There is a double concrete boat launch, complete with parking lots. The boat launch area is closed daily from dusk to 8am during the summer months. The boat launch opens May 1 and closes October 30.
West Lake’s day-use area has all the ingredients for an ideal family outing. Sunbathers will find a perfect spot to spread a blanket on the expansive sandy beach or under the shady cottonwood trees. Nearby change houses and picnic tables make it easy to spend an entire day enjoying this beautiful setting near the water. For energetic visitors looking for a little light-hearted competition, a play field, volleyball net and horseshoe pitches are provided.
For groups, two picnic areas are available. A wood stove, horseshoe pitches, and a playfield make year-round fun available for groups of up to 100. One of the shelters is enclosed for optimum use during cooler weather and is available on a first come, first served basis. The other shelter can be reserved for group use.
Group picnicking fee: $50 per group
There are 15km of trails that are accessible in both summer and winter months. Trails are on the park map [PDF] .
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.
Safe swimming practices are a must! Visitors are encouraged to remain within the designated area. An abrupt drop-off is marked with floats. Swimmers itch may be present at West Lake. To prevent swimmers itch, check out the BC Healthfiles page. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. They are not allowed in park buildings or beach areas except for the area set aside for pets between the log picnic shelter and the boat launch as indicated by signs.
You are responsible for their control, behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
There are winter recreation opportunities. Snowshoeing opportunities exist on the regular (summer) trails in the park. There are also opportunities for cross-country skiing on these trails. However, there are no tracks set.