|Northern Nature Viewing Region|
|Highway 37 Area|
|Boya Lake Provincial Park|
|Boya Lake : Krista Kaptein photo||Butterwort : Krista Kaptein photo|
|The park encloses Boya Lake, several small unnamed lakes and surrounding wetland. The clear water is a striking aquamarine lake colour due to the marl bottom, a mixture of silt & shell fragments. Interesting landscape features include eskers and kettle glacial deposition landforms.|
|Geographical Description||Boya Lake is situated on the Liard Plain, an area carved out by glaciers 20,000 years ago. The area is characterized by elongated ridges, or drumlins and eskers.|
|Area/ Trail Length||Park size 4597 ha. The Lakeshore Trail is 1.5 km long and leaves from the north end of the campground.|
The Beaver Lodge Trail is also 1.5 km in length and leaves from the south end of the park, near the boat launch.
|Seasons to Visit||Spring & early summer for flowers & birds.|
|Viewing Highlights||The lake is noted for its colour and clarity. The bottom is composed of marl, a mixture of silt and shell fragments. In marl lakes,calcium carbonate (CaCO3) inhibits nutrients and hence phytoplankton, resulting in crystal clear waters.The crystal clear waters and aqua-marine lake colour are a result of the light reflecting from the marl bottom.|
Moose and beaver live in and around the forest. Mountain goat and Osborne caribou roam above timberline on the Horseranch Range.
Fish include Lake char, round whitefish, burbot, northern suckers, and sculpins. Western toads in the shallows.
Bog plants include butterwort, sticky false asphodel, pink wintergreen, cinquefoil. Uncommon plants include fairyslipper and Gorman's penstemon (blue-listed.)
|Main Access||Along Highway 37, 150 km north of Dease Lake. 2 km access road into the Park.|
|Regulations||Dogs on leash. No hunting from April 1 to Sept 30.|
|Facilities||Camping, boat launch, parking area, pit toilets.|
|Other Recreational Activities||Swimming, fishing, camping.|
|History||Boya Lake Park, established in November 1965, lies within the traditional territory of the Kaska Dene First Nation, who currently live in and around the settlement of Good Hope Lake. The interesting landscape of this park was formed by glaciers about 8,000 years ago, leaving a maze of gravel ridges (eskers) and pothole lakes.|
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