Sowchea Bay Provincial Park
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Introduction

Once a forestry campsite, Sowchea Bay Provincial Park is a picturesque park that sits on the shore of Stuart Lake and offers amazing camping opportunities for RV vacationers. Located 20 km (12 miles) west of Fort St. James, along Sowchea Bay Road, this small provincial park with campsites sited next to the lake allows RV campers to enjoy water recreation within their campsite area.

Featuring 30 campsites available for RVs and tents, you will get the chance to make use of a number of amenities like pit toilets, hand pump, and boat launch at the park. None of the campsites in the park is equipped with RV hookup options, but all the campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Up to 12 campsites in the campground are available by reservation, while the rest are available on first-come first-served basis only. Some areas in the park are wheelchair accessible.

At Sowchea Bay Provincial Park, you can enjoy canoeing and kayaking on Stuart Lake and fish for rainbow trout, burbot and other species. Due to the strong winds on the lake, waterskiing and windsurfing opportunities are available.

Nearby attractions to Sowchea Bay Provincial Park include Fort St. James Historic site and Paarens Beach Provincial Park.

Sowchea Bay Provincial Park was established in 1989.

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Transportation in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park

Driving

Sowchea Bay Provincial Park is located 20 km (12 miles) west of Fort St. James, along Sowchea Bay Road, British Columbia. Consequently, this park is easy to access by RVs and trailers, as well as other motorized vehicles, owing to the fact this it is a simple drive-in park. The campsites in the park are located off the road in the park, and RVs that are large may have difficulty maneuvering within the park. So, the park is more suited to small RVs and trailers.

Parking

There is no designated parking area in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park besides the limited parking space available at the boat launch area. RV/trailer parking is therefore restricted to the designated campsites within the campground. Overnight parking is available for RV campers.

Public Transport

There are no direct public transportation services to Sowchea Bay Provincial Park.

Campgrounds and parking in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park

Campsites in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park

Reservations camping

Sowchea Bay Campground

There are 30 pet-friendly campsites at Sowchea Bay Campground available for RVs and tents. Of all 30 campsites, only 12 are available by reservations. The remaining 18 campsites are on first-come first-served basis only. There are no RV hookup options at the campground, however a hand pump and pit toilets are available. One of the pit toilets is wheelchair accessible. An information center is also available at the campground.

RV length limit at the campground is 32 feet, however, if you have a larger rig, you should contact the park ahead of visit to find out if there is space available for you. All the campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park

In-Season

Pet Walking

Get out with your pet and take a walk on the park’s road from your campsite to both ends of the park. Even though pets are not allowed in certain parts of the park, there is still a lot of ground to cover with your domesticated animals. As you do, keep them on a leash and make sure you clean up after them. It is unlikely that you’ll find wildlife in the park’s areas, but if you do, keep your pets away from them.

Fishing

Get your fishing gear and tackle as you visit Sowchea Bay Provincial Park because Stuart Lake is a popular destination for anglers. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout and burbot which anglers always look out for while fishing. It is also possible to catch kokanee and lake char in the lake, depending on a blend of skill and luck on the part of the angler. Not only can you fish from the shore of the lake, but you can fish on the lake from your canoe if you brought it along with you. Remember that you will need an appropriate fishing license in the park.

Canoeing

Plenty of opportunities to engage in canoeing and kayaking are available in Sowchea Bay Provincial Park for RV campers who enjoy such water recreation. Stuart Lake presents this wonderful opportunity to all, and everyone who wishes to paddle their canoe or kayak should bring their boats with them. This is because canoe and kayak rentals are not available in the park. There is, however, a concrete boat launch facility in the park which is a popular destination. As you paddle and kayak on the river, watch out for the frequent strong winds.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Sowchea Bay Provincial Park does not feature a day use or picnic area for RV campers to relax and enjoy meals with family and friends. However, all the campsites are equipped with picnic tables and fire pits. The closest picnic area is at Paarens Beach Provincial Park, located 5 km (3 miles) east of the park on Sowchea Bay Road. So, RV campers may use the picnic facilities at Paarens Beach for their outdoor meals.

Swimming

Wonderful opportunities to enjoy swimming are available at Sowchea Bay Provincial Park. A designated swimming area is marked on Stuart Lake for all who want to take a dip in the lake. All campers and visitors are advised to swim only within the designated area because there are no lifeguards available at the park. You should note that there is an abrupt drop-off point on the lake and this area is marked with floats. So, exercise caution while having fun.

Windsurfing

Stuart Lake is popular for its strong winds, which make the lake a well-loved destination by windsurfers. The windsurfing opportunities at the park are great for enthusiasts of the fun activity. If you visit the park and you fancy windsurfing, it is recommended that you do not launch your boards on to the lake without prior practice or experience. This is to avoid incidents that may arise from inexperienced maneuvers when the winds hit. So, better to practice in safe environments first.

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