Wells Gray Provincial Park: Clearwater River
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
July 17, 2018: North Thompson River Park has re-opened
- This applies to North Thompson River Park, only.
- BC Parks is pleased to announce that, after a recent closure, North Thompson River Park re-opened at 8 am Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
- BC Parks would like to thank the public for their patience during this closure.
- For those campers that had reservations cancelled, a follow-up email is being sent to you with additional information about re-booking your camping experience.
- If you had a camping reservation at North Thompson River Park cancelled due to this park closure, you are encouraged to call Discover Camping Reservations at 1-800-689-9025 to speak to a reservation agent.
- BC Parks would also like to thank the Wells Gray Information Centre, Tourism Wells Gray, Park Operators and local area businesses for helping to accommodate our displaced campers.
- The corridor road beyond the turn-off to Helmcken Falls will be gated/closed as of December 10 until Spring (this is an annual winter closure). Please check website for updated notices on when access will be available.
About This ParkThe area provides opportunities for hiking, viewing of spectacular waterfalls, volcanic features, a natural rock bridge, quality trout, chinook and char fishing, camping, river rafting, kayaking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and photography.
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Park Size: approximately 3100 ha
Know Before You Go
- Attention: The Clearwater River Road is subject to sudden mudslides, rock fall, flooding, washouts and wind throw events possibly blocking the road for extended periods of time. If weather conditions change dramatically, you may well be advised to relocate to a less isolated location. Be prepared for emergencies.
- Most of the park’s lakes and rivers are glacier-fed and the water is icy-cold year-round.
- Do not underestimate the demands of the backcountry. The hiker must be in good physical condition, properly equipped, and prepared to be totally self-sufficient. Take adequate clothing: high elevation weather is subject to change without notice, and Wells Gray’s mountains can receive snow 12 months of the year.
- Known as The Waterfall Park for good reason, streams and rivers have waterfalls of varying sizes – never boat, canoe, raft or kayak without learning first where the pull-outs are.
- Clearwater River Road (west side of Clearwater River) is subject to slides, flooding and is infrequently maintained.
Location and MapsThe Clearwater River area is located just north of Clearwater, and extends north along the Clearwater River to Mahood Lake along the southwest border of Wells Gray Park. Access via the Clearwater River Road along the western shore of the Clearwater River. From the town of Clearwater, road travels north 37 km to the confluence of the Mahood and Clearwater Rivers.
Activities Available at this Park
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. Trail conditions and updates will be posted on the main page under the Attention Visitor Notice.
This park offers a number of other recreational opportunities (including guided hiking tours).
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Dates of Operation for frontcountry/vehicle accessible sites in Wells Gray
Information about backcountry/walk-in sites in Wells Gray