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Visitor Information
  • Mountain and lake weather can change rapidly, be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds can come up quickly.
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
EK Parks Ltd.
E-mail: info@ekparks.com
Phone: 250 422-3003

Wasa Lake Provincial Park

  • New for 2014: A new shower building is now operational.
  • Wasa Lake Park has a dog friendly day-use area. The dog beach is located at the south end of Campers beach. This area is user maintained; owners are required to clean up after their pets. Signage is present and dog waste disposal-bags are provided on site.

About This Park

A family vacation destination since the 1950’s, Wasa Lake village advertises the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays. Wasa Lake Park offers camping, swimming, hiking, cycling, boating and nature viewing opportunities. There is an 8 km wheelchair and bike accessible trail around the lakeshore and a 2.7 km self-guided interpretation trail.

World class attractions such as Fort Steele Heritage town, guest ranches, ski hills and golf courses are nearby. In addition to being a popular recreation spot, the park protects a representative grassland ecosystem. It includes a portion of North America’s most northern ponderosa pine forest set amid blue bunch wheatgrass meadows that provide habitat for a wide diversity of animals and plants.

Park Size: 144 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 5 – September 30
Gate is closed during the off-season.
Off-season: If full services provided – full fees will be in effect. If no services provided - user maintained with no fee. For details contact the Park Facility Operator at contact information on this page.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 5 – September 30
Campground Reservable Dates: May 15 – September 1
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 103
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
65
Note: The Park is open year round unless inaccessible due to weather conditions, especially during the off-season. If the park or campground are closed for other reasons, information is noted in the Attention Visitor Notice at the top of this page.

Reservations

All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Located in south eastern British Columbia, 40 km north of Cranbrook or 102 km south of Radium Hot Springs and 1 km east of Highway 93/95. The closest communities are Kimberley located 35 km north west and Cranbrook located 40 km south of Wasa Lake.

Maps and Brochures

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

  • History: Wasa Lake Provincial Park was established in 1955 to provide recreational access to the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays. The Wasa area was logged by the railway in the early 1900’s and irrigated for years through a ditch and flume system begun in 1915. Later cattle ranching became the agricultural mainstay. Wasa village provides tourist facilities and services.
  • Conservation: Wasa Lake Park is situated in the gentle terrain of the widening Rocky Mountain Trench. This 144 hectare park protects a representative area of the most threatened ecosystem type in the world; fire maintained temperate grasslands. Of the seemingly endless ocean of native grasslands that greeted the early settlers to our country, less than 5% remains and only a fraction is protected. These bunchgrass meadows host unique species such as curlews and sharp tailed grouse. During June and July, enjoy a spectacular diversity of wildflowers and birds. Intensive grassland restoration is occurring on two land blocks within this park.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing is possible, however caution must be used due to power boats on the lake.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. There is an 8 km “Wasa Lions Way” paved path and secondary road trail around the lake that accommodates cyclists and pedestrians. A self guided mountain bike loop takes you from Wasa Lake to Lazy Lake. The “Lazy Lake Bike Loop” is a 33 kilometre ride which takes you up Wolf Creek Road to Lazy Lake and back to Wasa Lake on Lazy Lake Road. Mountain bikes are recommended.

A Children’s bike park is located within the campground at the south end, near site 89, for the use and enjoyment of families staying in the campground.
Fishing

Fishing

Perch and bass fishing are available in this freshwater lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Forest of the Rainshadow Self-guided Interpretive Trail is a 2.7 km loop, 1 hour, nature walk for the whole family starting at the amphitheatre located in the campground. There is an 8 km “Wasa Lions Way” paved path and secondary road trail around the lake that accommodates hikers and cyclists. For your personal safety and the preservation of the Wasa Park grasslands, please obey posted signs and keep to designated trails as shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are NOT allowed in beach areas, day-use areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.

Exceptions: Wasa Lake Park now has a dog friendly day-use area. The dog beach is located at the south end of Campers beach. This area is user maintained; owners are required to clean up after their pets. Signage is present and dog waste disposal-bags are provided on site.
Swimming

Swimming

There are four buoyed swimming access areas in the day use areas of the park. Warm waters and 2000 metres of developed gently sloping beaches provide excellent sunbathing and swimming areas, change rooms, picnic tables and washrooms are provided. There are NO LIFEGUARDS in provincial parks.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Wasa Lake provides waterskiing opportunities. Waterskiiers are not allowed in the buoyed swimming areas of the lake but a skier’s beach is accessed via the Horseshoe day-use areas.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

There are windsurfing opportunities on Wasa Lake.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A boat launch is located on the east shore across from the campground at Camper’s Beach. It consists of a concrete pad capable of launching a large boat.
Campfires

Campfires

Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks use communal fire rings. Bring a portable stove for cooking.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Ten cold water taps are located randomly throughout the campground. Each day-use area of the park also has a cold water tap. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has four day-use/picnic areas including 45 picnic sites; Camper’s Beach located across from the campground has a pit toilet, change house, picnic tables, sandy beach and a grassed area; Horseshoe Beach, located 2 km north of the campground also has picnic tables, sandy beach, grassed area and a flush toilet building. Adjacent is Grey Change Beach day-use area that has picnic tables, grassed area, a pebbly beach and one pit toilet. At the very north end of the lake is another day-use area, Main Beach which has a large sandy beach, grassed area, picnic tables, paved parking, and two pit toilets. The Grey Change day-use area is open all year.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Change houses are located at each day-use area.
Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground located within Camper’s Beach day-use area.  A Children’s bike park is located within the campground at the south end, near site 89, for the use and enjoyment of families staying in the campground.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station is located at the north end of the lake on Wasa Lake Park Drive and is available during the operating season.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

Hot showers are available at Wasa Lake, located near the front entrance of campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Wasa Lake campground is located on the east side of the lake 1 km from Highway 93/95. The campsites accommodate both long recreation vehicles and tents. There are no drive-through sites. Information/interpretive shelters and telephone are located at the entrance to the campground. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $25.00 per party / night

BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair accessible facilities include the flush toilet building in the campground, amphitheatre, day-use areas and lower of part of the nature trail.