Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, Birken

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Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located in the Lillooet Country region to the northeast of Pemberton and immediately northwest of Birkenhead Peak and Gates Lake (a.k.a. Birken Lake) at the community of Birken.History and conservationIt was established in 1963 to provide a recreation and conservation area between the Pemberton Valley and Lillooet and it has 79 vehicle accessible campsites and a lakeside beach area. The park's wildlife includes mountain goats, black bears and grizzly bears while the lake itself is home to Rainbow Trout and Kokanee. The lake is also home to a protected species of Bull Trout, often mistaken for Dolly Varden.Location and accessIt is located 90 kilometres north-east of Whistler, the last 12 kilometres of which are a non-paved gravel road branching off the main paved from between Mount Currie and D'Arcy via Blackwater Creek, a tributary of the Gates River, a few miles northeast of the community of Birken.
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  • After a 15km drive up a gravel road we found ourselves at Birkenhead Lake. Truly breathtaking. Hired a canoe and paddled happily for 2.5 hours. The ranger then calmly informed us of a bear in the imme...  more »
  • We rented a canoe there and went to the other side of the lake. Great views form the lake. We had a strong wind on the way back in the afternoon. If you are seeking the lonely adventure, pick another ...  more »
  • spent the day here with our 2 children. not much hiking here. lake is cold but kids had fun playing on beach and in water. Nice place to camp and canoe.  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful park! Incredibly difficult to get to but definitely worth the effort to visit at least once. Make sure that you get here well before dark as the road leading in to the park is a mixture of dirt and rocks and not lit at all.
  • Just spent 3 nights camping here and loved it. The campsite is well maintained, clean, and good facilities. The water is drinkable, the bathrooms are standard outhouses, stocked daily with TP. The sites are large, include a fire pit, well treed, and ample sun light. We fit our tent trailer in there with ease and had lots of room to spread out. There are a couple hikes in the area that are decent, the Goat's Lookout is a bit of an uphill climb but offers nice views. The Lakeshore hike is right along the lake and gives you access to a couple of beaches along the way. The lake was very refreshing, warm and very swimmable. It was about 30 degrees Celsius when we were there, so swimming was needed to cool down. Like other reviewers have said, bring your own kayak or canoe, it's well worth it to go for a morning ride. Lots of SUP as well. There are no shower facilities here, we brought a solar bag shower to help with that. The beach is nice, sandy and decent size. Also, a big dog area that allows off leash. The road getting to the campground isn't that bad, several small city type cars were up there. It's passable without issue. Highly recommend this campsite, off the beaten path and well worth it.
  • A bit out of the way, but very pretty and peaceful.
  • My wife and I spent July long weekend up at Birkenhead Lake. What a beautiful place. It sure has changed allot since the last time I was there. That was in 1885 in December!
  • Now I Am Going Back Away's Great Lake To Go To 4 x 4 ing Hiking & Much More .. Not Much I Don't Like About Camping B.C. If You Can No Provincial Parks To Go There's .Always Other Sites To Get To A Little Bit Remote But Awesome..

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