Lakelse Lake Provincial Park, and its popular campground, is located near Mount Layton Hot Springs, between Terrace and Kitimat in Northern British Columbia. Also located on Lakelse Lake, at the southern end of the lake, is Lakelse Lake Wetlands Provincial Park.
The northwest of British Columbia features truly beautiful campgrounds, most of which are easily reached from the main highways. After a full day exploring the region, stroll through old-growth forests in search of wildlife, throw a line in the water, or just sit back and take in the dramatic landscape.
In this water-coursed area, one can get more places by boat than by car. Whether you’re boating for transportation or for relaxation, or both, there’s plenty of room to play. If you’re going to paddle power, Lakelse Lake Provincial Park is a great spot. Windsurfing, waterskiing, and jet-skiing are also popular on expansive Lakelse Lake. The waters around Lakelse Lake support both steelhead, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and five species of Pacific salmon.
Lakelse Lake offers good swimming beaches, a shaded picnic area, and a hiking trail through an old-growth forest of towering spruce, cedar, and hemlock. The well-known hot springs complex is in the valley bottom east of Lakelse Lake. There is a large supply of hot water here, and one of the numerous springs has the hottest spring water in Canada. The pools are open year round.
Lakelse Lake Provincial Park provides 156 vehicle/tent campsites. This is a popular, well-developed campground, and reservations are recommended in summer. Fees are collected from May to September. The day-use and picnic site is open all year round. Interpretive programs are scheduled on Wednesdays and weekends throughout July and August. Times and activities will be posted at the gatehouse.
Snowshoeing is available in the winter on existing hiking trails. Ice-skating is available on Lakelse Lake. Check for proper ice thickness before going out and bring your own skates. Cross-country skiing is available at Onion Lake approximately a 5-minute drive south of Furlong Bay Campground. Downhill skiing and tobogganing are available outside the park at Shames Mountain, approximately a 45-minute drive west of Terrace.
Lakelse Lake Provincial Park is located in Northern British Columbia, 12.5 miles (20 km) south of Terrace on Highway 37, which leads to the community of Kitimat on Minette Bay.
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