Lake is located 248 km (154 miles) north of Fort
Nelson and 66 km (41 miles) south of Liard
River at Mile Post 426 on the Alaska Highway, Hwy 97. Muncho
comes from the local Kaska aboriginal name meaning 'big water.'
Muncho Lake is very picturesque with its deep aqua-green coloured
waters next to impressive backdrop of mountains. You will find the
lake absolutely stunning as you travel along Hwy 97. Definitely
a real jewel, Muncho Lake is approximately 12 km (7.5 miles) long
and well worth the time to visit.
Lake Provincial Park
Muncho Lake, because of its incredible beauty, was established in
1957 as Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Today the park has been expanded
to not only include Muncho Lake but also the area between the Trout
River in the north and slightly along the West Toad and Toad Rivers
south on Hwy 97 near the Folded Mountains.
The park has two vehicle accessible campgrounds with a total between
them of only 30 campsites. The two campgrounds, Strawberry Flats
and MacDonald are both are located near wildlife viewpoints and
Muncho Lake. Both are very nice but unfortunately reservations are
not accepted and the 30 campsites fill up quickly.
The Muncho Lake area has other eco-tourism possibilities occurring
in the following area with hiking, rock hounding, kayaking, canoeing,
ice-fishing, exploring and mountainbiking along the various trails.
If you happen to have the time, Muncho Lake also has great sport
fishing available, featuring arctic grayling, bull trout, lake trout,
and whitefish. If required there is a free boat launch located at
the MacDonald Campground. If you need it, the Northern Rockies Lodge
can provide boat rentals or fish guiding assistance.
There is a lodge located within park boundaries about midway along
Muncho Lake called the Northern Rockies Lodge. The lodge features
lakeside chalets, eco-tourism and fly-in-fishing opportunities by
Liard Air. The Northern Rockies Lodge also has a service station
for vehicle fuel and possible mechanical help with the main lodge
For wildlife viewing there are also great spots around Muncho Lake.
One is found at Sheep Flats towards the south end of the lake just
north of the Strawberry Fields Campground, the rock quarry just
north of the Muncho Lake Viewpoint and even farther north of the
lake on Trout River at the mineral lick.
Make sure you travel and visit to the viewpoint situated at the
north end of Muncho Lake. From the viewpoint, you have an incredible
view south towards Muncho Lake, Northern Rockies Lodge, a picnic
area and the mountains called the Sentinal Range where there are
some impressive geological formations that have been created.
Services at Muncho Lake
If you would like to RV camp but do not want to take e a chance
at missing a camping space at the provincial campground, there is
also J&H Wilderness Resort and Double G Services. J&H Wilderness
Resort offers lakeshore campsites and motel rooms, telephone (250)
776-3453. Double G Services has 15 RV sites, motel rooms, gas station,
a grocery store and restaurant, telephone (250) 776-3411.
For a great tour around Muncho Lake plus lots of storytelling, you
have to take a tour aboard the vessel Sandpiper VI. The Sandpiper
VI that features a skipper named 'Captain Jack' is located on the
south end of Muncho Lake at Double G Service. This guided tour is
a great way to learn about the history, geography, plants and animals
of Muncho Lake.
There is access to the Liard River from Muncho Lake Provincial Park
by going down the Toad River by jet boat or kayak. Once you're on
the Toad River you will have to navigate significant rapids both
on the Toad and into the Liard River Corridor Park. Main Current
Rafting Expeditions offers a guided rafting trip to undertake this
on Muncho Lake