Babine Lake

Directions
From Smithers, drive east on Route 16 across the Bulkley River bridge and up the hill. Look for signs directing you to "Babine Lake - Smithers Landing". Turn left onto Babine Lake Road. Follow Babine Lake Road 65 km to Smithers Landing.

Babine Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in British Columbia, at 177 km from tip to tip. There are four parks located on or near the lake. The first of the three campgrounds situated along the western shore of the massive Babine Lake is at Pendleton Bay Provincial Park, which most people use as a starting point for excursions onto Babine Lake.

Farther up the lake is Topley Landing Provincial Park and Red Bluff Provincial Park, named for iron-stained cliffs that plunge into Babine. About 24 miles (40 km) beyond Red Bluff, past the community of Granisle, is Smithers Landing Provincial Park, the most northerly of the parks on Babine Lake.

It will probably take you over a week to canoe Babine Lake. You can put in and take out at many places along the lake, including Smithers Landing and Pendleton Bay Provincial Park. Boaters can hug and explore the extensive shoreline of this huge lake, but be cautious, as the weather can change rapidly.

Babine Lake is an angler's paradise, and is filled with huge fish. Rainbow trout grow as big as 5.5 kg, while char (lake trout) range up to 9 kg. Anglers will enjoy the challenge of fishing for rainbow trout, char and cutthroat trout in the wilderness area of Babine Lake. Flyfishing and trolling yield superb results.

For detailed recreation maps, contact the Lakes Forest District Office, (250) 692-2200, and the Morice Forest District Office, (250) 845-6200. The resort located on Babine Lake provides boat rentals, bait, licences and fishing tackle. Pendleton Bay Marine Provincial Park (37 hectares)
This is a quiet campsite in a natural setting on the southwest shore of Babine Lake, about 45 kilometres north of Burns Lake. The boat launch provides easy access to Babine Lake for travellers visiting the community of Burns Lake.

Camping at Pendleton Bay Provincial Park is primitive; consequently, there are no fees charged for the 20 vehicle/tent sites. Reservations are not accepted at this park; all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis. As this is a user-maintained site, please pack out everything you bring in.

Smithers Landing Marine Provincial Park (2 hectares)
Campsites nestled along the lakeshore make this a scenic camping spot, located 66 kilometres northeast of Smithers on Babine Lake Road. Smithers Landing Marine Provincial Park is ideal for those wanting a slower pace. A great area for fishing and boating, and the most northerly of the parks on Babine Lake.

There are 6 primitive campsites and very little development past the boat launch. Reservations are not accepted at this park, all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Red Bluff Provincial Park (148 hectares)
Located on the massive Babine Lake, Red Bluff Provincial Park is named for iron-stained cliffs that plunge almost perpendicularly into Babine. The popular park is a pleasant spot to pull out the picnic basket, and after lunch you can sunbathe or go for a swim in Babine Lake.

A trail system of scenic walking trails leads to sweeping views of big Babine Lake, with opportunities for viewing wildlife. Black bear and moose are especially abundant. Varied waterfowl, including Sora Rail, inhabit the lake and marshes.

Red Bluff Provincial Park provides 27 vehicle/tent campsites. Facilities provided include a boat launch, pit toilets, firewood and water. The campground is open from May to September and fees are collected during this time. Reservations are not accepted at this park; all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The salmon enhancement project at the nearby Fulton River Hatchery on Fulton River and Pinkut Creek is also well worth visiting.

Red Bluff Provincial Park is located on Babine Lake near the community of Granisle, 28 miles (45 km) north of Topley (on Hwy 16) on the paved Granisle Highway.

Topley Landing Provincial Park (12 hectares)
The day-use and picnic area of Topley Landing Provincial Park is located near the community of Topley Landing, on the western shore of Babine Lake, north of Topley (on Hwy 16) on the paved Granisle Highway.

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