Creek Recreation Site
Creek Recreation Site is located on the east side of Cariboo Lake
approximately 34 km (21 miles) north of Likely
on the historic Likely-Barkerville Back Road.
To get here from Likely, travel on the Keithley Creek Road for about
23 km (14 miles) to the junction for either Keithley Creek-Yanks
Peak or towards Barkerville
and the 8400 Road. You then take the sign direction for Barkerville
and travel for about 12 km (7.5 miles) first crossing a bridge over
the Cariboo River, and then taking the 8400 Road and travelling
up the east side of Cariboo Lake.
The non-fee recreation site features a small 6-site campground situated
on the shores of Cariboo Lake. The user-maintained campground is
fairly private with lots of room between campsites with most situated
next to the lakefront and beach. There are two pit-toilets and a
gravel boat launch suitable for hand launching most kayaks, car-tops,
kayaks and small trailers. The road clearance into the recreation
site is fairly good so most motorhomes can make it into the campsites
and be able to turn around.
Cariboo Lake offers fishing, boating and access to the lower part
of the Cariboo River Provincial Park. The area around Cariboo Lake
also features fairly good game opportunities providing good hunting
in the fall season. Unfortunately, because of this, in certain times
during the hunting season, Ladies Creek Recreation Site could be
full with no campsites available.
For the more adventurous they can continue travelling on the Likely-Barkerville
Back Road for another 114 km (71 miles) and arrive at Barkerville
through the Cariboo
Mountains Provincial Park and the Cariboo River Provincial Park.
The gravel road, which most two-wheel drive cars can make, is only
6 km (4 miles) from Ghost Lake. There are two waterfalls, one accessible
by vehicle on the Ghost Main FSR, the other by a short walk from
the campground at Ghost Lake.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks, recreation
sites 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.
The Likely-Barkerville Road Back Road (8400 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.