Nazko Lake Park provides canoeing, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing in a natural environment, while protecting extensive wetlands for moose and aquatic fur-bearers. This is a wilderness park, offering a two to three day wilderness canoe circuit, along with three rustic, vehicle-access campgrounds at Summit, Loomis and Deerpelt Lakes. A pit toilet and picnic tables are provided at each site, but firewood and potable water are not available.
Please note that Summit and Loomis Lakes are not connected to the canoe chain.
There are marine-accessible sites available on the canoe chain, but no facilities are provided.
This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis; campsite reservations are not accepted. The park is open year-round, when accessible.
This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
There is a car top boat launch at Nazko Lake (power boats are permitted on Nazko Lake). There is no boat launch at Deerpelt Lake; a steep trail leads from the campsite to the lake. A very narrow, steep track with poor visibility travels along one side of Deerpelt Lake to Nazko Lake. This track offers little room to maneuver a vehicle or turn around and is very slippery when wet. It is recommended that canoeists park at Deerpelt Lake to access the canoe chain.
No firewood available. Firewood can be purchased outside the park or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to 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. 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.
There are six portage trails connecting the Nazko Lake canoe chain, ranging from a 20 metres to 800 metres. The portage trails are marked at each end with white diamonds. 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.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Nazko Lake Canoe Chain: Nazko Lake Park has a small chain of lakes, ideal for a 2-4 day canoe trip. This 20 km route spans six lakes (Deerpelt Lake, Nazko Lake, Tanilkul Lake, Nastachi Lake, Tzazati Lake, and Tchusiniltil Lake) and has short, easy portages. Most of the portages are marked. There are four designated campsites on the canoe chain; one at the north end of Nazko Lake, two on Tanikul Lake at the north and south ends, and one at the south end of Tzazati Lake. To protect the delicate balance of ecosystems in this park visitors are required to camp only at these designated sites. More detailed information on the canoe chain »
Fishing for rainbow trout is best in the spring, but the fish turn muddy as soon as the weather warms up. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Nazko Lake 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.
The park is located in the northern part of the Chilcotin Plateau northwest of Alexis Creek. Access is on logging roads and a dirt track. Drivers of two wheel drive vehicles should have no problems, provided they do not go beyond Deerpelt Lake. Described below are two access routes. The first route is a little quicker, with less travel on dirt roads, but in the spring and fall it can be very muddy and slippery. The alternate route is recommended during wet weather.
Take Highway 20 west from Williams Lake. Pass through the village of Alexis Creek (111 km from Williams Lake). Bull Canyon Park is six km further on. At the top of the hill past this small park, look for the Alexis Lakes Road and turn right. Travel approximately 32 km on the Alexis Lakes Road then turn left onto the 4600 Road (Clusko-Aneko Forest Service Road). The road to Loomis Lake and the Nazko Lake Canoe Chain is at kilometre 11.5, on the right, just past the 4645 marker sign. Loomis Lake is 11 km from the 4600 Road, and Deerpelt Lake, where the Canoe Chain starts, is about another 2.5 km.
Travelling west on Highway 20 approximately 67 km west of Williams Lake (or 21 km west of Riske Creek), turn right on the 1300 Road (also called Bush Road or Alex Graham/Raven Lake Forest Service Road). Continue on the 1300 Road for approximately 44 km. Just past the 45 marker sign on the 1300 Road turn left onto the 4600 Road. Travel for 45.5 km. The access road to the Nazko Lake Canoe Chain is on the right, just past the 4645 marker sign. Continue as above.
These roads are active haul roads, and you may encounter logging trucks at any time. Please drive carefully and use your headlights.
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.