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Purden Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 11, 2018: Strong sun and warm weather have cooperated and the snow is gone. The park is now open for camping.
- April 30, 2018: Opening date delayed due to snow
Due to above-average snow pack, Purden Lake is unable to be open at this time. Please continue to check this website for updates. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
June 1, 2017: For public safety, the playground has been removed
BC Parks is working on an exciting new playground and will update the website once the install date has been determined. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
About This Park
Nestled in the rolling mountains east of Prince George, Purden Lake Provincial Park, on the north shore of Purden Lake, is dominated by the Cariboo Mountains to the south and the McGregor range of the Rockies to the north.
Densely forested upland with open areas near the lakefront provide pleasant surroundings for a shoreline stroll, swimming or angling for the lake’s resident rainbow trout.
Established Date: August 21, 1971
Park Size: 2,521 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|May 1 – September 18
(Gate is closed during the off-season) (opening and closing dates subject to change due to weather/accessibility )
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – September 18
(opening and closing dates subject to change due to weather /accessibility)
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 19 – September 3|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||78|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
Know Before You Go
- For safety reasons, firearms are not permitted in the park. Purden Lake Park is closed to hunting.
- Boaters are cautioned to keep a close eye on the weather, as Purden Lake is subject to sudden, heavy winds which can transform the lake surface into dangerous whitecaps.
- Safe swimming practices are a must! No lifeguard is on duty therefore children should be closely watched at all times and solo swimming should be avoided.
- No alcohol is allowed on the beach or in the day-use area.
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Location and MapsPlease Note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: Surveyors searching for a route for the Canadian Pacific National Railway traversed the area in 1879 and named the lake for their supervisor, M.H. Purden Bell.
- Conservation: Purden Lake Provincial Park is situated within the Fraser River Basin, an irregularly shaped depression of gently rolling hills and shallow lakes covering much of North Central B.C. Here, visitors will find a remarkably diverse range of vegetation growing atop the glacial drift that blankets the landscape. White spruce and lodgepole pine can be found at lower elevations with Douglas, balsam and subalpine fir higher up. Willow, alder and birch thrive along the lakeshore. Bunchberry (dwarf dogwood) and false Solomon’s Seal carpet the forest floor while Indian paintbrush and lupine add a splash of colour to the roadsides in spring and early summer.
- Wildlife: Purden Lake Park is home to black bear and moose year-round. Visitors may observe beaver, snowshoe hares, squirrels and porcupines. Bald eagles and ruffed grouse may be seen in the park and the haunting call of the common loon often breaks the evening silence. At Purden Creek the mature forest provides a natural umbrella shading the stream channel and creating excellent habitat for the spawning and rearing rainbow trout.