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Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Bowron Lake Provincial Park is located just north of the gold rush towns of Barkerville and Wells, approximately 120 km (75 miles) east of Quesnel.

Travelling Here
To get to Bowron Lake Provincial Park, take Hwy 97 to the Hwy 26 junction point which is located on the north side of Quesnel near the A&W. Once on Hwy 26, you then travel approximately 86 km (54 miles) to the turnoff for the Bowron Lake Road, about 1 km (0.6 mile) west of Barkerville. From here, the headquarters and visitor info centre for Bowron Lake Provincial Park is another 34 km (21 miles) on a gravel road.

Canoe Circuit
Bowron Lake Provincial Park is situated north-west of the Cariboo Mountains Provincial Park and is well-noted for the world famous Bowron Lakes canoe circuit which involves a total trip of approximately 116 km (72 miles). The experience involves paddling a series of rivers, a chain of eleven lakes, and hiking through a number of portages. The canoe circuit, which is shaped like a large rectangle, is open from May 15 to September 30. To do it requires reservations, 6 to 10 days to complete it, plus it involves being self reliant and camping out in rustic campgrounds nestled in the deep forest in a wilderness setting.

Registration
Reservations and registration for the canoe and kayak circuit is required by BC Parks and must be completed before the beginning of your trip. Look for the boat launch and the registration kiosk next to the Bowron Lake Provincial Campground where you can find parking for your vehicle. Reservations for the trip can be made by using the Discover Camping website starting on January 2nd.

Wilderness Campgrounds
There are wilderness campgrounds along the route and they should be studied on a map before starting out, in order to know the stamina requirements, distances, and availability of campsites. A detailed map is available from BC Parks for Bowron Lakes Provincial Park. Pit-toilets are located throughout the provincial park and at each campsite designation on the canoe circuit.

Fishing
For anglers, fishing is very good throughout the park and with the appropriate license, you can try your luck for Kokanee, Rainbow, Lake, and Bull trout. The best time to go is usually in June or September; just make sure you have a good selection of flies and lures, and check at the local stores or lodges if you need a license or more information.

Vehicle-Accessible Campground
There is a vehicle-accessible campground with 25 campsites available if you would like to camp near the registration building. From here, there is a small boat launch on Bowron Lake within walking distance of your campsite on a short trail. The campground features fairly private sites with pit-toilets and tap water available, plus scales for weighing your canoe and its load, as there are restrictions on the portages when going on the canoe circuit.

Sandy Beaches
For relaxing along the route, there are a number of sandy beaches situated on the various lakes with some swimming available, especially on the western side. Just remember the water is cold; wear proper safety equipment around the water and keep in your water craft, plus if you are swimming, there are no lifeguards present anywhere in the BC Provincial Park system.

Wildlife
Pets are only allowed on-leash in the vehicle-accessible campground in Bowron Lake Provincial Park. Dogs and other domestic animals are prohibited from coming along when participating in the Bowron Lake canoe circuit. Make sure you are also aware of safe bear and other wildlife procedures when encountering animals in the area. Bears especially have been encountered by many people when completing the canoe circuit or travelling to and from the park, or within the park itself.

Bear River Mercantile
If you need or have forgotten anything before the canoe circuit, there is a store located near the entrance to the park called the Bear River Mercantile. Here you can find friendly owners offering a wide range of stuff, including information on what to expect while travelling the Bowron Lakes circuit trip, a general store, restaurant, various rental cabins, campground, canoe, and cart rentals, plus a small museum for curiosity seekers.

Becker's Lodge
Another place where you can rent canoes or kayaks plus get information on the canoe circuit is at Becker's Lodge. The wilderness resort which is located near the provincial park boat launch has been operating since 1933 and offers a range of adventure services. Becker's Lodge features rustic-style cabins and campground, some of which are serviced with electricity. There is a general store and a beautiful beach along Bowron Lake.

Bowron Lake Lodge and Resort
For a private campground located on Bowron Lake try the Bowron Lake Lodge and Resort situated next to the Bowron River.

BC Parks

 

Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit
Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit

 

Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit
Bowron Lakes Canoe Circuit

 

Bowron Lakes Registration Building
Bowron Lakes Registration Building

 

Bowron Lake
Bowron Lake

 

Fishing at Bowron Lake Provincial Park
Fishing at Bowron Lake Provincial Park

 

Vehicle-Accessible Campgound
Vehicle-Accessible Campgound

 

Moose in Bowron Lake Park
Moose in Bowron Lake Park

 

Bowron River Mecantile
Bowron River Mercantile

 

Becker's Lodge Canoe Rentals
Becker's Lodge Canoe Rentals

 

Bowron River
Bowron River

 
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