Eneas Lakes Provincial Park
- Special Note: The road to Eneas Lakes has been deactivated as of April 1, 2002. Access to the park is by 4x4 vehicle only. Recommend packing along a chainsaw, for it is common to find trees and debris across the road on your way in. There is no signage on the forestry road to Eneas Lakes; you should have a good forestry map for the area.
About This Park
Eneas Lakes Provincial Park encompasses the Thompson Plateau landscape and the Southern Thompson Uplands. It features four beautiful lakes in a pristine fir and pine forest setting. Off the beaten track, this picturesque setting with primitive camping attracts enthusiasts who enjoy a wilderness experience with good fishing, canoeing, wildlife viewing, snowmobiling and hiking opportunities. The park is very rustic and has an undeveloped campground with limited facilities.
Park Size: 1036 hectares
Location and Maps
Limited road access - 20 km of rough gravel road along the Munro Lake Forest Service Road west of Peachland. Four-wheel drive vehicles recommended; 4 km further northwest of Darke Lake Provincial Park. Please note the logging road going into Eneas Lake is not maintained; very rugged terrain. The closest communities, towns and cities are Summerland and Peachland.
Nature and Culture
- History - The park was created in 1956 and established in 1968.
- Conservation - The park features a unique lake complex consisting of Big and Little Eneas Lakes, Island Lake and Tsuh Lake. When water levels are high, Big Eneas and Little Eneas form one a single 25ha lake. Island Lake is accessible only by boat or foot and has no development along its heavily forested shores. The park also encompasses the upper drainages of the lakes. The pristine fir and pine forest is habitat for the red listed Northern goshawk.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park.
Mountain biking is permitted. Cycling is very difficult due to the road access; trails are not very bike friendly. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
The lakes are known for their numerous small rainbow trout. There is a spring closure on Eneas Creek. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence
There are hiking areas in the park but trails have not been developed and signs are not posted. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. This is a backcountry area - please use caution.
Horseback riding is permitted.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts / Yurts
There are two cabins located on the north end of Tuch Lake that are open to the public. These cabins are part of the Eneas Lake circuit and frequented by hunters on a regular basis. The cabins are accessible by 4x4 vehicle only; very rough road.
There are no regular fire pits in this park. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking. Eneas Lakes is like a forestry site with no facilities. Fire bans are common in this park and the Penticton Forest District is responsible for advising the status of fire bans.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park has four level undeveloped campgrounds which offer vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. There are no services provided and campers should be self-sufficient. Note: limited vehicle use; 4x4 vehicles can only access, as road has been deactivated. The park and camping areas are open all year if accessible.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.