Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park (Atnarko)

 

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park located at the southern edge of the Chilcotin Plateau and is one of the oldest and largest protected areas in BC. Only the southern portion of the park is accessible by vehicle. Some of this park’s most famous features include a chain of lakes perfect for canoeing, spectacular waterfalls, alpine meadows, clear lakes, and some interesting geological formations. The magnificent 260-metre tall Hunlen Falls is one of the best-known attractions at this park. Fishing for salmon, trout, and char can be enjoyed in numerous lakes and streams. There are numerous hiking trails at this park, ranging from short and easy outings to arduous multi-day backpacking trips. The Rainbow Range system of trails is open to horseback riding. From May to September, grizzly bears can often be seen feeding on spawning salmon on Dean, Atnarko, and Bella Coola Rivers.

This park offers two vehicle accessible campgrounds: Atnarko and Fisheries Pool. Both campgrounds are located just off Highway 20. Atnarko campground offers 24 campsites in an old-growth forest on the bank of Atnarko River. The campground is located at the bottom of “The Hill” – a steep, 9-km long descent on Highway 20 with grades up to 18%.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - Cabins Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water RV Sani Station - - Boat Launch - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - Horse Riding - Hunting Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 24, reservable: 0, nearest town: Bella Coola (74 km)

Additional Information

Location

Atnarko campground is located just off Highway 20, 74 km east of Bella Coola.

Contact Information

G & P Kleenery Ltd
E-mail address: gpkleenery@telus.net
Phone: (250) 397-2523

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. Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all persons 13 years of age or older.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: June 15 - August 15 (campground gate is closed in the off-season). 

Campground dates with full fees and services: June 15 - August 15.

Facilities

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

There are many primitive campsites located throughout the park. Some provide facilities such as pit toilets and bear caches; others are more basic. The wilderness sites are open year round when accessible. In the Rainbow Range, Ptarmigan Lake, and Turner Lake / Hunlen Falls areas, the campsites have pit toilets and bear caches.

Cabins

Cabins

The Rainbow Cabin is located in the Mackenzie Valley below Boyd Pass. It is very rustic and without any sleeping platforms. It does, however, have a wood stove. It is only available in the summer and people should be prepared to camp outside in the event that the cabin is full. There is no charge to stay in this cabin and no bookings are needed in order to use the cabin.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has 5 picnic areas that have picnic tables and pit toilets. Locations along Highway 20 are (from east to west): at Rainbow Range Trailhead, Hunlen Falls/Turner Lake Trailhead, Big Rock/Kettle Pond, Fisheries Pool and Mackenzie Heritage/Grease Trailhead. The day-use areas at Big Rock/Kettle Pond and at the Mackenzie Heritage/Grease Trailhead also have drinking water available.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station is located near Atnarko Campground, and is available during the camping season for a fee.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There are single wide cartop boat launches at Fisheries Pool campground and Belarko and Steep Roof along Highway 20.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are excellent opportunities to catch salmon, char, and trout in lakes and rivers at this park.

Hiking

Hiking

There are numerous hiking trails at this park, located at three separate areas: Rainbow Range, Bella Coola Valley, and Turner Lake.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming is not recommended in the Bella Coola and Atnarko Rivers at the campgrounds. However, the alpine and subalpine lakes in the backcountry offer good swimming.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

The Turner Lake Chain comprises approximately 18 km of lakes and 2.5 km of rivers and creeks and is a popular canoeing circuit. The chain can be accessed via float plane from Nimpo Lake or by exiting Highway 20 onto Tote Road (12 km to trailhead), then by hiking for 16 km along the Hunlen Falls Trail. Canoe rentals and a campsite are available at Turner Lake. The canoe chain comprises approximately 18 km of lakes and 2.5 km of rivers and creeks. The portages are short, with the longest being 1 km.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Recreational horse use is permissible in the Rainbow Range. This terrain is recommended for experienced riders only.

Hunting

Hunting

The park is open to hunting in certain areas of the park. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting Regulations for more information.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are downhill skiing opportunities in this park; a tow rope is operated by the Tweedsmuir Ski Club on Sundays during the winter. It is located approximately 3 km from the parking lot at the Rainbow Range Trailhead. In addition, there are 15 km of set cross country skiing trails as well as snowmobiling opportunities at the Rainbow Range Trailhead.

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