Green Lake in Green Lake Provincial Park is wide and shallow, fed by two small creeks, lake-bottom springs, and upland runoff. Since its outlet only functions in high-water periods, there’s lots of time for algae and other micro-organisms to form: hence the lake’s greenish hue and its name.
Green Lake is one of the larger bodies of water in the southern portion of the Cariboo. The lake is about 9 miles (14 km) long, averaging 1.5 km in width, with an irregular shoreline of approximately 36 miles (57 km).
The lake is excellent for both summer and winter recreation. Swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, paddling, and horseback riding are all popular, and sandy beaches dot the irregular shoreline at five spots. The lake itself is quite shallow allowing for the waters to remain quite warm, even into the fall months. The undulating plateau and highlands around the lake have become a cross-country skier’s paradise.
The area around Green Lake is fairly abundant with moose and deer, and black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots are also present. The west end of the lake attracts waterfowl to the nesting and migratory resting area. Owls and golden eagles can also be seen.
Green Lake Provincial Park (347 hectares) provides a total of 121 campsites at three locations; Emerald Bay, Sunset View and Little Arrowhead.
Reservations are accepted for Emerald Bay and Sunset View campgrounds, which are located at opposite sides of Green Lake. First-come, first-served sites are also available at these campgrounds, as well as Little Arrowhead campground. Emerald Bay and Sunset View campgrounds are nestled amongst the trees where as Arrowhead consists of waterfront camping in a fairly open area.
There is a BC Parks information shelter, which provides information on campground and picnic area locations and a sani-station, located at the south end of the park. The park is open from May to September 30, and fees are collected during this time.
The sani-station/dump facilities operate during summer months, located at the junction of North Green Lake Road and North Bonaparte Road, 7.5 miles (12 km) west of Sunset View campground and 11 miles (18 km) southwest of Emerald Bay.
Two boat launches are provided at Green Lake Provincial Park, one at the south side of Sunset View campground and at the other at the north side of Little Arrowhead picnic site. Angling for rainbow trout is good thanks to the re-stocking program at Green Lake.
Green Lake Provincial Park is located northeast of 70 Mile House along North Bonaparte Road. Access to the park is approximately 10 miles (16 km) off the Cariboo Highway 97, or approximately 11 miles (18 km) south of Hwy #24 at Lone Butte – follow the signs along Watch Lake Road.
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