Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

 

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is located in a deep forested valley surrounded by the towering peaks of snow-capped mountains, 56 km northwest of Pemberton. This peaceful campground is located at the eastern tip of the cool turquoise Birkenhead Lake, which offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout and Kokanee. The lake is also home to Bull trout, an endangered species. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking can be enjoyed on the lake, and it’s possible to rent canoes at the park. The campground is adjacent to a sandy beach, and swimming in the cool waters is pleasurable during hot summer days. The park also has 3 hiking trails, which lead through old- and second-growth forest and offer excellent vantage points to appreciate the beauty of the lake, the scenery, and the local wildlife.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water RV Sani Station - - Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - Boating Canoeing / Kayaking - Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 79, reservable: 49, nearest town: D'Arcy (20 km), Pemberton (56 km)

Additional Information

Location

Take Highway 99 from Pemberton northeast to Mt. Currie, then take Pemberton Portage Road to D’Arcy. Just before D’Arcy (about 50km from Mt. Currie), turn off to the gravel Blackwater Creek Road that leads to Birkenhead Lake and drive 17 km to the park.

Contact Information

Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Email address: info@seatoskyparks.com
Phone: (604) 986-9371
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground opening dates: May 1 – October 15.

Campground dates with full fees and services: May 15  – September 15. Campground reservable dates: May 15 - September 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 79 vehicle accessible campsites, 7 of which are double sites. There is room for a maximum of 2 vehicles per site. No extra parking is available.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There is a day-use/picnicking area adjacent to the beach, with picnic tables and parking area. Fires are not permitted in the day-use area.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfire rings are provided at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

A pressurized, treated water system is available at this park. Potable water is available at taps in the main campground, the high density campground and the sani-station.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

Sani-station dumping fee: $2.00 per use

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a concrete double-wide boat launch available in the day-use area at this park. Vehicle and trailer parking is available overnight. A floating dock is located next to the boat launch. Boats can be left in the water (tie-up space is limited on the dock) or beached overnight.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

There is a wheelchair accessible gravel trail located near the beach. There are no toilets or campsites for the disabled.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Birkenhead Lake provides good opportunities for catching Kokanee and rainbow trout. Please note that fishing regulations require anglers to release all Bull Trout caught. Bull Trout are on the endangered species list.

Hiking

Hiking

There are 3 hiking trails in this park. ***** Wilderness Trail: This 2-kilometre hiking leads through old-growth forest to a flat wooded area with views of the mountains across the lake. A short section connects with the Birkenhead Lake Trail, allowing for a longer hike or a loop back to the trailhead. ***** Birkenhead Lake Trail: This 8-kilometre trail to Birkenhead Lake Estates at the south end of the lake connects to Birkenhead Road and Tenas Valley logging road. This trail is used by both hikers and mountain bikers. There may also be horseback riding on the west half of the Birkenhead Lake trail up to Sockeye Creek. ***** Goat Lookout Trail: This 1-kilometre trail on the south side of the valley is a bit rough and steep in places, but offers a good view of the lake. In spring and fall, mountain goats may be seen on the cliffs above the campground. Cautionary Note: In April through June, this trail may be temporarily closed due to spring snow melt. ***** Cautionary Note: The Wilderness Trail and the Birkenhead Lake Trail cross a 50 metre section of a rock debris avalanche path approximately 1 km from the trailhead at the parking lot. Trail users must use caution when crossing over loose rock rubble and may be required to ford the stream. Crossings should be avoided during periods of prolonged, heavy rain.

Swimming

Swimming

There is a sandy beach adjacent to the campground and swimming is possible in Birkenhead Lake, although the water can be quite cold. The designated swimming area is identified by buoys.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking are possible, but take caution as strong winds can blow up suddenly on the lake. Daily and hourly canoe rentals are available on site.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

This park provides good windsurfing opportunities.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated mountain bike trails. Mountain bikes are permitted on Birkenhead Lake Trail. This trail is used by both hikers and cyclists. Please note that there may also be horseback riding on the west half of the Birkenhead Lake Trail up to Sockeye Creek.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Mountain goats can be seen in the spring on the high cliffs to the north, above the day use area and the campground.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

During the winter season, the 2 km road from the park gate to the lake can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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