Muncho Lake Provincial Park
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Introduction

Muncho Lake Provincial Park is a picturesque 213-acre park in the northern Rockies of British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by glacier-fed turquoise lakes, folded mountains, alpine rivers, and highland wildflowers, this scenic park is a popular spot for hiking, biking, and boating in the summer months and snow sports in the winter time.

Named after the large lake formed in the last ice age, Muncho Lake Provincial Park means ‘Big Lake’, and offers two RV-friendly campgrounds. Spread across a hillside that slopes down towards the lake, all campsites offer lake views. The sites are RV-friendly with 15 full-service pull-through sites, eight electrical pull-through sites, and seven unserviced sites, as well as one cabin. Facilities include a dump station, restrooms with free hot showers, but there are no laundry facilities and Wi-Fi can be slow.

Set on the banks of the seven-mile (12 km) Muncho Lake much of the activity at Muncho Lake Provincial Park is water-based. With on-site boat launch area and summer temperatures reaching 66⁰ F (20⁰ C), you can bring your own boat for tubing and water skiing or launch a canoe or kayak to explore along the shoreline. Sport fishing for lake trout, arctic grayling, bull trout, and whitefish is also popular.

On land, hunting, mountaineering, bird and wildlife watching can be enjoyed. The corridor through Muncho Lake Provincial Park is fantastic for spotting caribou, moose, stone sheep and mountain goat. If you’re lucky you may catch a rare glimpse of a coyote, wolf, lynx or even grizzly and black bears!

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Transportation in Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Driving

Muncho Lake Provincial Park is located along the Alaska Highway which bisects the park and provides access to both Strawberry Flats and MacDonald campgrounds.

There are no specific driving restrictions within the park but take care after heavy rainfall as flash flooding is possible and the roads can be slippery. Drive with caution when approaching the alluvial fans along the highway and reduce your speed when driving through the park as it is home to animals that can run into the road.

Once you’ve set up your RV camp you can get around on the hiking and biking trails or launch your boat and explore the lake. Parking is available throughout the park and if you’re staying overnight you can also park your rig in the campground.

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Campgrounds and parking in Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Campsites in Muncho Lake Provincial Park

Reservations camping

First-come first-served

MacDonald Campground

The MacDonald Campground is home to 15 RV or tent sites at the northern end of the seven-mile (12 km) lake. According to past campers, the campsites are more suitable for smaller rigs under 30 feet, but larger sites may be available so call ahead to check.

There is a small beach and a boat launch area. Facilities include toilets, drinking water and garbage facilities. Hand pumps are shut off during the off season. The campground is pet-friendly but dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times. Quiet hours have to be respected between 23h00 and 07h00. Generators can be used outside of quiet hours.

Strawberry Flats Campground

The Strawberry Flats Campground is home to 15 non-reservable RV or tent sites at the southern end of Muncho Lake. According to past campers, the campsites are more suitable for smaller rigs under 30 feet, but larger sites may be available so call ahead to check.

There is a small beach and a boat launch area for car-top boats at this campground. Facilities include toilets, drinking water and garbage facilities. Hand pumps are shut off during the off season. The campground is pet-friendly but dogs need to be kept on a leash at all times. Quiet hours have to be respected between 23h00 and 07h00. Generators can be used outside of quiet hours.

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Seasonal activities in Muncho Lake Provincial Park

In-Season

Hiking

Hiking enthusiasts will be in their element at Muncho Lake Provincial Park. You will find all sorts of hiking and biking trails in the park and the surrounds, with everything from short walks to long, challenging hikes in the wilderness. Always keep to designated hiking trails and be careful of damaging any plants in the park.

Fishing

Anglers can enjoy sport fishing at Muncho Lake Provincial Park. Muncho Lake is filled with a variety of fish, including lake trout, arctic grayling, bull trout, mountain whitefish, and white and long nose suckers. Please note that British Columbia fishing regulations apply and you will require a valid fishing permit to fish here. As the lake is susceptible to over-fishing, practice catch and release fishing whenever possible.

Boating

Muncho Lake Provincial Park is the ideal summer destination. With summer temperatures reaching 66⁰ F (20⁰ C), it's the perfect time to enjoy swimming and boating on the seven-mile (12 km) Muncho Lake. Bring your own watercraft along and launch it at the boat launch area located at MacDonald Campground and enjoy tubing and water skiing, canoeing and kayaking here.

Off-Season

Bird Watching

Bird watchers will be in their element at Muncho Lake Provincial Park. For those interested in birds, Muncho Lake and Drogheda Lake are known congregation areas for a variety of migrating birds, such as Canada geese, ducks, grebes, mergansers, loon, and a whole lot more. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars!

Winter Sports

The hiking trails in and around Muncho Lake Provincial Park are not only popular in the summer months. They are also groomed for winter sports in the off season. Campers can enjoy snow sports such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing here. Snow gear and snowshoes are not available for hire at the park office so you will need to bring your own equipment.

Wildlife Watching

Enjoy some fantastic wildlife watching at Muncho Lake Provincial Park. With all sorts of ecosystems, from swamps to alpine slopes, you can spot all sorts of wildlife such as caribou, sheep, moose, and mountain goat. Rare sightings include wolf, coyote, marmot, and grizzly and black bear. When near wildlife, resist the urge to get too close as these animals should not become accustomed to being around humans.

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