Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park

 

Nestled in the Kootenay Range of the Rocky Mountains, Whiteswan Provincial Park encompasses two beautiful lakes, Whiteswan and Alces. Getting to the park entrance involves driving 18 km on a gravel road frequented by logging trucks, but this park is well worth the effort. The undeveloped Lussier Hot Springs, located in a series of rock pools alongside Lussier River, is perhaps the biggest draw here. Visitors can relax in hot mineral water while taking up the gorgeous mountain scenery. Canoeing, kayaking, and swimming can be enjoyed in the clear waters of Whiteswan and Alces Lakes. White River offers opportunities for whitewater kayaking. Fishing is reputed to be excellent in both lakes, which are regularly stocked with Pennask and Gerrard strains of rainbow trout. The park has a total of 114 campsites in five separate camping areas, located at Alces Lake, Whiteswan Lake, and White River. An easy 8-km long North Shore hiking trail meanders along the lake shores and connects Alces Lake and Home Basin campground.

Facilities

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

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - Hunting - - - -

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Number of campsites: 114, reservable: 0, nearest town: Canal Flats (25 km), Invermere (75 km)

Additional Information

Location

From Highway 93/95, turn east 4.5 kilometres south of Canal Flats onto the gravel Whiteswan Forestry Road and follow the road for 17 km to the western park boundary. Lussier Hot Springs are located near the western park boundary. Alces Lake is a further 5 km away, and Whiteswan Lake is 8 km away from the western park boundary.

Contact Information

Kootenay Park Services Ltd.
E-mail: ekparks@telus.net
Phone: 1 250 422-3003

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

Home Basin and White River campgrounds are open for camping year-round, but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.

Alces, Packrat and Inlet Creek campgrounds are open for camping from May 9 - October 15 (campground gates are closed in the off-season).

Campground dates with full fees and services (for all campgrounds): May 9 - October 15.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

There are 114 vehicle-accessible campsites located at five campgrounds: Alces Lake (28 campsites) located 21 km away from Highway 93/93; Packrat Point (16 campsites) at km 24 and Inlet Creek (16 campsites) at km 28 are located across from Whiteswan Lake; White River (17 campsites), 32 km away from the highway; and Home Basin (37 campsites) located at the northwestern corner of Whiteswan Lake 33 km away from the main highway.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in camping is allowed at Cave Creek located on the north shore of Whiteswan Lake. Facilities include 2 pit toilets, 3 picnic tables and one fire ring.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are 4 day-use / picnic areas located at Alces, Packrat, Home Basin, and White River campgrounds.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station / dump is located a the entrance to Alces campground.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There are four concrete or gravel boat launches at this park located at Home Basin, Alces, Packrat Point, and Inlet Creek campgrounds. No towing is permitted on Alces or Whiteswan Lakes. Electric motors only on Alces Lake.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Site 35 at Home Basin Campground is a wheelchair accessible campsite. Located adjacent to this site is a wheelchair accessible pit toilet.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Excellent fishing opportunities are available on Alces and Whiteswan Lakes. Alces Lake is stocked annually with Pennask strain of rainbow trout, while Whiteswan is stocked with Gerrard strain of rainbow trout.

Hiking

Hiking

There is an 8-km long hiking trail leading along the north shores of Alces and Whiteswan Lake from Alces campground to Home Basin campground.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming in Whiteswan Lake can be enjoye from a beach at Home Basin campground.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed on Alces and Whiteswan Lake. Whitewater kayaking is possible on White River.

Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed during the hunting season, as per BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations .

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The road in.

Submitted by Guest on April 1, 2012

Dangerous. Are you brave?

 

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