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Seeley Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
The Hazelton Mountains form a beautiful backdrop for this well-maintained campground. It is a peaceful place to enjoy a relaxing overnight stay with camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing.
Seeley Lake Park offers a small, sandy beach on the lake to visitors for day-use and swimming. Picnic tables and toilets are available.
Know Before You Go
- A marsh harbours a variety of nesting birds, mammals and reptiles. Visitors are asked to respect this habitat by minimizing disturbance.
This park is located 10 km west of Hazelton on Highway #16. New Hazelton and Old Hazelton are the closest communities to this park.
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Nature and Culture
- History: This park was established March 16, 1956.
Cultural Heritage: Seelely Lake Park lies within the asserted traditional territory of the Gitxsan First Nation. Within the park there are a number of features that are of cultural significance to the Gitxsan. Visitors are encouraged to visit the K’san Historical Village in Hazelton to learn more about Gitxsan culture and history.
- Conservation: Seeley Lake is located within the Nass Ranges Ecosection, and the interior cedar hemlock biogeoclimatic zone. Its special feature is the marsh and wetland habitat surrounding Seeley Lake. Ecologically, this is a sensitive area and provides important habitat for a variety of waterfowl including loons, geese, ducks, as well as mammals such as beavers, muskrats and moose.
- Wildlife: Bird watchers can enjoy some quiet time on the marsh-viewing platform overlooking Seeley Lake. You will find a wide variety of species in the marsh and woods nearby.
- Management Planning Information
Approved Seeley Lake Provincial Park Management Direction Statement [PDF]; because of the large size of the figures, they are listed separately:
Activities Available at this Park
Seeley Lake Park offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities under the scenic backdrop of the Hazelton Mountains. Boat use is restricted to electric motors, only on Seeley Lake. There is no boat launch provided at the park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Seeley Lake contains cutthroat and rainbow trout and fishing here can be rewarding. There are opportunities for ice fishing in this park.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is a 500m walking trail along the lakeshore that leads to a wildlife viewing platform. Please supervise children on this trail. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Swimming is a popular activity in Seeley Lake during the summer months.
There is a wildlife-viewing platform located on the edge of Seely Lake. Visitors can gain access to it by following a short walking trail. The Seeley Lake marsh harbours nesting birds, mammals and reptiles.
There is ice skating available on Seeley Lake. Check the ice thickness before venturing out.
Facilities Available at this Park
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
A well is located in the day-use parking area near the park entrance. Visitors can access water using the hand pump.
The park has a day-use/picnic area located on the shore of Seeley Lake with scenic mountain views. Swimming and bird watching are popular activities at the park. There are picnic tables and pit toilets available.
Pit or Flush Toilets
There are pit toilets located throughout the campground and day-use area.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Seeley Lake Park offers a vehicle-accessible campground with 20 campsites. The shaded campsites are moderate and small sized. There is one pull through site and 4 tent pads. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis; campsite reservations are not accepted.