Porcupine Meadows Provincial Park provides 2,704 hectares of protected, undisturbed wetlands with some patches of old-growth spruce. The park encompasses Alexander Lake and Carlo Lake, and provides important habitat for sandhill crane, moose and mule deer.
Early settlers used an historic pack-trail in the area connecting Pass Lake and Porcupine Ridge. All that remains now is an 1828 Dominion Lands & Surveys marker on a rock beside the forestry tower. There are also remnants of old Fruitlands Irrigation District trails around Carlo Lake, and an old forestry lookout tower on a ridge within the park.
Horseback riding is permitted on designated trails. For snowmobilers, the Kamloops Snowmobile Association maintains trails into the area and an old forestry lookout tower. Snowshoeing is permitted however there are no maintained trails.
Passing through the park is the Masters Subalpine Trek, a difficult 4-5 day hike that extends through the sub-alpine terrain and wilderness lakes and meadows of the Bonaparte Plateau. The access points are from the Tranquille Lake Resort to the south, or from the Jamieson Creek Road to the north. It is possible to access the trail from several other locations if you wish to shorten the hike. Several overnight cabins are located along the route, and hikers should be well prepared and self-sufficient.
There are no facilities provided at this park.
Porcupine Meadows Provincial Park is located 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Kamloops, at the southern end of Bonaparte Plateau. Travel along gravel logging roads past Pass and Saul Lakes through the Tranquille Valley to Tranquille Lake. From here, access is by foot only, along a wilderness trail.
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