Champion Lakes Provincial Park is located about 18 km (11 miles)
north-east of Fruitvale
and 30 km (19 miles) north-west of Salmo.
To get there, travel on Hwy 3B to the turnoff to Champion Lake Road
and then go uphill past the golf course an additional 11 km (7 miles)
to the park gates.
The main highlights of Champion Lakes Provincial Park include the
fabulous outdoor recreation found along a series of three connecting
lakes within the park. This is an ideal spot for family camping,
swimming, and watersports with a number of sandy beaches available,
numerous hiking trails, and, with the appropriate license, fishing
at all of the lakes.
Champion Lakes Provincial Park offers 95 vehicle-accessible campground
areas, spanning and in between Third and Second Champion Lakes,
of which 30 are reservable and the rest are on a first-come, first-served
basis. Many of the campsites are very private and treed. Some have
a large buffer zone of bushes between neighbouring campsites, and
some are even located next to the lake, offering memorable views
and private swimming areas.
Each campsite has a fire-pit and a picnic table, with a combination
of three flush toilet facilities, four sets of pit-toilets, and
fresh well-water taps all conveniently located nearby in the campground.
Campsite reservations at Champion Lakes Provincial Park are accepted
through Discover Camping and you might want to consider this option
during peak summer season. The campground is open all year long
with no services between September 16th and May 31st. At this time,
it is user maintained with no fees. A sani-station is open at the
park for cleaning and emptying RV tanks between June 1st and August
Third Champion Lake offers some excellent swimming opportunities
at the day-use, picnic area of the park. Here you can find a large
change room, picnic shelter, a float, a nice sandy beach, and a
children's adventure playground. Just remember, as with all areas
in the BC Parks system, there are no lifeguards present, so please
keep an eye on all children and non-swimmers.
The park also offers a concrete plank boat launch for non-motorized
boats only, with kayaks and canoes being the most popular. With
the appropriate fishing license, there are some angling opportunities
for stocked Rainbow trout, especially in Second Champion Lake. During
the winter when the lake freezes over, ice fishing is very popular
with the locals.
If you like walking, there are up to 6.5 km (4 miles) of hiking
trails offered in Champion Lakes Provincial Park. The trails complete
a circuit with separate loops around Third and Second Champion Lakes
and route along a creek to the east side of First Campion Lake,
returning through the thick forest to one of the boat launches.
There is also the 750 metre (.5 mile) Lookout Trail that will take
you up a steep ascent to an outcrop where there is a spectacular
view of all three lakes.
Lakes Golf and Country Club
Other recreational activities near the park include the 9 hole golf
course at the Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club. Besides great
golfing, the Champion Lakes Golf and Country Club offers a place
to relax at the Eagle's Nest Restaurant, a full-service licensed
facility with lots of seating, a large outdoor deck, and depending
on the time, a full menu with a good selection of breakfast, lunch,
and dinner items.
Valley Ski Club
During the winter, there is a network of cross-country ski trails
that are situated around Champion Lakes Provincial Park. The parking
lot and trailhead for Nordic skiing is located about 1 km (.6 mile)
outside the entrance and is maintained by local volunteers from
the Beaver Valley Ski Club.
Stores and Fuel
There is a park gate located at the entrance that closes at 11:00pm
and opens at 7:00am. For phone service in the park, unfortunately,
there are no pay phones and the cell service is not always reliable.
The closest grocery store and service station are in Fruitvale,
18 km (11 miles) south-west on Champion Lake Road and Hwy 3B. Salmo,
which is 30 km (19 miles) away, has fuel, grocery, and liquor stores
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try
to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you
feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions.
There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars
so please play it safe.
Lake Loop Trail
Golf and Country