Posted by: cherylyoung | March 27, 2013

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Tweedsmuir ProvincialPark encompasses

 an astounding diversity of landscapes and


 Because access, facilities, and activities differ

 from north to south in the park, the park is

 divided into two sections, with the Dean River

 acting as a natural boundary between the north

 and south sections of the park.

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and Recreation

Area, at over 981,000 hectares is one of British

Columbia’s largest parks.

Most of the northern half of Tweedsmuir Park is

 encircled by the lakes that comprise the

Nechako Reservoir.

Ootsa Lake and Whitesail Lake define the north

 and west boundaries of the park respectively,

 while Eutsuk Lake bisects the park, turning

 northern Tweedsmuir into a huge, unpopulated


Most angling trips in the park begin at

 Ootsa Lake – mountain whitefish, rainbow

 trout, kokanee, and bubot are readily caught

 within the parks waters.

All fish caught in the park must be registered at

 park headquarters on Whitesail Lake.

A variety of private operators provide guided

 fishing tours and accommodations on the


The Nechako Reservoir (Ootsa and Whitesail

 Lakes) is the main access route to the northern

 region of the park, but boaters must exercise

 caution when travelling on these lakes, as the

shoreline is a forest of drowned trees and floating

 debris that creates hazardous boating conditions.

 A number of channels have been cut through the

 dead trees to provide access to emergency landing


These are indicated by large yellow diamonds

 and they provide shelter from the sudden and

 strong winds that funnel down the lakes from

 the Coast Mountains.

Windstorms rise very quickly, and can blow

 unabated for a day or more.

 May is usually the windiest month.

 Strong winds can be expected for about one-third

 of the time during the boating season.

 No attempt should be made to travel long

distances or venture far from the shoreline of the

 reservoir in canoes, kayaks or car-top boats.

A series of interconnected lakes runs nearly

125 miles (200 km) east/west in two broad arms

 that connect near Kenney Dam at the

 easternmost end of the Nechako Reservoir.

 The northern arm consists of Ootsa Lake and

 Whitesail Lake, while the southern arm, which

 bisects Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, consists

 of Eutsuk Lake and Tetachuck Lakes.

 With a short portage between Whitesail and

 Eutsuk (a tramway has been built to haul

 bigger boats across), the lakes can be boated

as a 170-mile (275-km) canoe circuit that runs

 through the vast glacial expanses of the Coast

 Mountains in the west, for which Tweedsmuir

 is renowned, and rolling Interior Plateau hills

 in the east.

Hiking Trails start across from Wistaria Provincial

 Park and lead back into the heart of Tweedsmuir.

 Shorter trails are scattered about, mostly at the

 western end of the two western lakes.

 The Chickamin Mountain Trail (3 km/3 hours)

 is a good day-hike from Blackwell Point

 campsite to the Alpine meadows of the Chickamin

 Mountain Range, with an elevation change of

 about 600 metres.

 Surel Lake Trail (1.5 km long/2 hours) meanders

 through a beautiful coastal forest to Surel Falls –

 elevation change of about 50 metres.

Sand Cabin Bluff Trail 500 metres/30 minutes)

 offers spectacular panoramas of the Nechako

Plateau and Quanchus Mountains – elevation

 change is about 90 metres.

Tetachuk River Trail (5 km/2 hours) takes one on

 an easy hike from the east end of Eutsuk Lake

 along the Tetachuk River to wonderful fishing


 The Zinc Mountain Mining Road leads up the

 north side of the Chikamin Range from Whitesail


 The elevation change on this approximately

4-km hike is about 1,300 metres, taking an

average of 2 hours.

 Redfish Lake Trail (1.6 km/1 hour) is off Eutsuk

 Lake, a good spot for fly-fishing.

The Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail runs

 through Tweedsmuir, but it’s not the only trail

 of length in this park.

For experienced hikers, a series of trails start

 from the north shore of Ootsa Lake, to hike this

 route, you’ll need to get across nearly 5 kilometres

 of open water on Ootsa Lake, which is notorious

 for sudden changes of weather and high


Once across the lake, hiking trails lead to

Sabina Lake, Chief Louise Lake, Nutli Lake, and

ultimately Blanchet Lake, 30 miles (50 km) beyond

 Ootsa Lake.

There is little margin for error in this huge

wilderness area, and backpacking here is

 recommended for expert backcountry aficionados


 Because Tweedsmuir Park is an undeveloped

wilderness with no facilities, visitors should be

 self-sufficient and properly equipped.

The park’s lakes and streams are sources of

drinking water, but it is advisable to carry your

 own potable water.

 Hikers can arrange to be dropped off and

picked up by a local outfitter or tour operator.

 Wilderness camping is permitted, but few

 facilities are provided.

Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park is located

approximately 60 miles (96 km) south of

Highway #16, between Burns Lake and Houston.

To reach the northern half of the park, you’re

 limited to floatplane access from the town of

 Burns Lake, jet-boat from Ootsa Landing

 (Nechako Reservoir), or by foot or horseback via

 the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail.

Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is approximately

300 miles (480 km) northwest of Vancouver by air.





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  1. Reblogged this on Cheryl Young's Blog.

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