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Meager Creek

Meager Creek
Meager Creek flowing next to a hot spring pool.
Mouth Lillooet River
Basin countries Canada

Meager Creek is a creek in the southern Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia, Canada. It flows Northeast into the Lillooet River approximately 95 km (60 mi) northwest of the Village of Pemberton.[1]

It is noted for a large set of surface hot springs, known as the Meager Creek Hot Springs, related to volcanism of the Mount Meager massif on its north side. Keyhole Hot Springs, also known as Pebble Creek Hot Springs, fed from the same geothermal vents is much more accessible, via the ploughed Upper Lillooet FSR, & only a 1.5 km trail as opposed to 9.5 km to Meager Creek Hot Springs.

Public access reopened in the summer of 2008, several years after vandalism of the site and flooding damage to the access road and bridge had seen the site closed. On September 19, 2009, the Capricorn Creek Bridge was once again destroyed by a debris slide.[2] [3] The springs were closed to public access, except in winter, when they could be accessed over the top of the Pemberton Icecap / Meager Glacier [4] by means of either snowmobile or cross country skis. Till 2010 the site was serviced by Creekside Resources on a fee basis to use the pools. Though the pools are still officially closed public access to area has resumed. Because of limited access no fecal coliform tests are being done at this time. Prior to the slide they were done on a monthly basis, except winter. The sand traps were cleared every 2 to 3 days. So if the pools are used it is at ones own risk & a shovel is recommended to clean out the sand & let the pool flush before use.

A new public trail opened Summer 2014 named VOC Harrison Hut Trail. It was built & completed August 2014, by Volunteers from U.B.C. Varsity Out Door Club.[5] [6]

Now being offered up for tenure by the BC Ministry of Forests: a Proposal to formally develop the existing ad hoc trail from the 6 km mark along the VOC Harrison Hut Trail, where it passes through a clear cut and connects to the old Meager Creek Hot Springs Trail, built on an existing decommissioned logging road. [7]

No dogs are allowed in immediate vicinity of pools. Keep all dogs leased because of the abundance of wildlife in the area: Mountain Sheep & Goats , Coyotes, wolves, deer, moose, grizzlies & brown bears.

As the pools are officially closed there is currently no fee. A fee structure will be reinstated if tenure is granted. First right of refusal goes to the historical operator: the Lil`wat First Nation's Creekside Resources. If they defer, the tenure applicant has proposed to maintain the pools. [8] The Historical fee prior to 2010 slide was $5. Note: BC Ministry of Forests sets the fee structure so even if it increases it should be nominal by their policy.

Though people Camp for free`in unofficial sites in the Upper Meager Valley, it is not allowed around the hot spring pools as the Meager Creek Hot Springs Recreational Area is a Minimum Impact Site. Also camping in the Valley bottom is prohibited because of significant Seismic Danger.

Expect wildlife & possible slide activity. Long 9.5 km hike best to over night. Backwoods skills required. No cell service.

2 hr, 64 km drive West of Pemberton: take Pemberton Meadows Road (paved), then on to a gravel municipal road that becomes the South Creek FSR. At 40 Km is a fork in road. Take the left fork up the hill on very rough dirt track of an old logging road for about 4 km, then 6 km along VOC Harrison Hut Trail then 3.5 km along the old Meager Creek Hot Springs Trail. Hot Spring Layout: three beautiful - volunteer built - interconnected cascading pools, with lowest pool right beside Meager Creek. Vehicle Access: 4 wheel drive vehicle or a full size pick-up with high clearance. Or deep winter via snow mobile for last 25 kms.

Located adjacent Upper Lillooet Provincial Park (Official Government Website is out of date). [9]

Avalanche hazards relating to the combined volcanic and glacial character of the surrounding geography are real and ongoing. The valley of Meager Creek is one of the most active and hazardous in the Canadian Cordillera.[10] Debris flows, mainly from the Mount Meager massif, have filled the valley to a depth of 250 m (820 ft).

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See also


  1. ^ "Meager Creek". BC Geographical Names.
  2. ^ "Mudslide closes Meager Creek FSR".  
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  10. ^ "The July 29, 1998, debris flow and landslide dam at Capricorn Creek, Mount Meager Volcanic Complex, southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia".  
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