Babine Lake is the longest (but not largest) natural freshwater lake in British Columbia, at 177 kilometres from tip to tip. There are four parks located on or near the lake.
Babine Lake Marine Park (Pendleton Bay)
Pendleton Bay offers a quiet campsite in a natural setting on the southwest shore of Babine Lake, about 45 kilometres north of Burns Lake. The boat launch provides easy access to Babine Lake for travellers visiting the community of Burns Lake. Most people use Pendleton Bay as a starting point for excursions onto Babine Lake
Babine Lake Marine Park (Smithers Landing)
Campsites nestled along the lakeshore make this a scenic camping spot, located 66 kilometres northeast of Smithers. Smithers Landing is ideal for those wanting a slower pace. A great area for fishing and boating, and the most northerly of the parks on Babine Lake.
Red Bluff Provincial Park
Red Bluff Provincial Park near the communities of Granisle and Topley Landing is named for iron-stained cliffs that plunge almost perpendicularly into Babine Lake. The popular park is a pleasant spot to camp, picnic, sunbathe or swim. A trail system of scenic walking trails leads to sweeping views of big Babine Lake, with opportunities for viewing wildlife.
Topley Landing Provincial Park
The day-use and picnic area of Topley Landing Provincial Park is located near the community of Topley Landing, on the western shore of Babine Lake, north of Topley (on Hwy 16) on the paved Granisle Highway.
The first of the three campgrounds situated along the western shore of the massive Babine Lake is at Pendleton Bay. Farther up the lake is Topley Landing Provincial Park and Red Bluff Provincial Park. About 24 miles (40 km) beyond Red Bluff, passed the community of Granisle, is Smithers Landing, the most northerly of the parks on Babine Lake.
It will probably take you over a week to canoe Babine Lake. You can put in and take out at many places along the lake, including Smithers and Pendleton Bay. Boaters can hug and explore the extensive shoreline of this huge lake, but be cautious, as the weather can change rapidly.
Babine Lake is an angler’s paradise, and is filled with huge fish. Rainbow trout grow as big as 5.5 kg, while char range up to 9 kg. Anglers will enjoy the challenge of fishing for rainbow trout, char and cutthroat trout in the wilderness area of Babine Lake. Flyfishing and trolling yield superb results.
The resort located on Babine Lake provides boat rentals, bait, licences and fishing tackle.
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