The Finger-Tatuk area was first identified as a potential protected area in 1994. The park was legislated in June of 1999, following the recommendations of the Vanderhoof Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP).
The area around Finger and Tatuk Lakes was heavily used in earlier times by various Carrier First Nations. Food cache pits, culturally altered trees, traditional trails, and lodge or “kickwillie” depressions have been documented within the park. A village site near Tatuk Lake was the subject of an archaeological dig in the 1970s.
In the early 1900s, the area was sporadically populated by trappers, ranchers and fur-farmers. The Batnuni Wagon Trail ran through the southeast part of the park connecting to the Meridian road. The Frontier Cattle Company drove their herds from the Home Ranch through this area, which Rich Hobson’s books later documented. All natural and cultural resources are protected in the park. Damage to, collection or removal of any natural resource or cultural artifact is prohibited.
Finger-Tatuk Park protects one of the best representations of sub-boreal spruce and Englemann spruce/sub-alpine fir within the Nazko Upland. The area also contributes to the maintenance of local and provincial biological diversity. A wide range of lake sizes across a landscape interconnected by wetland riparian corridors provides important wildlife habitat features. The kokanee run each fall in Finger Creek is regionally significant.
Wild rainbow trout and kokanee are abundant in the area, and the diverse and high-value habitat in the park provide for a range of animal species including grizzly and black bear, ungulates, small fur-bearers, waterfowl, shore-birds, and eagles.