Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information 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.

Pennask Lake Provincial Park

  • There is no drinking water available – the hand pump is out of commission.

About This Park

Pennask Lake Provincial 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
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Location and Maps

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Access description:
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:

0 km

From the Connector (Highway 97C) turn on to the Sunset Main Forest Service Road. Cross cattle guard and turn Left.
4.5 km

Stay straight.

5.9 km

The main road stays to the right.

6.3 km

Stay left towards the visible underpass under Hwy 97C

9 km

Stay right

10 km

Stay straight

12 km

Do not turn left here, continue 500m

12.5 km

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.

Note: Early in the season or after heavy rains the road will have very large and deep puddles, as much as 40 feet long and 2-3 feet deep.

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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.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • There is no online management planning at this time.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. Use caution when paddling in this large lake and be prepared to take shelter in the numerous bays during wind storms.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

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 fishing is excellent. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets on Leash

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.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a rough boat launch at this park.
Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are allowed unless a campfire ban is in place. Keep them small – the surrounding forest is filled with dry, beetle-killed trees. Do not cut standing trees.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

There is well water from a hand-pump.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Access to the campsites is very rough, often requiring 4 wheel-drive vehicles. The 25 natural sites are open year-round but not maintained. Some of the sites are becoming poorly defined due to unregulated use. There are fire rings at most sites.  The park is open year-round, though access may be extremely difficult and is not recommended.