Davis Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Located 80 km east of Vancouver, Davis Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a small warm-water lake, beaches and a scenic waterfall.
The park represents unique ecology that is not commonly found in the Lower Mainland area, including a virtually pure western hemlock stand and prime bird habitat. The access road into the parking area is approximately 1 km of deactivated road (unmaintained gravel road) and signage is limited.
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own drinking water; potable water is not available in the park.
Davis Lake Provincial Park is located 19 km north of Mission. Access is via Sylvester Road. Just north of the park boundary, this road accesses a secondary road that descends south back down the slope to Davis Lake. Please note that access is walk-in only. The access road into the parking area is approximately 1 km of deactivated road (unmaintained gravel road) and signage is limited.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was designated to Provincial Park status in October 1963.
- Cultural Heritage: Davis Lake Provincial Park is located in the traditional territory of the Sto:lo Nation. In the early part of the 20th century, several attempts were made at homesteading the park area though none were successful. During this time, selective timber cutting also took place. During the 1940s, the Whonnock Lumber Company logged the area to the north of Davis Lake.
- Conservation: Davis Lake Provincial Park lies within the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone. Predominant species include Douglas-fir and red cedar, which are interspersed with Douglas maple, alder, and vine maple, alder, and vine maple. The park also protects a virtually pure stand of western hemlock.
- Wildlife: Woodpeckers, sapsuckers, and other birds can be seen at the south end of the lake. The diversity of ecosystems in this park also provides great potential for other bird species including spotted owl. Davis Lake supports small populations of cutthroat trout as well as Northern Pikeminnow.
- Management Planning Information
- There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.
Activities Available at this Park
There are canoeing/kayaking opportunities at this park. Canoes and kayaks will have to be portaged into the lake (approximately a 15-minute hike). There are no canoe / kayak-accessible campsites.
There is fishing for Kokanee, Longnose Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Rainbow Trout, Westslope (Yellowstone) Cutthroat Trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is one short trail to the scenic falls. All other hiking would be on existing old forest service roads. Some roads are inside the park but most are outside the park boundary.
There is swimming available in the lake; however, it would not be considered a qood quality swimming area. The beach is considered “rustic” with some sand. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.