Columbia Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 16, 2017: Vehicular access beyond the gravel pit closed
Please be advised, the finishing stages of the Columbia Lake Park Facilities Project will be occurring for approximately a two week period between mid-May and mid-June, 2017. During this time, large machinery will be working in the vicinity of the new Warspite Creek trailhead. Vehicular access beyond the gravel pit (~1.5km before the new Warspite trailhead) will be closed during this time for public safety purposes. Mountain Bikers are asked to use caution and lower their speed on the Spirit Trail, in the vicinity of the Warspite Creek trailhead.
About This ParkColumbia Lake Provincial Park is used in summer by windsurfers, paddlers (canoeists and kayakers), and motorized water craft. The 2,758 hectare lake is the largest warm water lake (18°C in July) in the East Kootenay.
Approximately 3 km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive recreation opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation). Fishing on Columbia Lake is popular year round (favoured sport fish are mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout). The wetland/marsh component of the park offers excellent opportunities for nature appreciation, viewing and photography. The upland areas are largely pristine and provide a panorama of exceptional scenic value, particularly east towards the Rocky Mountains. Hiking and mountain biking are also common in the upper grasslands on derelict logging roads and along the park access road.
Established Date: January 7, 1988
Park Size: 290 hectares
Please Note: This park has no facilities and is user maintained.
- The park provides one of the few good public access points on Columbia Lake.
- The undeveloped, pristine lakeside setting offers recreation opportunities without high volumes of people. Alternative locations on Columbia Lake (such as Tilley Memorial Park) possess a high level of facility infrastructure and lack the undisturbed natural shoreline/upland characteristics evident at Columbia Lake Provincial Park.
- The park is an excellent staging area for hiking and biking opportunities along the entire east side of Columbia Lake.
- Currently, frontcountry parks, such as Columbia Lake Provincial Park represent less than 1% of the land area in the Columbia Valley.
- Sport fishing on Columbia Lake is a popular year round activity.
- The park does not have a boat launch, but does allow motorized water craft on the lake.
There is a boat launch at Canal Flats.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Access: Turn off Hwy 93/95 at the Fairmont Creek Road (across from the Riverside Gold Resort). Travel east for 0.4 km. Turn right on the Columbia River Road. The park is located 1.6 km south along this gravel road. Two rough gravel roads intersect the main road and allow for vehicle access within 20 metres of the lakeshore.