Heather - Dina Lakes Provincial Park
About This Park
This newly designated park is located along the eastern edge of Williston Lake, approximately 25km north of Mackenzie, British Columbia.
The park is comprised of mature, mixed forest and is dotted with numerous, small lakes. Visitors are able to camp, fish, canoe, hike, and view wildlife within a beautiful wilderness setting. Two primitive campground/day-use areas are located at Heather Lake and Dina Lake respectively.
Management of these areas has only recently been transferred to BC Parks from the Forest Service and the facilities located here are more rustic than those usually encountered within the BC Parks system.
Park Size: 5,786 hectares
- Bring your own water as potable water is not available at this park. Drinking out of any lake or stream in the park is not recommended unless the water has been filtered or treated.
Location and Maps
The Parsnip West Forest Service Road (PWFSR) can be reached from Highway 39 by heading north from the closest community of Mackenzie for approximately 10km. There are two main entry points into the park, both of which are accessed from the PWFSR. The gravel road is suitable for most two-wheel drive vehicles during the summer, but four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended during wet weather. A sign near the 25km marker of the PWFSR indicates the turnoff to Heather Lake and the site is located less than 1km from the turnoff. The Dina Lake site is also marked with a sign and is located approximately 31km on the PWFSR.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map (PDF)
Nature and Culture
- History - Heather-Dina Lakes Provincial Park encompasses an area of 5,786 hectares and includes the 284 hectare Heather Lakes Ecological Reserve No. 87 within its boundaries. This Reserve was established February 10, 1978, to preserve the beautiful stands of trembling aspen that exhibit excellent growth. This reserve also contains a small narrow lake rimmed with mature spruce and sub alpine fir.
- Wildlife - Park visitors are able to view many species of native wildlife within a natural setting. Frequently sited wildlife species include moose, black bear, deer, beaver, grouse, eagle, and the common loon.
Activities Available at this Park
Heather Lake Canoeing: The Dina Lakes canoe circuit consists of a chain of five small lakes connected by portage trails. The circuit takes between four and five hours to complete. The total canoed portion is just over 6km and the total portage length is roughly 1 1/2km. The longest canoed portion is just over 2km in length and the longest portage is approximately 700 meters. Heather Lake can also be accessed from the Dina Lakes chain.
Dina Lake Canoeing: The Dina Lakes canoe circuit can be accessed from Heather Lake (see above).
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Heather Lake Fishing: Heather Lake drains into the Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake and contains the following species of fish: rainbow trout, bull trout, lake whitefish, mountain whitefish, coarse sucker, longnose sucker, northern pike minnow, peamouth chub, redside shiner, and slimy sculpin. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for daily catch quotas and general restrictions. Heather Lake is situated in Region 7 A (Omineca Zone). No special restrictions apply to this lake. Heather Lake is popular with the locals for ice fishing.
Dina Lake Fishing: Dina Lake #1 is fed from nearby Dina Lake #2 and has no outlet. Fish species present in Dina Lake #1 include rainbow trout, brook trout, mountain whitefish, longnose sucker, and redside shiner. Rainbow trout and brook trout have been introduced through a stocking program since 1980. Dina Lake #2 contains rainbow trout, brook trout, lake chub, and longnose sucker. Brook trout have been introduced since 1984. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for daily catch quotas and general restrictions. Dina Lake is situated in Region 7 A (Omineca Zone). A boating restriction applies to this lake (see above). A British Columbia angling licence is required if you plan on fishing. Dina Lake #1 is popular with the locals for ice fishing.
Dina Lake Hiking: A hiking trail is located along the northern shore of Dina Lake commencing from the campground. The present condition of this trail is unknown.
Heather Lake Hiking: A hiking trail is located along the southeastern shore of Heather Lake commencing from the day-use area. The present condition of this trail is unknown.
Pets on Leash
Visitors can backcountry ski and snowshoe on the chain of lakes and portages. There are no set tracks but easy terrain.
Heather Lake and Dina Lake #1 are popular with the locals for ice fishing.
Facilities Available at this Park
Heather Lake: A small gravel boat launch is available for launching small to medium car top sized boats.
Dina Lake: A boat launch is available at Dina Lake for launching car-top boats.
A motor restriction is in place:
- 7.5 kw (10 horse power) or less on Dina Lake #1, and
- electric motors only on nearby Dina Lake #2
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted:
Heather Lake Camping: A large, open, grassy area on the eastern side of Heather Lake is available for family or group camping activities. The site will accommodate tents as well as large trailers and motorhomes. The site contains two picnic tables with fire rings. There are two pit toilets located nearby. No water pump is available in the park. There is presently no fee for camping.
Dina Lake Camping: A five-unit campground with developed gravel pads is available at Dina Lake. These sites will accommodate tents, as well as trailers and moderate-sized motorhomes. Each site contains a picnic table and fire ring. Two pit toilets are located within the campground area. No water pump is available. There is presently no fee for camping.