Nahatlatch Park is characterized by scenic mountain peaks and glaciers, old growth forests, and a unique lake and river system. Nahatlatch protects one of the largest intact wetlands remaining in the Lower Mainland. A series of small streams flow into, out of, and between the three lakes in the park; Frances, Hannah, and Nahatlatch. Their waters drain into the Nahatlatch River, which is 20km upstream from its confluence with the Fraser.
The powerful Nahatlatch River features a spectacular series of rapids, ideal for river rafting and kayaking. Those seeking a more tranquil experience will enjoy canoeing around and between the placid lakes, swimming in the backwater pools, and fishing along the lakeshores. Other activities for summer recreationists include backcountry hiking, and bird and wildlife viewing, and camping in a rustic setting.
Please note: This park is cooperatively managed by a community, society or other partner. Services and facilities may differ from those offered in other BC Parks.
Access to this park is via an active logging road, which is usually busy Monday through Friday. Sections of this road are narrow, hilly, rough, and can be very dusty. Please drive carefully.
ATVs are not allowed in the park.
There are six different camping areas, located at various points on the road side of the lakes. Each site has a rustic picnic table, rock fire ring and pit toilet. The park is open year-round when accessible.
Sites at Francis and Hanna Lake can accommodate one camping party each. The ranger cabin site accommodates one party with the opportunity to stay inside the cabin. Nahatlatch has three camp sites. Salmon Beach has two camp sites. Squakum has eleven camp sites. All sites are situated in treed areas, on the shores of the lake.
Most visitors camp in either tents or campers. Because the access road to the park can be very rough, very few camp in trailers or 5th wheels. Long weekends are very busy at this park. The closest phone and shopping facilities are at Boston Bar.
Vehicle accessible camping fee: $20.00 per party / night
Firewood can be purchased from the park operator or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, it is prohibited to gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. If you rely on campfires for cooking, be prepared to bring a portable stove should a campfire ban be implemented. Due to high winds funnelling through this valley, visitors are requested to keep their campfires small.
The lakes are very cold but provide opportunities to swim. The lake bottom is usually rocky with small areas of sand. During high water, until mid August, there are little or no beach areas. Visitors should use caution when swimming near the outflow of the lakes. There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk.
Fishing in this area is for trout. Historically the area is not known for successful fishing. The lakes do not seem to have any hot spots. One area of Nahatlatch Lake where some visitors have had limited success is in the area underneath the rock lookout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Cycling is available on the logging roads in the area but visitors should use extreme caution due to the narrowness of the road and traffic from logging trucks. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Nahatlatch Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
Directions to Nahatlatch Provincial Park
To Nahatlatch – zeroed from the intersection of Chaumox Road and North Bend Station Road:
|0 km||Chaumox Road at North Bend Station Road|
|9.2 km||Road junction, keep left (park’s directional sign)|
|10.6 km||Road junction, keep right (park’s directional sign); road turns into Nahatlatch Forest Service Road|
|13 km||Road to the right to private property and river access; stay on the main road.|
|15 km||Cross 4 Barrel Mainline Road (to REO Rafting Resort) and Keefers Road, then keep left at the fork.|
|23.7 km||Road junction, keep left (Kookpi Creek Forest Service Road)|
|24.1 km||Continue Straight. (Log Creek Bridge and Forest Service Campsite, Log Creek Forest Service Road.)|
|25.6 km||Frances Lake Campsite (entering Provincial Park)|
|26.9 km||Hannah Lake Campsite|
|26.6 km||Ranger Station Campsite|
|29.5 km||Nahatlatch Lake Campsite|
|31 km||Salmon Beach Campsite|
|31.1 km||Rough Boat Launch Area|
|33.5 km||Squakum Creek Campsite|
|35 km||High Bench Lookout|
|40.2 km||Road to river and old trapper’s cabin and REO rafting take out|
|41.1 km||Continue Straight|
|42 km||FRBC Road, salmon spawning area, new gate|
|42.4 km||Continue Straight|
|42.5 km||Bridge over Tachewana Creek|
|43 km||Road hard left down to creek, another road possible to river|
|44 km||Continue Straight|
|46.2 km||Continue Straight|
|48.8 km||Gated bridge over Nahatlatch River, trail to Mehatl Creek falls from log sort|
|49.2 km||After crossing the bridge, turn left to get to Grizzly Falls (2 km to falls)|
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.