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Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park
Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park is located south-east of Quesnel bordering Cariboo River in the west, Bowron Lake Provincial Park in the north and Wells Gray Provincial Park and Quesnel Lake in the south. The park is very remote and, to be thoroughly discovered, it has to be accessed through guiding services, float planes, boats, canoes, kayaks, snowmobiles, ATV's or wilderness hiking.

8400 Forest Service Road (FSR)
The main way by vehicle into Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park is by the seasonal 8400 Forest Service Road (FSR) from Likely. This route follows the direction of the historic Cariboo Gold Rush Trail by way of the Cariboo River and the east side of the Cariboo Lake. The two areas in the park accessible off the 8400 FSR are Ghost Lake off the Ghost Main and the more remote Mitchell Lake using the 4x4 Z Road. There is one other remote 4x4 access point coming from the east near McBride and is up Castle Creek towards Mount Lunn.

Travelling to Ghost Lake
To get to Ghost Lake, you come north from Likely, once over the Quesnel River Bridge, continue straight onto Keithley Creek Road for approximately 25 km (15 miles), then turn on the Cariboo River FSR (8400 Road) and travel approximately 65 km (41 miles) to Ghost Main FSR. From the Ghost Main turnoff the Ghost Lake campground is 5.7 km (3.6 miles) away.

User Maintained Campground
Once at Ghost Lake you can find a small vehicle-accessible campground with five campsites, a parking lot, an information kiosk and a pit-toilet. There is no water supplied and all garbage has to be packed out as this is a user-maintained facility. With the correct fishing licence, Ghost Lake offers some excellent angling opportunities for Coho, Chinook and Sockeye Salmon plus Rainbow, Kokanee and Bull Trout.

Waterfalls
There are two waterfalls at Ghost Lake. One is on the way in near the entrance to the campground just before the turnoff for the Cunningham-Matthew FSR while you go across a bridge on the Ghost Main. The other waterfall, Matthew River Falls, has access from right behind one of the campsites near the parking lot. To view the waterfall, there is an unmarked trail that leads you towards the falls. The area is very steep and could prove fatal to young children, non-experienced, if you approach too closely or in dangerous conditions or not wearing the proper footwear. Bears and cougars are also present in the park so be prepared for wildlife encounters.

Boat Access
There is also another unmarked trail that goes from the campground to the lakeshore of Ghost Lake. This is where you can carry a canoe or kayak and have launch by hand into the lake. Once boating in the lake you'll find some incredible views of the Cariboo Mountains including some of sheer rock formations. There are some areas along the lake where some wilderness camping has been done.

Exploring Quesnel Lake
Other areas within Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park include fishing in the North Arm of Quesnel Lake near the mouth of the Mitchell River, 'fly-in' fishing on Mitchell Lake, boating and exploring the end of the main arm including viewing Niagara Falls or hiking the Summit Lake Trail into Hobson Lake and Wells Gray Provincial Park. For snowmobile trails, there is also a popular route called the Quesnel Lake to Cariboo Mountains Loop which takes you close to 2,700 metre (8,858 feet) high Roberts Peak.

Mountain Spirit Outfitters
For guiding and hunting into Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park you can try the services offered by a local outfit called Mountain Spirit Outfitters. The outfitters, who have a facility on the Likely-Barkerville Road just south of Ghost Lake and have guided hunters and outdoors people throughout the area for years.

Logging Trucks
The 8400 FSR Road at one time was only possible with a 4x4 vehicle but now, with improvements, it is a really good gravel road that most 2-wheel drive vehicles in proper operating condition can make. There are logging trucks and heavy equipment at any time of the year so caution must still be maintained at all times and the road could be muddy in wet conditions.

Road Closures
Also, in poor weather conditions or, once the snow arrives, 8400 FSR will be closed. You can check at the Valley General Store notice board or the Cedar City Museum in Likely for road closures and openings, possible bridge construction, with generally speaking, snow starting anytime from October and sometimes lasting until June.

Ladies Creek Recreation Site
In the event that the campground at Ghost Lake is full or you would like to have a more private campsite there is always the recreation site south towards Likely at Ladies Creek. Here you can find six large private campsites and boat launch set next to Cariboo Lake.

Cunningham Pass FSR (3100 Road)
If you are planning on coming from Barkerville or Wells along the Cunningham Pass Forest Service Road (3100 Road) make sure to check if it is open. Unfortunately due to slides occurring along the Likely-Barkerville Gold Rush Circle Route towards Cariboo River Provincial Park, the road can sometimes be closed with the only access being from Likely.

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Likely-Barkerville Back Road
Likely-Barkerville Back Road

 

Mount Matthew near Ghost Lake
Mount Matthew near Ghost Lake

 

Ghost Lake
Ghost Lake

 

Matthew River Falls
Matthew River Falls

 

Waterfalls on Ghost Lake Main
Waterfalls on Ghost Lake Main

 

Cariboo Mountains
Cariboo Mountains

 

8400 Road
8400 Road

 

Logging Truck on 8400 Road
Logging Truck on 8400 Road

 
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