RVers who want a rugged adventure deep in the wilderness of British Columbia will find Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park the perfect blend of isolated RV camping with the ease of simple recreation. Because of the location of this park, larger RVs and trailers without four-wheel drive or an off-road package would be better suited to another campground because the access roads into the park are narrow, muddy, and not maintained for general passenger vehicles. If your vehicle fits Canada’s wilderness standards, and it is ready for a backcountry vehicle camping excursion, then you should plan your trek to the pristine wilderness of Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park.
Blue Earth Lake is one of many lakes in the evergreen and aspen-lined mountainsides of the Pavilion Mountain Range. The area is one of several wetland regions nestled within a dry climate, creating the ideal habitat for birds and other animals. Campers who crave isolated recreation and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities won’t be disappointed staying at Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park.
Although the area is remote, it isn’t entirely unknown. The park sits near Nlaka’pamux First Nation archaeological site. The land, once barren and dry, eventually became a wetland habitat flourishing with water, fish, and trees. Nlaka’pamux legend believed that a great flood covered the unsuitable land and after the floodwaters retreated, the lakes and mountains remained, leaving behind Blue Earth Lake, its surrounding landscape, as well as a place for people and creatures to thrive.
RVers heading to Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park should be aware of the RV restrictions before heading to the area. The roads are narrow with tight turns. The roads don’t accommodate trailers or traditional RVs. People with truck campers or small off-road conversion campers are best suited for this campground.
Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park is located 211 miles (340 km) northwest of Vancouver, and 79 miles (128 km) northwest of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
People heading to the park should enter from the east, off of Venables Valley Road from Highway 1. All other routes inside of the park are closed. The park suggests that all visitors refer to a backcountry road map before coming to the park. Turn-by-turn driving instructions are available on the park website.
The Blue Earth Lake Campground is a free, first-come, first-served waterfront camping area for truck campers and rugged off-road campers. The campground is open year-round if the weather and the roads are passable. There are segments of space that allow multiple camping parties with no designated sites. Each camping area is primitive with no picnic tables or facilities other than vault toilets. Guests need to bring their own toilet paper. There is also no drinking water, so campers should bring water or boil water taken from the lake. Fires are permitted, but only within the established rock fire rings. Although the park has many trees, the camping area offers very little shade. Campers who are ready for a primitive experience will enjoy camping next to the clear waters of Blue Earth Lake. In British Columbia, generator use is only permitted between the hours of 9:00 am to 11:00 am and from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
The pristine waters of Blue Earth Lake are perfect for a quiet day exploring or paddling. Bring your hand-carried or car topped boats and launch your watercraft from the rustic boat launch area or the beach. There isn’t a boat rental facility; you will need to bring your canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, or other small boats. Don’t forget your paddles, oars, and your personal flotation devices, because you are responsible for your safety on the water.
The park doesn’t have an established bike path but riding bikes through the park’s rugged landscape is one of the activities that people prefer to do at Blue Earth Lake. Bring your thick-tire bikes, your helmets, as well as protective gear and a compass, and traverse the logging roads that weave throughout the vicinity. Since the streets are logging access roads, trucks have the right of way, so riders should be alert and cautious when mountain biking. Always be aware of your surroundings, and tell someone where you are riding to provide an extra layer of safety.
Anglers who like to fish in an isolated location without the sounds of other people will enjoy casting their reel into Blue Earth Lake. Bring your fishing gear, bait, and your license, and spend time trying to catch one of Blue Earth Lake’s resident fish: bullhead, bull trout, brown trout, and rainbow trout. The lake is a popular fishing area because spawning trout travel in one of the lake’s connecting streams. The best fishing is during the spring and the summer, but people fish here year-round depending on the weather. Choose to fish from a small boat or fly fish from the shallow shores. Contact Fish and Wildlife.
Hiking at Blue Earth Lake Provincial Park isn’t like hiking in more established parks. For people who love the outdoors and don’t mind trails that are off the beaten path, the park is a perfect place to get outdoors to see the beautiful Canadian countryside. To experience nature on foot, walk along the shores of the lake, or meander the logging roads. If you choose to hike on the logging roads, make sure you are alert and that you yield to logging trucks. The roads are often muddy, so bring gear that can get dirty!
Canada has a rich history of hunting and trapping, and sport hunting and trapping is still part of many Canadians’ recreational pastimes. If you are interested in hunting waterfowl or trapping small animals in British Columbia, ensure you complete your research and understand the province’s hunting rules and regulations. To learn more about hunting during the lawful hunting season, pick up a Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis guide or contact someone at the Fish and Wildlife office.
Visiting Blue Earth Lake is a rustic experience in all senses except when it comes to geocaching. Geocaching, an electronic scavenger hunt, requires a bit of technology to partake in the fun. Bring your handheld GPS devices and visit the worldwide Geocaching website to get the coordinates and the cache information before you head out of town, as internet and cell phone service is limited in the park’s vicinity. The whole family will have fun spending time in nature searching for the hidden treasure!