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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 Memorial Park) possess a high level of facility infrastructure.

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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 for swimming in the largest warm water lake in the East Kootenay. There are no lifeguards on duty.

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 3km of undeveloped beach area allows for wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation. The wetland and marsh offer 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 and 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.

The park provides an excellent area for biking along the entire east side of Columbia Lake as well as the upper grasslands on derelict logging roads and along the park access road.

For details on e-biking within Columbia Lake 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 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.