There are two provincial parks in the Pemberton region with well organized campgrounds, Nairn Falls and Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park. The lake itself is six kilometres in length and is a popular fishing spot, particularly at the mouth of Sockeye Creek. Nearby Phelix Creek is a spawning ground for kokanee, and although the salmon aren’t feeding, you can sometimes fish for the rainbow trout that follow in their wake. There is also a boat launch near the beachfront. Because the park is somewhat more remote, observe the diversity in both plant and animal life that exits.
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park also has mountain biking trails and paddling options. Birkenhead Lake is most welcoming for a quiet sojourn around its shoreline. Launch from the dock and paddle south. A surprise awaits you, as it does on many mountain lakes. Tenquille Ridge’s white walled flank, hidden from view at the dock, begins to reveal itself to the west, while the mountains that hem Anderson Lake begin to appear in the north. Late spring, when the surrounding snow-topped peaks reflect on the lake’s surface, is one of the best times to visit here.
For those who enjoy hiking, pick up the trail next to the boat launch and follow it south as it climbs above the shoreline towards Gramsons. The jewel of this well-marked, picturesque 40 km (25 mile) one-way stretch is Birkenhead Lake. The beachfront is lovely, and those that enjoy swimming will not be disappointed, however the water can be cold at times as the lake water itself comes directly from the surrounding mountain snow.
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park has a total of 94 sites, 7 of which are double sites. A walk-in or boat-in wilderness campsite is available with limited services. Some of the campsites in the main vehicle campground have been permanently closed to protect adjacent creek fish values. A new double site has replaced the former firewood corral. Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 12 – September 17. There is a locked gate in the off season, however you may still hike in and camp. The closest store is D’Arcy approximately 22 kilometres on the Pemberton Portage Road. The nearest pay phone is also in D’Arcy. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Signs on the D’Arcy-Anderson Lake Rd inform visitors when the Birkenhead campsite is full so that travellers don’t make the 21 mile (34 km) round trip in vain.
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is located 17 km West of D’Arcy off Highway 99.
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