Puntchesakut Lake Provincial Park is characterized by gently rolling terrain and attractive, almost pure aspen forest on the east side of Puntchesakut Lake, west of Quesnel in the BC Interior Plateau. The shoreline of willow and birch surrounding this beautiful deep blue lake provides shade and cover for fish and other wildlife.
The 38-hectare park offers 1,200 metres of waterfront, including a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. Facilities in the park include a day-use area for picnicking. There is a covered shelter with 4 tables and a wood stove as well as 2 change houses near the beach area. Fire pits and picnic tables are located in the picnic area and a hand pump for water in this park located next to the picnic shelter. There are 5 pit toilets located throughout the park.
Most recreation activities are lake oriented, and a swimming area is roped off at the picnic area. No lifeguards are on duty. Paddling, canoeing, kayaking, boating, waterskiing, swimming, and sunbathing are popular activities in the park, and a concrete boat launch is located on the north side of the park entrance. Parking is available for vehicles and boat trailers. There is no maximum boat motor size on Puntchesakut Lake. Hunting is not permitted in Puntchesakut Lake Provincial Park.
Puntchesakut Lake supports a wide variety of fish species, including rocky mountain whitefish and rainbow trout. Angling for trout in the spring and fall is perhaps the most popular pursuit, with anglers often catching trout up to 3 lb in size. The lake freezes over in winter, providing good ice fishing – and ice skating!
The rolling terrain in and surrounding the park is home to moose and deer, with occasional sightings of porcupines, coyotes, and black bear.
Puntchesakut Lake Provincial Park is located in the Cariboo region in the interior of British Columbia, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of Quesnel, between Prince George and Williams Lake. The park can be accessed on the well-maintained and paved Nazko Road, a trip of 25 to 30 minutes. There is good signage from the highway to the park.
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