Beaver Lake is a small remote boating, fishing, birding, and canoeing destination lake in the summer located in the back country wilderness forests behind the small community of Winfield, BC in Lake Country. The recreation site is one of many lakes in the area.
The network of lakes in the region all are accessed by a larger network of gravel forest service roads. The same gravel road to Beaver Lake continues to other lakes like Lost Lake, Island Lake, Doreen Lake and Loon Lake.
It is these same gravel roads that become cross country ski, snowmobile and snowshoe routes in the winter months after the snow has fallen. And in the summer atvs and dirt bikes travel the roads to get to and from trails leading even deeper into the forests to more remote lakes not accessible by 4×4 vehicle.
The recreation campground is located on the shores of Beaver Lake. It is a first come first serve campground. The campsites are private, small, on a hill and include picnic tables and fire pits. There are some pit toilets nearby.
In the summer months the campground is busier than others in the area because it is the first one in the chain of lakes. The campground is a pack in-pack out wilderness site. Self maintenance is key, so please be clean and respect each other. Be early for a camping spot.
There is a small area on the shoreline set aside for a boat launch. The shoreline is often lined with small boats and canoes. Beaver Lake is the attraction here for many. Trolling and fly fishing for stocked Rainbow Trout is the prize for most. In the winter, some arrive at the lake by snowmobile to ice fish.
Be advised the shoreline is very small and there is no real beach area. But it does provide a complete view of Beaver Lake and an opportunity for birdwatching. On our visit we spotted birds on the lake like loons and herons.
The access road to the campground is downhill, narrow and very rough. The turn around at the bottom is not RV friendly. Large vehicles do not attempt to access this campground or boat launch.
When traveling the gravel roads, always be aware of oncoming vehicles as dust limits visibility and rocks fly. Slow down as many corners are blind corners. Keep your head up for free range cows which sometimes decide to graze on the road. Always have headlights on when traveling the gravel forest service roads during, both, day and night.
How to Get to Beaver Lake Recreation Site: Travel Highway #97 north of Kelowna, BC to the community of Winfield in Lake Country. From the highway in Winfield turn east on Beaver Lake Road. Continue driving straight. The paved road turns to gravel. Continue down the gravel road for 16 kilometres (9 mi.) following switchbacks leading to a resort.
Prior to the resort is a gravel road to the left. Take this gravel road over a bridge to the campsite. Look for a small access road on the right to the recreation site. It is narrow, down hill and rough. No large vehicles. There is parking available on the main gravel road prior to the entrance and you can walk down.