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Darke Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Park access by motorized vehicles
Motorized access within the park has recently changed. Although the two fire guards created to contain the 2017 Finlay Creek wildfire temporarily improved motorized access, visitors are reminded that ‘roads’ within the park were originally built for resource extraction, and pre-date the park’s establishment in 1943. Roads within the park are intended for ATV/UTV use only.
The wildfire guard on the west side of the lake is decommissioned to vehicles larger than ATV/UTV near north and south park boundaries. The wildfire guard on the east side of the lake is completely decommissioned. The road between the campground and Munro Lake FSR remains relatively unchanged and accessible to motorized vehicles with high clearance. All motorized vehicles must stay on the already established trails.
About This Park
Local people call this the “Fish Lake” for the great rainbow and eastern brook trout. When the weather is warm, hikers will enjoy this remote spot as much as anglers. Also perfect for ice fishing in the winter.
Park Size: 1,470 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Not recommended for large RV units.
Location and Maps
Nature and Culture
- History: Established June 29, 1943. There is an historical fish camp within the park and an old trapper’s cabin near the lake.
- Conservation: Peaceful hills of pine and fir forests surround this undeveloped campground. White-tailed deer are common and the forests also provide habitat for blue and red listed bird species. The Barn owl and Flammulated owl are found in the park along with the red listed Northern goshawk.
Activities Available at this Park
Darke Lake is a very popular fishing spot. It is stocked by the Summerland Trout Hatchery with both rainbow trout and brook trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Darke Lake is very popular with local residents for ice fishing. It is small enough to freeze but large enough that it doesn't freeze solid allowing fish to be active in the winter for ice fishing opportunities. Another bonus is the close proximity to Summerland and easy access.
Pets on Leash
There are no specific cross-country or shoeshoeing trails in the park; however, there are a number of old logging roads through the park that provide skiing opportunities depending on snow levels. Roads through the park provide opportunities for snowmobiling, though lack of snow may be a problem. The lake is small enough that you can ice-skate when it freezes.
Darke Lake is very popular with local residents for ice fishing. It is small enough to freeze but large enough that it doesn’t freeze solid allowing fish to be active in the winter for ice fishing opportunities. Another bonus is the close proximity to Summerland and easy access.