Lac La Hache is a beautiful freshwater lake in a rolling Fraser Plateau setting, and one of the most popular lakes located along Cariboo Highway 97. Also known as Kumatakwa Lake or Axe Lake, and named for an early trader who supposedly dropped his axe in the water, the park is great for hiking, swimming, waterskiing, canoeing, kayaking, boating and fishing. Lac La Hache is one of the most picturesque bodies of water in British Columbia, and is known for its large concentrations of kokanee and lake trout.
Within Lac La Hache park there is also a boat launch available for public use, and an adventure playground for the youngsters. After swimming, we recommend that you have a shower, as Swimmer’s Itch is sometimes a problem in the middle of summer. At the lake’s south end is the small community of Lac La Hache, which describes itself as ‘the longest town in the Cariboo.’
The 83 campsites in Lac La Hache Provincial Park are set in relatively open Douglas fir and aspen woodlands beside one of the biggest lakes seen from Highway 97. Park facilities provided include pit toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, firewood, and fresh water. Campsites are located across the highway from the lake, while the picnic site and boat launch are situated right on the lake. Lac La Hache park is open from May to September 30 and fees are collected during this time.
Cariboo Nature Park is a small park just 3 kilometres north of Lac La Hache. It protects waterfowl nesting at Woodfrog Lake, and is a good spot for bird watching and walking. There are no facilities, but Ducks Unlimited have constructed nesting boxes and nesting platforms for wood ducks and Canada geese. Be sure to visit the Heritage House at 108 Mile is a half-hour’s drive from the campground, and is open from May to September.
The campground host or Park Facility Operator can inform you of other things to do in the area, as well as boat rental locations. There is a pay phone located at the campground entrance and the community of Lac La Hache offers a grocery store, gas station, bakery, ice cream parlour and a few restaurants.
Lac La Hache Provincial Park is located on Cariboo Highway 97 in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, 19 miles (30 km) northwest of 100 Mile House
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