Bowron Lake Provincial Park

 

Bowron Lake Provincial Park contains a chain of lakes and rivers known as Bowron Canoe Circuit, a world-renowned canoeing destination. Visitors from all over the world come here to embark on a multi-day expedition along this challenging 116-km long paddling route through an area of unspoiled wilderness. Pristine lakes surrounded by towering mountains and countless opportunities to observe wildlife, such as deer, elk, moose, black and grizzly bears in their natural habitat make this journey an unforgettable experience. The number of canoes departing per day is limited, and reservations for Canoe Circuit are highly recommended. Guided canoe tours can be arranged through a number of private companies. Canoe rentals are available at the park. In addition to a large number of canoe-in campgrounds available in this park, there is a vehicle-accessible campground with 25 campsites located at Bowron Lake, near the starting point of the canoe circuit. Although canoeing is main focus of this park, other recreation opportunities exist here. Bull trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and lake trout can be caught in the lakes and rivers along the circuit. Barkerville Historic Town located a short distance away offers an excursion into the life of a BC gold-rush settlement at the turn of a century.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - Cabins - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - - Winter Recreation - - -

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Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 25, reservable: 0, nearest town: Quesnel (111 km)

Additional Information

Location

From Quesnel, drive east on Highway 26 approximately 85 km to Barkerville, then continue on the gravel Bowron Lake Road approximately 25 km to the park entrance.

Contact Information

VaMi Parkcheck
Park telephone: (778) 373-6107
Park email: bowronlakepfo@xplornet.com

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.   

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: approximately mid-May – September 30 (gate is closed during the off-season). 

Campground dates with full fees and services: approximately mid-May – September 30.

Facilities

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness camping is allowed at camping areas spaced out around the Circuit. The size of the sites varies from two to eight tent pads. All sites provide bear food caches, outhouses and fire rings.

Group Camping

Group Camping

Group camping is available at this park. Only one group departure consisting of 7 to 14 people is permitted each day. Reservations are mandatory for groups.

Cabins

Cabins

There are 6 cabins located throughout the canoeing circuit, that hold from 4 to 6 people. They are available throughout the summer and winter, there is no charge to stay in them and they must be shared. The cabins are for emergency use only and for drying out of equipment. They are not intended for camping.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted. Paddlers of the Circuit must bring a portable stove for cooking. Some firewood is available at woodlots located around the Circuit.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are available at the drive-in campground. No potable water is available on the canoeing circuit.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A gravel single-wide boat launch is located at the north end of Bowron Lake. Power boats are only permitted on Bowron Lake and are not allowed on the Bowron slough or other lakes in the park. There is a canoe landing dock at the main campground.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

It is possible to catch bull trout, kokanee, rainbow trout and lake trout in the lakes and rivers at this park. Powerboats are only allowed on Bowron Lake. Ice fishing is also possible on Bowron Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

There are a total of 10.8 km of portage trails connecting lakes and rivers on the canoeing circuit. There are also 2 designated hiking trails accessible from the canoeing circuit. One trail leads from Unna Lake to Cariboo Falls and the other leads from Sandy Lake to Hunter Lake.

Swimming

Swimming

Many of the lakes along the circuit have beaches perfect for swimming.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

The Bowron Canoe Circuit is the main attraction at this park. Reservations for the Canoe Circuit are highly recommended as only a limited number of departures are allowed per day. Reservations are mandatory for groups of 7-14 people. Canoe circuit reservations can be made by calling the following numbers: 1-800-HELLO-BC (1-800-435-5622) Toll Free from Canada/USA, (604) 435-5622 from Greater Vancouver area, or (250) 387-1642 from Other North America/Overseas.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

The canoe portage trails can be used as crosscountry ski trails; however, there are no set tracks. Ice fishing is possible on Bowron Lake during the winter.

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