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Birkenhead Lake
Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is situated approximately 24 km (15 miles) south-west of the small community of D'Arcy and Anderson Lake.

Travelling to D'Arcy
To get here from Vancouver, take Hwy 99 north to Pemberton. From here, continue on Hwy 99 to Mount Currie and at St. Christopher's Church, follow the direction signs to D'Arcy. If you happen to be coming south from Lillooet, watch for the First Nations Lil'wat Gas and Snacks sign on Hwy 99 for the sign for D'Arcy. From Mount Currie, travel alongside the power lines for about 50 km (31 miles) and the turn-off for Blackwater Road is situated just past Gates Lake and Birken. Once on Blackwater Road, the route up to the park is all up-hill climbing on a gravel surface through ranch land for approximately 18 km (11 miles) eventually to the park gates.

Park Highlights
The highlights and activities of Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park include taking in the beautiful mountain scenery, enjoying the alpine meadows near Sockeye Creek, wilderness hiking, mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, and canoeing on a very pristine lake. Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is situated deep in the wilderness on the edge of the Coast Mountain Range where it meets the South Interior, creating a unique climatic zone for British Columbia. The area makes for a great outdoor experience for all ages with lots of wildlife present, including owls, osprey, herons, grouse, deer, moose, mountain goats, and bears.

Campground
The campground found at Birkenhead Lake Park has a total of 90 vehicle-accessible campsites with up to 46 of these reservable through Discover Camping, with the rest being on a first-come, first-served basis. The campsites are quite large, well-treed, and really private, especially a few that back onto Phelix Creek. There are a number of short trails that take you from the campground and head to the sandy beach next to the lake where you can find some canoe rentals.

Park Facilities
The facilities found in the park include a number of tap water stations, pit-toilets, lots of metal-ringed fire-pits, a sani-station for RVs and a very well-built concrete boat launch with a wharf. There is a day-use area near the beach where you can find a number of picnic tables with lots of room near a large parking lot. For hikers, the park offers some wilderness campsites but these are only open during the operating season.

Fishing
If you have the appropriate license, fishing in Birkenhead Lake is very productive for both Rainbow and Kokanee trout. There are no Dolly Varden present in the lake, but Bull trout are; unfortunately, they are catch-and-release only as they are categorized in this area as an endangered species.

Bears and Wildlife Precaution
Grizzly and Black bears are extremely evident and active in this Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park and caution and best practises regarding exposure to them must be adhered to at all times. Keep all food and food containers, especially coolers, locked up inside your vehicle at all times. Maintain your distance when approaching the animals and remember safe wildlife precautions while in the campground, on various trails, in and the surrounding area.

Local Trails
For exploring, there is the Birkenhead Lake Trail, which goes for about 8 km (5 miles) along the west side of the lake. The trail leads you to Sockeye Creek, eventually making its way to Birkenhead Lake Forest Service Road. This scenic gravel trail is well-suited for hiking and mountain biking. You can find some horseback riding on the west side. Other trails in the park include the Bear, the Wilderness Trail, and the hike up to Goat Lookout. There is also a short wheelchair-accessible trail alongside the gravel beach near the day-use area.

The Wandering Wolf Farm
If you require supplies, located near the park is a small section of vacation homes on Blackwater Road and it's where you'll find a sign for the Wandering Wolf Farm. Operating out of the Camper's Store, there is a small selection of convenience items, including dry firewood, cold drinks, ice, cigarettes, souvenirs, artwork, and crafts. The owners are very nice, helpful, and well-known the area, with lots of local knowledge.

D'Arcy
If the store happens to be closed, the next nearest place is in D'Arcy where you can shop at the N'Quatqua Central Service Station which features fuel and a local convenience store. At D'Arcy, you can have access to a very large body of water called Anderson Lake which stretches north from D'Arcy to the small community of Seton Portage.

BC Parks

 

 

Birkenhead Lake
Birkenhead Lake

 

Birkenhead Lake Beach
Birkenhead Lake Beach

 

Boat Launch
Boat Launch

 

Typical Campsite at Birkenhead  Lake
Typical Campsite

 

Day-use area at Birkenhead Lake
Day-use area at Birkenhead Lake

 

Bear Warning Sign
Bear Warning Sign

 

Lake Trail to Campground
Lake Trail to Campground

 

Phelix Creek
Phelix Creek

 

 

 
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