Morice Lake is a glacier fed headwater for the Bulkley River/Skeena River system. It is nestled into the leeward side of the coastal mountains, about 80 road km West of Houston and immediately North of Nanika Lake. The entire area is a recently declared provincial park.
Although this is a park (new this year) there are no campsites yet, other than the recreational site at the East end of the lake. There are some great sand beaches located at the mouths of rivers and creeks, including Loring, Copper Wire, and the rivers in the West end of the lake. Fishing is best at these locations as well.
Our journey took 6 days for about 105 km. We didn't go into Atna Lake, as we were not ready to portage the rapids at the outflow of Atna River into Morice Lake, but we basically circled the entire lake.
We had stiff wind and waves every day after about 1 PM. Winds were mostly from the West, but when we got to the far end they switched and came from the East for the return trip. Canoeists might want to plan for a day or two of layover time due to waves and wind, but kayakers are generally OK with proper cockpit covers.
One drawback of this trip is a lack of established trails. Hopefully, as the park becomes more developed they include a trail or two up some of the higher mountains to allow scenic views.
Access to this lake is a difficult 80 km over radio controlled active logging roads. Drive North, through Houston (about 3k) until you see the Caterpillar dealership on the left side of Hwy 16. Turn left onto the Morice Tahtsa road. Follow this road to km 27.5 (Owen Flats) where you turn right (West) onto the Morice River road. Follow this road to km 44 (Lamprey Creek) and just past the creek you bear to the left, staying on Morice River FSR. Continue on this road past Collins and McBride Lakes. At the end of McBride Lake you will see a sign at a Y, for the campgrounds to the right. Take the right fork and follow this road for about 7 k to the turnoff to the camgrounds. (on your left).
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