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Atna River Park


Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed, but there are no developed or maintained campsites in Atna River Park. Please keep your camping impacts to a minimum.

Campfires are permitted, but no campfire rings or developed campsites are provided. Paddlers must bring a portable stove for cooking.

Portage trails link all the lakes and waterways of lakes, and provide safe routes around rapids and waterfalls.  During the rainy season, portage trails may become rugged and muddy making passage challenging in places.

Other than portages, there are no developed trails in the park.

Atna Lake is glacier fed and very cold.  Most swimmers limit themselves to short dips for refreshment.

To access Atna River Park by canoe you must first drive to Morice Lake Provincial Park. Launch your canoe from the campsite at the NE end of Morice Lake. Most canoe parties plan to arrive at the campsite the night before in order to have an early morning departure. Morice Lake often has high winds and large waves making it dangerous for canoe parties.  The safest time to paddle is early in the morning.  From the campsite, the safest route is to follow the lakeshore to the north east and proceed around the head of the lake to reach the west shoreline. Proceed south west along the shoreline to reach Atna Bay. At the back end of Atna Bay, you will find the Atna River mouth.  Proceed past the river mouth to the next small cove to find the portage trailhead. 

The first short portage (200m) is known as the “Corkscrew” as it winds around some old blow-down. After completing the portage, paddle upstream along the still pools of the lower Atna River to the waterfall and find the next portage to the right of the base of the falls. This portage is also short (200m), but the first portion around the falls is very steep. Paddle across the next pool of the Atna River to reach the final portage at the right side of the river outlet. This portage is the longest of the three at 320m.


The sport fish in the lakes are lake trout, Dolly Varden and whitefish.  Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing
There are plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities in Atna River Park.
Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be under control at all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There are climbing opportunities in the park.

Hunting is allowed in the park. All hunters to the area should refer to the current BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.