The Lake is located along Highway 93 and 95, between the centres
of Canal Flats and Fairmont
Lake Provincial Park is used in summer by windsurfers, paddlers
(canoeists and kayakers), and motorized water craft. The 2,758 hectare
lake is the largest warm water lake (18°C in July) in the East Kootenay.
Approximately 3 km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive
recreation opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation).
Fishing on Columbia Lake is popular year round (favoured sport fish
are mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout
and cutthroat trout). The wetland/marsh component of the park offers
excellent opportunities for nature appreciation, viewing and photography.
The upland areas are largely pristine and provide a panorama of
exceptional scenic value, particularly east towards the Rocky Mountains.
Hiking and mountain biking are also common in the upper grasslands
on derelict logging roads and along the park access road.
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lake that lies in the Rocky Mountain Trench plays a very important
role in the water drainage system of the region. The source of the
Columbia River is Columbia Lake. For approximately 100 km (60 mi.)
both the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers run parallel and when they
reach Canal Flats at the south end of Columbia Lake the two rivers
are less than 2 km (1.2 mi.) apart. The Columbia River from its
source flows north while the Kootenay River continues flowing south.
Eroded rock formations called the Dutch Creek hoodoos can be seen
above the south end of Columbia Lake and there are pulloffs spots
near the Dutch Creek bridge. Columbia Lake is a great place for
fishing and swimming. It is well used as a put-in site for persons
planning to canoe or kayak the Columbia River.
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