Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park, located south of Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island offers a rugged wilderness experience in a remote setting. The park, situated at the south end of Nimpkish Lake, comprises the southernmost east-facing slopes of the Karmutzen mountain range and all of Tlakwa Creek drainage.
Nimpkish Lake Park protects old-growth coastal western hemlock forests in the Tlakwa Creek watershed, which features high ecological and wildlife values. Opportunities for nature appreciation, backcountry skiing, mountaineering and wilderness camping exist at this park, which is home to black-tailed deer and a variety of other wildlife.
Park Size: 3,950 hectares
There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided. Please practice “ Leave No Trace” camping ethics.
Opportunities for fresh water fishing exist in the park in the Tlakwa Creek. Anglers can also fish in Nimpkish Lake, outside of the park. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There are no developed trails at this park. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Nimpkish 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.
Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations and Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park is located at the south end of Nimpkish Lake, approximately 32 km south of Port McNeill. The easiest access to the park is by boat from Nimpkish Lake via the boat launch at Western Forest Products recreation site at Kim Creek, near the Nimpkish Service Station located halfway between Woss and Port McNeill on Highway 19.
There are a number of logging roads which end near the park boundary and provide moderate to strenuous walk-in access. These roads are within Western Forest Products TFL 37 and include: Tlakwa Creek; Upper Tahsish River; Kilpala and Karmutzen Creek. It is recommended that visitors contact Western Forest Products in Woss for detailed information on these roads. The chance of encountering loaded logging trucks while traveling these roads is highly likely. Visitors should be very cautious.
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.