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Purden Lake Provincial Park
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
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.
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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.