Darke Lake Provincial Park

 

Darke Lake Provincial Park, reached from Summerland via 16 km of gravel road, is very much a fisherman’s destination. The lake is stocked annually and offers excellent opportunities to catch rainbow and eastern brook trout. In the winter, the lake is popular for ice fishing and ice skating. This park has a user-maintained campground, with only pit toilets and fire rings available. The campground is located in a forested area of pine and Douglas fir. There are no designated campsites available, and the campground is not really suitable for large RVs and motorhomes.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - - - - - - - - -

Activities

Fishing - - - - - - - Bicycling - - - - Horse Riding - Hunting Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 5, reservable: 0, nearest town: Summerland (16 km)

Additional Information

Location

From Summerland, drive west on Prairie Valley Road and then on Princeton-Summerland Road for approximately 10 km, then turn right on Fish Lake Road. Follow Fish Lake Road through Meadow Valley for approximately 16 km to reach the park. The access road is not recommended for large RVs.

Contact Information

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Camping Information

Fees

None

Operation Dates

The campsite is open year round with no fees and services; the campsite is user-maintained.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers a rustic camping experience for those interested mainly in fishing. There are no designated sites and the area is best suited to truck and camper units as opposed to trailers or motor homes. There are no picnic tables or taps. Campfires are only allowed in the designated fire pits in the campground. The camping area is in mature Douglas fir forest with some old growth cottonwood a short distance from the lake. The campsite is open year round and is user-maintained.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are only permitted in the designated campfire pits in the campground area. Firewood is not provided and removal or burning of natural debris is prohibited. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. It is recommended to bring a portable stove for cooking.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Darke Lake is a very popular fishing spot. It is stocked by the Summerland Trout Hatchery with both rainbow trout and brook trout. Darke Lake is very popular with local residents for ice fishing. It is small enough to freeze but large enough that it doesn't freeze solid allowing fish to be active in the winter for ice fishing opportunities.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Horses are allowed in this park and a permit is not required.

Hunting

Hunting

The park is open to hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are no specific cross-country or shoeshoeing trails in the park; however, there are a number of old logging roads through the park that provide skiing opportunities depending on snow levels. Roads through the park provide opportunities for snowmobiling, though lack of snow may be a problem. The lake is small enough that you can ice-skate when it freezes. Darke Lake is also very popular with local residents for ice fishing.

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