackwell Point Campsite and leads to an alpine ridge of Chikamin Mountain. Visitors will be rewarded with spectacular views of Eutsuk Lake and the surrounding mountains. Pay close attention to where the trail emerges into the alpine as it may be hard to find on your return.
Surel Lake Trail: 1.5 km, 50 m of elevation gain. A short 300 m trail from Eutsuk Lake leads to a 10 m waterfall on Surel Creek. The trail continues another 1.2 km to Surel Lake where there are scenic views of Surel Peak and Mount Musclow.
Musclow Lake Trail: 500 m long, 30 m of elevation gain. This short trail starts at Eutsuk Lake and follows the west side of Musclow Creek to the lake. Views are limited from the end of the trail but it is a good trail for portaging into Musclow Lake.
Sand Cabin Bay Lookout Trail: 600m long, 90 m of elevation gain. A short, steep climb from Sand Cabin Bay on Eutsuk Lake to the tip of a rock bluff. Spectacular panoramas of the Nechako Plateau, Quanchus Mountains and the opportunity to view wildlife in the marsh below.
Tetachuk River Trail: 5 km long with minimal elevation change. An easy hike from the east end of Eutsuk Lake along the Tetachuck River to fishing spots in the lower Redfern Rapids and a commercial lodge on Tetachuk Lake.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are many wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

There is a backcountry cabin available to the public. It is located on Fenton Lake and is used on a first come, first serve basis. The following private organizations also provide accommodation within this park:
Campfires

Campfires

Visitors supply their own firewood. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

The park’s lakes and streams are sources of drinking water. Be aware of the damage caused by spilled fuel, waste water and sewage disposal. Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park. Lake water is available, however, please boil before using.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness camping areas are located at various sites along the shores of Eutsuk Lake. These areas provide sheltered anchorages, tent sites, pit toilets and fire rings. Please use these designated sites. No reservations are taken.
Marine Access Camping Fee: $50.00 per vessel/aircraft per trip