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Pennask Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
The rainbow trout from the 1,450 metre high lake provide eggs for much of the provincial stocking program in the south-central interior. The last portion of the access road is rough and not suited for most recreational vehicles. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.
Park Size: 244 hectares
Know Before You Go
- There is no drinking water available; the hand pump is out of commission.
- There are no cabins for public use in this park. The Pennask Lake Fishing and Game Club owns and operates a lodge on the lake. Though it is outside the park, the lodge is one of the main attractions in the area. With the exception of the small area of the park, all of the land around the lake is owned by the club.
Location and Maps
The park takes in two bays at the southeast corner of Pennask Lake. Peterson Bay is a long, narrow bay which provides entry into the main portion of the lake from the park. Chapman Bay is a shallow, confined bay at the north end of the park. The park also fronts one kilometre of the lake’s south shore.
Pennask Lake is 50 kilometres northwest of Peachland. From the Coquihalla Connector (Highway 97C) exit onto the Sunset Main Forest Service Road. The user maintained campsite is approximately 18km off the highway on forest service roads. The last 6 km are very rough and require a 4WD vehicle. The last 4 km into the park takes about an hour – this part of the road is extremely rough. This road is not suited for most recreational vehicles.
To Pennask Lake:
||From the Connector (Highway 97C) turn on to the Sunset Main Forest Service Road. Cross cattle guard and turn Left.|
||The main road stays to the right.
||Stay left towards the visible underpass under Hwy 97C
||Do not turn left here, continue 500m
||Turn left. This is the beginning of the rougher road. It is 5.5km to the user maintained campsite along very rough road requiring high clearance.
Nature and Culture
- History - Established January 23, 1975.
- Conservation - The Pennask Lake fishery is the dominant resource value. Producing 3-5 million native rainbow trout eggs annually and roughly 40% of the provincial hatchery needs, the fishery is considered vital for the provincial fish culture program. The Pennask Lake fishery is particularly valuable since its large spawning runs peak around two or three weeks later than other runs, allowing flexibility in the hatching process to maximize hatchery outputs. Along with the egg collection program, the fishery is considered to be of provincial significance for its outstanding sport fishing.
There is an extensive low lying upland at the south end of the park which tends to be wet and covered by heavy spruce forest with dense shrub growth of Labrador tea, twinberry and white rhododendron. Sloping upland and elevated benches on the east side of the park have relatively open spruce and pine forests with soopalallie and grouseberry shrub cover. Eskers, particularly to the north of the park, are evidence of the most recent period of glacial retreat.
- Management Planning Information
- There is no online management planning at this time.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.