Monkman Provincial Park
The park boasts numerous backcountry camping spots: at kilometre 7 (Murray River crossing), at kilometre 13, at kilometre 20 (Cascades), at kilometre 22 (Devils Creek), and at kilometre 25 (Monkman Lake). Each
campsite is equipped with a bear cache (to store foodstuffs and
gear), a fire ring and pit toilet. Please use these designated areas.
There are two tent pads at the Murray river Crossing and eight at
the Monkman Lake sites. The km 13 campsite has it has access to water, a fire pit, a bear cache and a few tent spots. Camping at backcountry campsites is on a first-come
first-served basis. Campfires are permitted only in designated backcountry
campsites. Firewood is in short supply, so please keep fires small
for safety and to conserve firewood for the next hiker. Use of Primus-type
campstoves is encouraged.
Hikers and wilderness campers are encouraged to fill out a volunteer
questionnaire giving information as to how many people are in their
party, destination, and schedule. Any comments about the park and
its amenities are also appreciated.
The southeast section of Monkman Park holds several
beautiful aquamarine lakes, which are the source of the Murray
River. This area of the
park is considered to be prime grizzly bear habitat and extensive
human intrusion is not encouraged. Recently, the southern boundary
of Monkman was extended to include areas with high conservation
and recreation features, including the upper Fontoniko Creek,
Limestone Lakes area, and the rolling plateau to the west. This
addition protects old-growth spruce forests, unique geological
and important recreation aspects of the park's terrain, wildlife,
and Backcountry Hikes
: Monkman Provincial Park offers a small
but attractive selection of short hiking trails, including routes
to viewpoints of Kinuseo Falls and the Murray River, a 3-km trail
from the main campground to Kinuseo Falls, and the route around
the perimeter of a beaver pond. Day hikers wanting more of a stretch
can walk the Monkman Lake Trail as far as the Murray River Crossing
an easy hike that is 7 km one way. The Murray River Crossing boasts
a suspension bridge, which can lead more serious explorers into
the park's interior.
To the south of the Kinuseo Falls campground lies the main body of Monkman Provincial Park. Access is via the 63-km Monkman Lake Trail
, which winds through this portion of the park and provides backpackers and hikers with an opportunity to experience the unspoiled splendor of the area. As beautiful as the trail to Monkman Lake is, it passes the most spectacular feature of the park, the Monkman Cascades. These are a series of ten stunning waterfalls along Monkman Creek that thunder over rock ledges separated by placid pools. The trail, which follows the historic Monkman Pass route, ends at Hobies cabin on the Herrick River 10 km beyond the southern boundary of the park.
of the great natural wonders of the province, Kinuseo Falls are
a highlight of Monkman Provincial Park. A 42-site campground and
day-use area are located nearby in the park. Above the falls, the
folding and faulting which occurred with the uplift of the Rockies
millions of years ago can be seen as an “S” curve on the far wall.
Visitors to Kinuseo Falls will find recreational opportunities such
as hiking short trails to viewpoints, as well as many chances to
admire the diverse scenery, take photographs, and engage in rewarding
nature studies. The campground also provides an ideal base for hikers
and campers interested in backcountry adventures.
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