Mountain and lake weather can change rapidly; be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds can come up quickly.
Swimming in non-buoyed areas is dangerous due to boat traffic. There are NO LIFEGUARDS at James Chabot Park.
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James Chabot Provincial Park
About This ParkNestled between the towering peaks of the Purcell and Rocky Mountains, this day-use area provincial park is situated at the north end of 15 kilometres long Windermere Lake.
A broad, sandy beach backed with open, grassy play areas offers pleasant surroundings for families who enjoy lakeshore recreation. Windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming are popular activities. There is an adventure playground and a volleyball court.
Park Size: 14 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: The area now known as Althamer and the north end of Lake Windemere, were know to have sustained large numbers of First Nations encampments (pre-colonial Period). These settlements were frequented during salmon runs along the Columbia River. The runs are now extinct because of dams on the lower reaches of the river. The park is located within close proximity to the salmon beds along the Columbia River, known traditionally as “Kwataqnuk”, meaning “where the water leaves the lake.”
- Conservation: The diversity of life and geography preserved in the nearby Columbia Wetlands offer spectacular canoeing, landscape viewing, wildlife and birding opportunities.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management direction statement for James Chabot Provincial Park [PDF 505.83KB] is available in PDF format.
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Windermere Lake is a popular motor boating area; use caution.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fish species resident in Lake Windermere include trout (bull, rainbow, cutthroat), kokanee and whitefish. Anyone fishing in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There are swimming opportunities at this park. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
The lake provides excellent waterskiing opportunities. No boating is allowed inside the buoyed areas.
A newly constructed 350 metre elevated boardwalk, allows pedestrians to view wildlife and appreciate the wetland within the park. The boardwalk is part of a initiative by the Columbia Rivers Greenways Alliance to link natural habitat and green spaces along the Columbia River. Here is a copy of the James Chabot Dragonfly Boardwalk Information Release [PDF 15KB] and copies of the Welcoming Sign [PDF 72KB] and Thank You Sign [PDF 82KB] .
The large open lake provides good opportunities for windsurfing.
Facilities Available at this Park
Two cold water taps are located in the park and available during the operating season.
This park has a day-use/picnic area with 40 picnic tables, 360 metres of sandy beach backed by a grassy area and 171 parking stalls.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Flush toilets and a change room are located adjacent to the parking lot.
There is a children's adventure playground at this park.
Washrooms, one picnic table and two parking stalls are wheelchair accessible. There is also a concrete ramp that provides access to the lake.