Paul Lake Provincial Park is only a half hour drive northeast of Kamloops, B.C., Canada in the Thompson-Shuswap region of British Columbia, Canada. This park features a beautiful blue lake, a 7 kilometre hiking trail, a campground and a 400 metre white sandy beach.
Paul Lake Provincial Park was created in 1961 and covers over 670 hectares. In 1996 an additional 269 hectares were added. The Paul Lake Provincial Park protects various species of wildlife in the region like the coyote and mule deer.
The most popular activities enjoyed at Paul Lake include boating, swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, birdwatching, camping, mountain biking and sightseeing. Within the park boundaries is a 7 kilometre hiking trail, campground facilities, an adventure playground and a cartop boat launch.
The day use area is equipped with many amenities including picnic tables, viewing benches, flush toilets, cold water taps, an open air shower, BBQ’s and change rooms. The large grass lawns and the shade provided by the trees ensures a comfortable viewpoint of the lake and beach from the shoreline.
The boat launch provides access to the lake for canoes and small boats. Paul Lake is stocked with Blackwater and Pennask Rainbow trout. All fisherman should have a fresh water licence.
The hiking trail at Paul Lake leads to Gibralter Rock and to more views of the valley. The last section of the trail is uphill leading to the summit. The summit is 900 meters in elevation and gives some fantastic spanning views of the lake and of Harper Mountain. Some of the birds to keep an eye out for include ospreys, swallows, and white-throated swifts.
Paul Lake Provincial Park, Kamloops, British Columbia in the Thompson-Shuswap region of BC, Canada
How To Get To: Paul Lake Provinical ParkFrom Kamloops travel along Hwy #5 north for 5 kilometres. Take a right on Paul Lake Road and continue driving until you reach Pinantan Rd. Take a right on Pinantan road to the park entrance.