Lake Provincial Park area covers more than 19,000 hectares including
Carp Lake, War Lake and numerous other
lakes and streams making water activities the most popular pastime within
the park. Island dotted Carp Lake encompasses over 6000 hectares of
spectacular natural beauty.
shore of Carp Lake has extensive sandy beaches broken by smooth-bouldered
areas. The lake itself lies in a glacial till plain with thousands of
grooves and drumlin-like ridges which account for its many-armed shape,
its myriads of islands and countless bays and coves. The plentiful fish
of Carp Lake are the prime recreational resource of the park.
enthusiasts will be pleased to encounter a wide variety of animal
life including moose, deer, black bears and an abundant array of birds
and waterfowl. Alder and willow grow near the shoreline and back into
a mixed forest of aspen, spruce and lodgepole pine.
was named for a passage in explorer Simon Frasers journal where he stated
that the Carrier Indians came to the lake to "catch immense numbers
of fish of the carp kind". Fraser, who worked for the Northwest Company
in the early 1800's, founded Trout Lake Fort at McLeod Lake. This was
the first white settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Remnants of
a trail used by Indians and fur traders during this time period still
can be seen today.
community of McLeod Lake, which is 141 kilometres north of Prince
George, an access road to Carp
Lake Provincial Park joins the John
Hart Highway #97. From McLeod Lake
community to the Carp Lake Campground is 32 kilometres.
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
- There are two campgrounds within Carp
Lake Provincial Park; War Lake (12 sites) and Carp Lake
(90 sites). Water, toilets and firewood are provided. A playground,
horseshoe pits and a picnic shelter are located at the Carp Lake Campground.
There are also wilderness campgrounds on three of the islands in Carp
and Boating - A boat launch is located near the main campground.
The lake provides a beautiful setting to enjoy the day boating,
canoeing or angling with fly or spinner for rainbow trout.
and Trails - Trails connect the campground with Rainbow Lake,
the McLeod River and two of Carp Lakes beautiful sandy beaches.
A trail leads between Dace Lake and Drumlin Bay.
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