September 8, 2022: The trails that were closed September 7th have reopened.
September 7, 2022: There will be temporary closures for some trails as of now. These closures were requested by BC Wildfire Services to allow helicopters to take water from Lightning Lakes. We urge everyone to keep away from the below-mentioned closure areas for your safety. If the pilots see anyone close to this area, they will have to stop until it is clear.
The temporary trail closures are as follows:
– The trail from the East side of the Lightning Lake Day Use Parking to the trailhead of Mount Frosty. This is the dam area.
– The North side of Lightning Lake Loop Trail from the trailhead of Mount Frosty to Rainbow Bridge.
These closures are temporary and only for fire suppression. There is no risk of fire in this area. Once these trails are re-opened, we will provide an update.
September 3, 2022: BC Parks has implemented partial trail closures on the south side of HWY #3 within E.C. Manning Provincial Park as a result of the Heather Lake wildfire.
THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARE OPEN:
Manning Park Resort
The resort is fully open and operating as normal. This includes our accommodations, Loon Lagoon, Boathouse, Pinewoods Dining Room, Country Store and full-resort facilities. It is currently under evacuation alert.
Trails South of HWY #3 Now Open
All trails south of HWY#3 are open for use.
Trails under evacuation alert
- Lightning Lake Chain Trail
- Canyon Nature Trail
- Rein Orchid Trail
- Skyline I (Lightning Lake to Despair Pass)
- Skyline I (Shadow Lake to Despair Pass)
Trails outside the evacuation alert
- Skyline II Trail
- Hozameen Ridge Trail
- Similkameen Trail
- South Gibson Trail
- North Gibson Trail
- Poland Lake Trail
- Three Falls Trail
- Memaloose Trail
- Silver Daisy Trail
- Skagit River Trail
- Steamboat Trail
- Beaver Pond Trail
- Bonnevier Trail
- Upper Hope Pass (past Grainger Creek)
- Nicomen Lake Trail (north of Nicomen Lake)
- Whipsaw Rd (in the Park; outside of the Park is covered by an area closure)
The Dewdney and Whatcom Trails and facilities West of the Cascade Parking Area also remain open at this time.
Hampton and Mule Deer Campground and Hampton are closed. All other front-country campgrounds are open and operating as normal. This includes Lightning Lake, Coldspring, Headwaters Horse Corral, and Lone Duck 1 & 2.
The campgrounds are currently under evacuation alert.
Cascade Lookout & Blackwall Road
Cascade Lookout and Blackwall Road will operate as normal and remain open.
BC PARKS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES HAVE RESULTED IN THE FOLLOWING CLOSURES:
These trails are under Evacuation Order
The following trails remain closed as a precautionary measure:
- Monument 78 Trail (Castle Creek Trail)
- Monument 83 Trail
- Pacific Crest Trail (PCT Camp to Monument 78 Camp)
- Mt Frosty Loop (Similkameen Trail to Frosty Mt Peak)
- Windy Joe Trail (Mt Frosty Loop to Windy Joe lookout)
- Mt Frosty Loop (Lightning Lake Day Use to Frosty Mt Peak)
Evacuation Order vs. Evacuation Alert
Many wildfires in B.C. occur far from cities and towns, but sometimes they threaten homes, businesses and infrastructure. If a wildfire ends up threatening property or infrastructure, an Evacuation Alert or Order may be issued. What’s the difference?
There is no immediate danger to those under an evacuation alert. This is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents and important mementos.
Listen to local emergency officials for further information on the situation.
Leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded. For those needing additional support, an Emergency Support Services Reception Centre may be opened.
As always, the safety of our guests, community, and staff is our top priority. We are in daily communication with BC Parks and BC Wildfire regarding the status of local wildfires. Should any changes in the current situation arise, we will update the public immediately.
Just an additional reminder that no campfires are permitted as the entire park is under a campfire ban. Please always be responsible as any heat source can start a fire. For example: vehicle exhaust pipes, cigarette butts, etc.
For current wildfire information, visit: BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), and the Regional District.
For current highway information, visit: Drive BC