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Crooked River Provincial Park
About This Park
Crooked River lies within the Fraser Basin, an irregularly shaped basin of gently rolling hills and shallow lakes covering much of North Central B.C. Three beautiful lakes are contained within this 963 hectare park.
The centre of activity of this park, an hour drive north of Prince George, is beach-fringed Bear Lake. The fine, sandy beaches are some of the best in the region and are favourites of swimmers and sunbathers. Fishing, hiking, camping and nature study are also popular activities with outdoor enthusiasts.
Visitors like to hike to nearby Square Lake or along the willow-lined Crooked River, the original route of early explorers. A natural feature in the park is Livingston Springs a cold water springs that run year-round).
Established Date: October 5, 1965
Park Size: 963 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Safe swimming practices are a must! Visitors are encouraged to remain within the designated area. As no lifeguard is on duty, children should be watched at all times and solo swimming should be avoided.
- To avoid problems with nuisance animals such as bears, please lock food in your vehicle at night and be sure to use the garbage containers provided. Never feed or approach bears.
- As the park is situated in open pine forest, it is tempting to walk off the trails. Visitors should keep in mind that it is easy to lose bearings in pine forests as the terrain is unvarying and can be confusing.
Leave No Trace
- Help protect the park land. Enjoy Crooked River Park but please leave it as you have found it so that future visitors may also enjoy the park.
- For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Crooked River Park is closed to hunting.
- No alcohol is allowed on the beach or in the day-use area.
- Pets are not permitted in the day-use area and must be kept on a leash at all times in any other area of the park.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Crooked River Provincial Park was originally established to protect its attractive lakes and surrounding landscape. The lakes are a result of the melting of the glacial ice blocks.
- Cultural Heritage: The Crooked River was once the corridor of the famous explorers Alexander MacKenzie and Simon Fraser.
- Conservation: The gently undulating landscape is covered by a thick layer of glacial drift supporting a forest dominated by white spruce, lodgepole pine and Douglas-fir, known as the Sub-boreal Spruce Zone. The forest cover within the park boundaries consists mainly of lodgepole pine interspersed with alder, birch, aspen and spruce. It sits atop a sand and gravel soil, the result of thousands of years of glacial activity in the area. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage.
- Wildlife: One of Crooked River Provincial Park’s trails takes visitors to and around Square Lake, an excellent spot for nature viewing. The lodgepole pine forests, lakes and wetlands of the park provide excellent habitat for a number of mammals and birds. River otter, beaver, muskrat, squirrels, and chipmunks are the most common residents. Lynx, red fox, coyote and black bear may also be seen. Many birds frequent the park including bald eagles, ospreys, tanagers and chickadees. In the winter, Crooked River is visited by trumpeter swans. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
- Management Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan for Crooked River Park. [PDF 227.16KB]
Activities Available at this Park
Please note: There have been regulation changes regarding the amount of fish allowed to be kept. Please view the Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations Synopsis for specific information.
Pets on Leash
Only Square Lake is available for ice fishing and is a popular lake among the locals. Hart Lake is closed to ice fishing.
Facilities Available at this Park
PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE DAY-USE AREAS. Alcohol is not permitted in the day-use area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Long stay campingAvailable sites: 1-16 and 30-43
A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long stay program is available from May 15 to September 11 in this park. Please contact the park operator to book one of these sites.
Information on other parks participating in this pilot program, or a link to the Long Stay Policy document, is available on the Frontcountry Camping Policies and Fees webpage.
Long-stay camping available. $65/week