FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality is pushing to open the Muncho Lake Lodge & RV park as soon as possible.

On July 19th, Mayor Gary Foster and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, and Edward Hoffman, Regional Director, Northern Region, BC Parks, penned a letter to George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, expressing the NRRM’s support to open the new campground.

According to the letter, the previously private-owned Muncho Lake Lodge & RV Park was purchased by BC Parks in 2020 with the goal of adding a BC Parks campground in the area.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foster says all parks in the region, including Summit Lake, Liard River Hot Springs, MacDonald, and Strawberry Flats campgrounds were well-used.

Out of those four parks though, only the Liard River Hot Springs campground is open to registration. The other three campgrounds operate on a first-come first-served system.

The letter states that there have been issues with campers trying to reserve a spot when the campground is two hours away from Fort Nelson, and cell service.

“Since the campground previously referred to as Muncho Lake Lodge & RV Park closed, there has been a noticeable impact on supply and demand for campsites in the Muncho Lake area,” reads the letter.

The NRRM anticipates an increase in demand for rural and remote recreation in the years following the COVID-19 pandemic. Expecting a busy summer 2022 camping season, the NRRM wants to activate the Muncho Lake campground as soon as possible.