One Island Lake Provincial Park is located on the Alberta Plateau near the British Columbia/Alberta border, south of Dawson Creek. This small park (61 hectares) provides representation of the Kiskatinaw Plateau ecosection. The boreal white and black spruce biogeoclimatic zone covers One Island Park. Forests are comprised mainly of lodgepole pine and black and white spruce.
The park is situated by the clear One Island Lake, which is noted for its fishing opportunities – the lake has been stocked annually with brook and rainbow trout since 1963. Other sport fish include bull trout, northern pike and wetslope cutthroat trout. The lake also supports other fish species such as brook stickleback, finescale dace and fathead minnow.
In the north, lakes may be either too shallow or too deep, and fish stocks don’t do well. Shallow water freezes solid in winter, while deeper lakes never really warm up in summer, stunting fish growth. With that said, there are fish beyond count in the waters of Northern BC, both wild and introduced. Prime species include various types of trout, char, arctic grayling, dolly varden, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and northern pike.
Other recreational activities include peaceful canoe and kayak trips, bird watching, swimming, and just relaxing. The shoreline of One Island Lake is dotted with private cabins owned by residents of Dawson Creek. A variety of waterfowl congregate at One Island Lake, and moose, white-tail and mule deer, beaver and black bear are also common to the area.
One Island Lake offers vehicle/tent campsites and provides basic facilities – picnic tables, pit toilets, fire pits, firewood and water. Reservations are not accepted, and all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. No wilderness/backcountry camping is permitted. There is a single boat launch at One Island Lake Park.
One Island Lake Provincial Park is located 38 miles (60 km) south of Dawson Creek in Northeast BC. Take Highway 2 for 30 km southeast of Dawson Creek, then turn southwest at the community of Tupper and follow the rough gravel road for another 30 kilometres.
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