Set on the Bonaparte Plateau, a large mid-elevation plateau lake setting has no roads. The area has wild fish stocks and high wilderness recreation values for hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, hunting, and adventure tourism.
There are unique geological features including the volcanic plug of Skoatl Point and Stockton Hill south of Bare Lake. Only very rustic camping sites exist, so visitors must be self-sufficient and be prepared for wilderness camping. The park also contains many trails and four fly-in fishing resorts.
There is a Forest Recreation Site with pit toilets and picnic tables just outside the southeast corner of the park, at Windy Lake. This site is accessible by vehicle and makes a good base for hiking to Skoatl Point and exploring the southern part of the park.
Note that there are privately-owned resorts offering guided fishing and accommodation.
User-maintained very rustic campsites exist at various lakes.
Wild and stocked rainbow trout are found in most lakes. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the B.C. Fishing Regulations for seasons and closures.
Seasonal hunting is permitted. Anyone hunting in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for seasons and closures.
The park is located on the Bonaparte Plateau south of Bonaparte Lake, approximately 55 km northwest of Kamloops. The park is accessed via logging roads up Jamieson Creek, which is 25 km north of Kamloops on the Westsyde road. Roads are limited, with access by floatplane and horse. Float plane access is open for private use; commercial airlines require a Park Use Permit. Limited mechanized access (snowmobile) is allowed in specified areas.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.