Omineca Provincial Park and Protected Area in the northern interior of British Columbia protects 80 km of the Omineca River Valley, and several mountain ranges, including the Wolverine Range, the mountains northwest of Germansen Landing to Nina Lake, and the area to the south, including the alpine ridges at the head of Evans Creek and Germansen Lake.
The park protects important moose winter range and waterfowl habitat along the Omineca River. The park also protects important Wolverine habitat and important spring calving habitat for the blue listed Northern Woodland Caribou. The South Omineca and Germansen Lake areas also protect important goat habitat.
The 133,369-hectare Omineca Provincial Park is popular for boating, fishing and horseback riding, and undeveloped hiking and walking trails are located throughout the park. This park offers 6 rustic, vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis and are accessible from May to October, weather permitting. Campsite reservations are not accepted. Camping fees apply to all sites and will be collected by a local contractor. Facilities in the park are limited to day-use/picnic areas with pit toilets.
First Nations traditional use of the area includes a graveyard on the east side of the Omineca River. Two historic trails (Evans Creek and an old wagon road east of Germansen Lake) are located within the park. There are also some historic mining sites that are remnants from the Omineca Gold Rush.
Germansen East is located next to the Germansen flumes, which were built in the 1930s for channeling water for use in hydraulic mining some 14 miles to the Germansen Mine. Though broken and scattered, the flumes can still be seen from several locations along the road to Germansen Lake.
The Omineca River site offers rough access to the Omineca River, but is not suitable for trailer-type boat launching. The Omineca River offers some good fishing and grade 1 or 2 canoeing, although the Sekani word “Omineca” means slow moving water. There are often a couple of logjams that may present minor challenges for canoeists and kayakers.
Nina Lake South is a pristine wilderness setting, with no facilities. Road access is narrow, rough and usually limited to four-wheel-drive vehicles. The lake is approximately 6 km from the Thutade Forest Service Road. An old bridge that crosses Nina Creek is not suitable for any traffic, including pedestrians.
The Finlay Forest Service Road can be reached 10 km north of McLeod Lake on Hwy 97. At the 98-km mark, the Finlay Forest Service Road turns onto Finlay-Manson Forest Service Road. The boundary to the park begins after approximately 70 km.
Omineca Provincial Park and Protected Area is located in Northeast British Columbia, north of the remote community of Manson Creek and approximately 122 miles (195 km) northwest of McLeod Lake on Highway 97. The community of Germansen Landing and North Takla are enclaves within the park.
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