Muncho Lake Provincial Park is located approximately 240 km (150
miles) north-west of Fort
Nelson and 262 km (164 miles) south-east of the British Columbia-Yukon
border on the Alaska Highway, Hwy 97.
The park is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and Muncho
Lake stands out with its brilliant aqua-blue-jade colour and the
crystal clear water. The lake is roughly 12 km (7.5 miles) long
and is flanked on the east side by the Sentinel Range looming in
the distance. Besides the colour, the lake is famous for angling
opportunities. With the correct fishing license, Arctic grayling,
whitefish, longnose suckers, Bull and Lake trout are available.
There are also some fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities on
Hwy 97, including the Trout River mineral lick, the Rock Quarry
wildlife viewing pullover, the Muncho Lake viewpoint, Sheep Flats,
Peterson Canyon, and the Folded Mountain viewpoints. Mountain goats,
Stone sheep, caribou, and moose are all commonly viewed here. Lesser
sightings include Grizzly and Black bears, beavers, lynx, fishers,
wolves, and coyotes. For birdwatchers, there is the possibility
of viewing migrating birds such as loons, geese, ducks, mergansers,
and grebes. Please, for your safety, practise safe wildlife-viewing
procedures; be prepared, and observe wildlife warnings when driving
on the highways.
There are two campgrounds in Muncho Lake Provincial Park. You have
the choice of camping near the south end at Strawberry Flats campground
or at MacDonald campground, 11 km (7 miles) further north on Hwy
97. Strawberry Flats and MacDonald have a total of 30 vehicle-accessible
campsites between them. Unfortunately, reservations for both campgrounds
are not available.
The campground facilities at both Strawberry Flats and MacDonald
include pit toilets, water, picnic tables, and fire-rings. Firewood
is available for sale from the park operator. The park also has
two day-use areas for picnicking situated next to each campground.
You can find a boat launch at MacDonald and an area for launching
car-top boats at Strawberry Flats. Both campgrounds also offer small
beaches for watersports, including canoeing, boating, kayaking,
water skiing, swimming, SCUBA diving, and snorkelling. Remember,
as with all BC provincial parks, there are no lifeguards present.
Lake RV Park
If you do travel to Muncho Lake Provincial park and find that both
campgrounds are full, RV and tent spaces are available at the Muncho
Lake RV Park on the north side of the lake on Hwy 97 at historic
Mile Post 463 (710 km) of the Alaska Highway. They have 30 amp power,
water, sewer, and some pull-through sites for the big rigs. Phone
250-776-3005 to ask about availability.
Located in the middle of the park is the Northern Rockies Lodge
where you can find accommodation, including lakefront cabins, chalets,
and RV camping, as well as a restaurant and a fuel station. The
lodge also has airplane excursions available through Liard Tours,
offering flights to remote cabins and lakes where fantastic fishing
opportunities are available.
Other accommodation and fuel service can found near the southern
border of Muncho Lake Provincial Park at Double "G" Service.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.