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White Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

White Lake Provincial Park White Lake Provincial Park is situated on the north shore of White Lake. It has a reputation for excellent recreational rainbow trout fishing – it is one of the top three angling lakes in the province in terms of angler days. White Lake is popular for fly fishing and trolling in the summer, and also for ice fishing during the winter.

Facilities for camping and boat launching are limited – there are two pit toilets, a gravel boat launch, and an old picnic shelter.

Park Size: 266 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Please help to prevent the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil by removing all weeds from your boat and motor before launching and after removing it from the lake.
  • The lakeshore is suffering from extensive damage. Please launch your boat in the main launching area only.
  • The camping area is undeveloped and suited mostly to self-contained truck-and-camper visitors.
  • The nearest public telephone is at Balmoral, 10 km away.
  • Camping is only permitted in the designated campground. Please obey all signs within the park.
  • ATVs are prohibited in White Lake Provincial Park and are not to be operated in the park boundary.
Painted Turtles: White Lake is home to the intermountain-Rocky Mountain population of the Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii).The Western Painted Turtle is the only native pond turtle left in British Columbia and therefore makes up an important component of our biodiversity. Painted Turtles typically occupy the shallow water zones of ponds, lakes, sloughs and slow moving streams.

You can easily find Painted Turtles basking on partially submerged logs during warm sunny days. During the breeding season pregnant female turtles leave their aquatic environment in search of loose, warm, well-drained soils, typically south facing. These movements typically occur in late afternoon periods and during the onset of dusk. In spite of being our only native turtle, the Province of British Columbia classifies the Western Painted Turtle as vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss and degradation and through collision with automobiles during the nesting season.

In consideration for the well being of the Western Painted Turtle we ask for your cooperation and that you adhere to the following rules:
  1. When driving on roads during the breeding period (May/June) we ask you to be extra vigilant and slow down to avoid accidently hitting turtles
  2. Please keep pets on a leash
  3. Please use the designated boat launch for lake access
  4. Please camp within designated spots
  5. Do not touch or move Painted Turtles
  6. Do not disturb shoreline habitat
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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. The park is located approximately 10 km northeast of the Trans Canada Highway from Balmoral (west of Salmon Arm); the last 2 km is on a logging road. Balmoral, White lake, Tappen, Sorrento and Salmon Arm are the communities that are close to the park.

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: Established in 1965.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

A pleasant place for canoeing and small boats. The lakeshore is suffering from extensive damage, so boaters are requested to please launch their boats in the main launching area only.
Fishing

Fishing

Fly/troll for Rainbow Trout to 5kg. Experienced chironomid anglers do well in early spring. Also in the spring a good mayfly hatch is productive. In July try gomphus or dragonfly patterns. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. There is access to the lake for ice fishing until the snow makes the entrance road impassable. Please do not light fires on the ice as it adds pollution to the lakes.
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 is not a designated or protected swimming area in this park. Please use caution when swimming due to boat traffic. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

An undeveloped boat launch area is suitable for small car-top type boats only. The lakeshore is suffering from extensive damage, so boaters are requested to please launch their boats in the main launching area only.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Although there are no designated campsites, the park is suitable for self-contained small truck-and-camper rigs. The camping area is small making it difficult for larger units and trailers to maneuver for parking. This area would be considered a high-density campsite for approximately 10 units. There are no tables provided and no fee charged. The trees surrounding the parking area provide some shelter. This park is open for winter camping until the snow makes the entrance road impassable.
Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Although there are no designated campsites, the park is suitable for self-contained small truck-and-camper rigs. The camping area is small making it difficult for larger units and trailers to maneuver for parking. This area would be considered a high-density campsite for approximately 10 units. There are no tables provided and no fee charged. The trees surrounding the parking area provide some shelter. This park is open for winter camping until the snow makes the entrance road impassable.