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Pure Lake
Pure Lake is located in Haida Gwaii, approximately 25 km (16 miles) north of Port Clements and 19 km (12 miles) south of Masset on Hwy 16. After parking on a highway pull-out, there is a short walk from Hwy 16 to the lake.

Warm Water
Pure Lake is well noted locally for having some of the warmest water of any accessible lake in Haida Gwaii. Many local kids from all over Haida Gwaii and especially Graham Island have learned water safety as well as how to fish, canoe, and swim at Pure Lake. Remember, as with all BC Parks, there are no lifeguards here, so swimming is at your own risk.

Facilities
The facilities found at Pure Lake Provincial Park include pit toilets, picnic tables, fire-pits, and a small sandy beach. Unfortunately, there are no camping facilities found in Pure Lake Provincial Park and you have to pack in your own firewood and boat to the day-use area along the lake.

Wet and Muddy Trail
When you take the walk to Pure Lake, expect muddy conditions, especially during wet weather. The trail starts off from the parking lot as a well-drained, hard-packed path through trees badly in need of thinning, but conditions change fast and the path goes through more open grassland with mud and puddles on the trail. From the parking lot to the lake, the trail takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Nearest Provincial Campgrounds
If you want to camp in a provincial park, the two nearest ones are in Naikoon Provincial Park with Agate Beach Campground in the north, and Misty Meadows Campground near Tlell in the south.

Bear Country
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.

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Pure Lake
Pure Lake Provincial Park

 

Day-use Area at Pure Lake Provincial Park
Day-use Area

 

Trail to Pure Lake
Trail to Pure Lake

 

Pure Lake Provincial Park
Pure Lake Provincial Park

 
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