Whiteswan Lake

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Whiteswan Lake

Location: The lake is located 22 km (14 mi) east of Highway 93/95 via a turnoff 10 km (6 mi) south of Canal Flats.

Resorts & Campsites: Campgrounds and boat launches are available at Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park. Additional wilderness walk-in campsites are also available. Picnicing and day-use facilities are at your disposal. Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park is located within the Kootenay Ranges of the Rocky Mountains, 22km southeast of the Village of Canal Flats, the nearest community. Access is from Highway 93/95, turn east 4.5 kilometres south of Canal Flats onto the gravel Whiteswan Forest Service Road. Whiteswan Lake is about 25 km from the highway; the hot springs are located near the west boundary of the park at kilometre 17.5.

The park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. There are 114 campsites located at five campgrounds: Alces Lake (28 campsites) at km 21 offers sunny lakefront campsites; Packrat Point (16 campsites) at km 24 and Inlet Creek (16 campsites) at km 28 are located on the east side of the road across from Whiteswan Lake; White River (17 campsites) is located near the northeastern entrance of the park alongside the White River; and, Home Basin (37 campsites) is located at the northwestern corner of Whiteswan Lake accessed by the Moscow Creek Forest Road and offers some lakefront campsites.

Backcountry camping facilities are provided at Cave Creek Campground located about half way along the north shore of Whiteswan Lake. The site can be accessed by boat or canoe from boat launches provided at Packrat Point or Home Basin, or backpackers can hike in on the North Shore trail from the trailhead at the east end of Alces Lake (3.5 km) or from the Home Basin Campground (2.5km).

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Fishing Report: This lake provides some of the best angling oppurtunity in the Kootenay region. Rainbow trout are stocked in the lake and weigh an average of 0.5 and 2 kg (1 and 4.5 lbs) with species of up to 8 kg (17.6 lb) recorded. Fly fishing is excellent either early or late in the season. Use chironomid, halfback, fullback, Doc Spratleys and shrimp patterns for best results.
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