Darke Lake is nestled deep in the pine and fir forests near Summerland. The park is suitable for day use and picnics, part of the attraction here is the park’s rainbow and brook trout fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
For those who enjoy winter sports, Darke Lake is a popular place for ice fishing, snowmobiling and skating. There are no specific cross-country or shoeshoeing trails in the park, however, there are a number of old logging roads through the park that provide skiing opportunities depending on snow levels. Roads through the park provide opportunities for snowmobiling, though lack of snow may be a problem. The lake is small enough that you can ice-skate when it freezes.
The 1,470 hectare park offers rustic camping for those interested mainly in fishing. There are no designated sites and the area is best suited to truck and camper units as opposed to trailers or motor homes. There are no picnic tables or taps. Campfires are only allowed in the designated fire pits in the campground. The camping area is in mature Douglas fir forest with some old growth cottonwood a short distance from the lake. The campsite is open year round and is user-maintained.
From Darke Lake, it’s only about 4 km farther to Eneas Lakes Provincial Park, a lovely undeveloped area consisting of four lakes on a fir-and-pine forested plateau.
The park is accessed via a gravel road 20km northwest of Summerland off Highway 97 on Prairie Valley Road.
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