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Francois Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Francois Lake Park is located at the east end of Francois Lake, protecting 25 km of shoreline and predominantly coniferous forests. Recreation opportunities include boating and fishing on Francois Lake, with rustic camping and picnic facilities in a dramatic viewscape.
The park’s forest and plant life provides a high quality moose winter habitat and is home to a wide range of mammals, birds and fish species.
Know Before You Go
- Take your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park.
- Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) are prohibited in this park. ORVs include ATVs, off-road motorcycles, snowmobiles, and side-by-sides.
From Fraser Lake, head west on Hwy 16 for 3.3 km and turn left onto the Francois Lake Road. Follow this for 7.2 km and turn left onto the Nithi Road. Follow this for 1.8 km and turn right onto Dahlgren Road. Follow this road for 4.4 km around the east end of Francois Lake to the campsite.
From Burns Lake, drive east along Hwy 16 to Endako. On the east side of Endako, head south on the Endako Mine Road to the Francois Lake Road. Turn left on this road, follow it through Glennanan, over the Stellako River, and 2.75 km further to the Nithi Road. See the directions above for Fraser Lake for the rest.
Nature and Culture
- History: Francois Lake Park was protected by the provincial government in 1999 following recommendations of the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Cultural Heritage: The Francois Lake area has an abundant First Nations history. Along with the adjacent Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park, the area includes land claims from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council. The various bands with an interest in the greater Francois Lake and Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park include Wet’suwet’en First Nation, Nadleh Whut’en Band, Stellat’en First Nation, Burns Lake Band, Nee Tahi Buhn Band, and Skin Tyee Band. The area was traditionally used by the First Nations people for hunting, fishing and gathering and many culturally modified trees have been located in the park. A major First Nations village site was located at Anjur Bay. Trails throughout the park may have been part of a grease trail linking coastal and interior First Nations people.
- Conservation: Francois Lake Park is located within the Bukley Basin Ecosection and protects important habitat, including riparian zones, to many wildlife species. Remnant productive low-elevation old-growth forest is found near the lakeshore due to an unusual microclimate. Along with Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park to the west, Francois Lake Park protects a 47 km long corridor along the south shore of Francois Lake, and retains connectivity between riparian and upland ecosystems. Rare plant species and plant communities are found within the park.
- Wildlife: Deer, moose and black bear are among the large mammals whose habitat is protected in the park, while sockeye salmon rearing and migrating habitat is found near the lakeshore.
Activities Available at this Park
- Google Earth KMZ file of the Black Point Trail, must have Google Earth and/or and Google Maps installed.