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Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park (Boya Lake)
About This Park
Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park offers scenic camping and a wide variety of water recreation opportunities with Boya Lake's superb water clarity and colour, beckoning the traveller to explore its many islands and bays.
Tā Ch’ilā is situated on the Liard Plain, an area carved out by glaciers 20,000 years ago. The area is characterized by long ridges, or eskers, and elongated hills, or drumlins.
Boya Lake is also one of the few lakes in the north that is warm enough for swimming. The park offers two short hiking trails, a mountain bike trail and limitless bays and islands to discover by canoe or motor boat.
The lake is noted for its colour and clarity. The bottom is composed of marl, a mixture of silt and shell fragments. The crystal clear waters and aqua-marine lake colour are a result of the light reflecting from the marl bottom.
New features available
- Canoe and kayak rentals
All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system.
There is a 2 km access road east of Highway #37 that leads into the park. It is located about 150 km north of the town of Dease Lake, and about 285 km north of Kinaskan Lake Provincial Park.
Maps and Brochures
Nature and Culture
- History: Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park, established in November 1965, lies within the traditional territory of the Kaska Dene First Nation, who currently live in and around the settlement of Good Hope Lake. The interesting landscape of this park was formed by glaciers about 8,000 years ago, leaving a maze of gravel ridges (eskers) and pothole lakes.
- Conservation: Boya Lake is totally contained within the park, which protects a small portion of the Liard Plain ecosection.
- Wildlife: Moose and beaver live in and around the forest. Mountain goat and Osborne caribou roam above timberline on the Horseranch Range. You may also see a wide variety of waterfowl and songbirds.
Activities Available at this Park
The lake is perfect for the canoeing/kayaking enthusiast with its many islands and bays available for exploration. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Please contact the park operator for more information.
Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated bike trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Lake char, round whitefish, burbot, northern suckers, and sculpins make their home in Boya Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is limited access to fishing licence vendors on the Highway 37 corridor. Any visitors wishing to fish/angle in BC Parks in this area should strongly consider obtaining a BC Freshwater Fishing Licence while they have access to internet and a printer.
Tā Ch’ilā Park has 2 short interpretive walking trails suitable for seniors and children.
- The Lakeshore Trail is 1.5 km long and leaves from the north end of the campground.
- The Beaver Lodge Trail is also 1.5 km in length and leaves from the south end of the park, near the boat launch.
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.
Tā Ch’ilā Provincial Park is closed to hunting from April 1 to September 30 inclusive. Between October 1 to March 31, hunting is allowed subject to hunting season dates and regulations. Please consult the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for further information.
Please be advised that hunting and the discharge of firearms is prohibited within 400 metres of the campground access road, and service yard road at all times.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Boya Lake is one of the few lakes in the north that is warm enough for swimming. There is a dock at the day use area to swim from. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Both the Lakeshore Trail and Beaverlodge Trail provide great wildlife viewing opportunities.
Facilities Available at this Park
Some facilities in the park are wheelchair-accessible.
There is a boat launch southeast of the campground. 9.9hp boat engines or electric motors only please. This boat launch will be decommissioned in the near future as it is in poor condition.
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.
One cold water pump is located in the park, near the information shelter at the entrance to the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
There is a day use picnic area adjacent to Boya Lake with picnic tables, fire rings, and a large picnic shelter.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
There is a small playground in the day-use area.