Trip 175 - August 13, 2019 (Tuesday)

Horsefly Lake Provincial Park Visit

Near Horsefly BC

Location: South-Central British Columbia, approximately 14 kilometers East of the settlement of Horsefly, which itself is located about 50 kilometers East of BC Highway 97 near 150 Mile House / Williams Lake.

Liked: Horsefly Lake views, a fine short trail to Horsefly Lake lookout.

Of Note: No lifeguards on duty in BC provincial Parks, some noise from vehicles passing on Horsefly Lake Road, some bugs on the hiking trail, a partially hidden ditch by the trailhead.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition) Park Location Coordinates: Page 30 (Horsefly) C2.

Related Website: Horsefly Lake Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.

Horsefly Lake Provincial Park is located by Horsefly Lake Road. According to BC Parks website, it has 23 campsites. The park also has a small grassy/stony beach, a boat launch, and a short neat trail to the Horsefly Lake lookout. On the day of our visit, there were many available camping spots. Also, if the park is full, there are free campgrounds further down Horsefly Lake Road.

1. We are driving on Horsefly Lake Road, with Horsefly Lake Provincial Park entrance seen on the right side. Coordinates: N 5223097 W 12117374 Elevation: 797 meters. Please, see our Horsefly Lake Road Visit trip report for directions on getting up to this point from BC Highway 97 near 150 Mile House / Williams Lake. This is the same photo as photo #15 of that trip report.

2. The entrance to Horsefly Lake Provincial Park.

3. The rules board.

4-5. There is no cell service here, but a good old free landline phone is there for all your calling needs. An attached note indicates useful phone numbers, and promises free wi-fi Internet at the Horsefly library.

6. The camping spots are located on both sides of the road.

Horsefly Lake Provincial Park British Columbia

7. A spot with a view.

8. A better view of Horsefly Lake from the boat launch area.

Horsefly Lake seen from Horsefly Lake Provincial Park near Horsefly BC Canada

9. Here is the day use parking area.

10. A short path leads to the beach. There are no lifeguards on duty in BC provincial parks.

11. Change rooms and picnic tables at the beach.

12. Horsefly Lake seen from the beach.

13. On the other side of the day use parking area, another short path leads to Horsefly Lake lookout trailhead.

14. Here is the trailhead. Coordinates: N 5223022 W 12117418. Elevation: 791 meters. A sign indicates approximately one hour round trip. It would probably take less than that.

15. Beware of a partially hidden mud-filled ditch by that sign, just about where we were standing to take the above photograph - we were backing up to take a better picture, stepped into the ditch, and had to deal with a muddy sock.

16-17. The trail is very short (less than 800 meters), and quite pleasant. There are some bugs present, and it does have a few steep sections. It took us 15 minutes to the top, and 10 minutes to get back.

18. A pleasant scene at about the 450 meter mark.

19. There are two benches at the lookout. The first bench has no view, as the trees blocked it completely. The second bench does have a decent view of Horsefly Lake.

20. For a better view, go down a steep path for a hundred meters or so, and walk through some bushes on the left side. Watch out for unbarricaded drop-offs.

21. That's much better.

Horsefly Lake Provincial Park is a pleasant place to camp, swim, fish, boat, and go for a short hike.


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