Sowchea Provincial Park in Fort St. James, British Columbia, Canada started as a recreation site operated by the forest industry. It is not a standard provincial park with loads of amenities and an open layout for kids and large RVs. The park is tucked away on a dead end street resting on the shores of Stuart Lake located southwest of the community of Fort St. James.
A 13 hectare park destination is a wilderness park, more than a provincial park because of the rustic nature and the odd campground layout. Being that it is more rural and rustic than other parks in the area, the destination has limited amenities. But the Sowchea Provincial Park does include picnic tables, fire pits, pit toilets and a boat launch.
The amenities are basic but that means little as the park provides great views of Stuart Lake, the Omineca Mountain Range including Mount Pope. That seems to be what attracts the people to the park between May and September. It is not a day use park but an overnight campground.
The Sowchea Park was built to loose standards (because it was a recreation site at one time) which can make it difficult to maneuver larger RVs within the park. Please note large RVs should consider camping at the larger, more suitable Paarens Park just down the road.
The recreation destination is a popular getaway for explorers who enjoy boating, swimming, camping, fishing, canoeing, swimming, wind surfing and water skiing. When the winds pick up the wind surfers pound the waves right in front of your campsite. There is a swimming area in the park and a small craft boat launch for canoes and boats at the far end of the park.
The campground destination is in wilderness country therefore you are sharing the forest with wildlife. Do not leave garbage out as the region is a popular stomping ground for black bears. Be aware in the late spring that the park may be flooded when the lake rises.