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Columbia Lake Park


Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas

The park is open for day-use possibilities, but there are currently no day-use facilities in the park. The undeveloped, pristine lakeside setting offers recreation opportunities without high volumes of people. Alternative locations on Columbia Lake (such as Tilley Memoria Park) possess a high level of facility infrastructure and lack the undisturbed natural shoreline/upland characteristics evident at Columbia Lake Provincial Park.

The park is an excellent staging area for hiking opportunities along the entire east side of Columbia Lake. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
This park allows swimming possibilities in the 2,758 hectare lake, and is the largest warm water lake in the East Kootenay. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park.

Fishing on Columbia Lake is popular year-round (favoured sport fish are mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout). Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing
Approximately 3 km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive recreation opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation). The wetland/marsh component of the park offers excellent opportunities for nature appreciation, viewing and photography. The upland areas are largely pristine and provide a panorama of exceptional scenic value, particularly east towards the Rocky Mountains.
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.

Mountain biking opportunities exist in this park, both on trails and on the access road. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

For details on e-biking within Columbia Lake Provincial Park, see the e-biking section.


Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Columbia Lake Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.

There are windsurfing opportunities at this park.