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Bonaparte Provincial Park
About This Park
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.
Know Before You Go
- Motorized vehicle prohibited area (except aircraft – float plane access is open for private use; commercial airlines require a Park Use Permit.)
- There is a snowmobile use area in the southern portion of the park. No Park Use Permit or Letter of Permission are required at present.
- If you are interested in finding out more details about the park trails and accesses, there is a book written by Richard Alan Youds called “The Bonaparte Plateau – An Access Guide” that may help with your next visit to the park.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was created April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.The park is a wilderness area that is not regularly serviced or patrolled. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Bonaparte Park.
- Cultural Heritage: Many native place names give evidence of native use in the area. Native groups may have traveled into the park for hunting and gathering activities. There is a rich lore of information about the historic use of the area for fly-in fishing camps and historic ranching activities.
- Conservation: Bonaparte Park protects over 5000 hectares of undeveloped watershed in the upper Deadman River region, and Montane spruce and Engelmann spruce-Sub alpine fir forests. It is an excellent example of typical Northern Thompson Uplands Ecosection: lakes, sedge meadows and riparian. The park encompasses important habitat for fisher and Sandhill Crane, and protects lakes with wild rainbow trout stock. Also, marten, moose, timber wolf, Common Loon, Barrows Goldeneye, Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse, Osprey and Great Horned Owl are present in the park. Unique geological features include the volcanic plug of Skoatl Point and Stockton Hill south of Bare Lake.
- Wildlife: Includes fisher, marten, moose, timber wolf, sandhill crane, mule deer, black bear, beaver, waterfowl, grouse, and numerous other small mammals and birds.