Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park
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MissingCubaAlready
Vancouver, Canada161 contributions
Jun 2020
Very well organized campground. I had a reservation and when I arrived my site # was posted on a list at the entry. Site was clean and manicured (empty fire pit, smooth gravel). Very large space with ample tree coverage and privacy. Hiking trail signage is well marked and the dog friendly beach to the lake was a plus! Will definitely camp here again :)
Written July 1, 2020
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Rusty R
Squamish, Canada40 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
A great provincial park, good campgrounds with basic amenities (water, outhouses, firewood for sale) and nice camping sites in a fairly heavily forested area.
The lake has excellent fishing--be sure you have a sport fishing license--swimming beaches and picnic areas.
The campgrounds are very popular so book ahead especially for summer weekends. If it is a long weekend best to arrive Thursday especially if you are aiming for a FCFS (First Come, First Serve) non-eservable site.
There are several nice hiking trails in the park.
D'Arcy is the nearest town with telephone, cafe and Anderson Lake (also excellent fishing). There is no cellular service, the nearest signal is about 25 km away on the road to Pemberton. The turn-off to the lake is about 34.4 km from Mt. Currie along Portage Road towards D'Arcy (Mt. Currie is 6 km past Pemberton which is 32 km past Whistler. It is about 14 km to the Lake and Campgrounds from the turn-off, most of the way on a maintained gravel road.
Written September 24, 2012
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Vancouverite67
Vancouver, Canada44,081 contributions
Jul 2013 • Family
It can be difficult to find a good campground within reach of Vancouver. I hesitate to even write this review, because I think I want to keep this place to myself! It is basic, so this isn't for campers who need all the mod cons. No power, pit toilets. But they do have canoe rentals on the lake, and quite reasonably priced too. Lake is beautiful, but cold, so if you are hoping to wash in the lake during your stay, you'll have to be pretty hardy. However, the community centre in Pemberton does have public showers for $3.50, so you can grab a shower if you go into town for supplies. Staff were great. Our dog was just crazy happy at the dog off leash end of the beach, which was very popular with other dogs. This made having a picnic a bit challenging with all the dogs sniffing around, but its clearly marked as a dog area so that's what you you get. The largest section of beach is closed to dogs, so you can easily escape them. D'Arcy has a very small store for minimal basic supplies. Nearest main centre is Pemberton.
Written July 10, 2013
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ccullen2016
Vancouver, Canada6 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
We just got back from Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park campground -- my husband and I and our two teenage kids -- and while the lake and setting are stunning, this was not the camping experience we were expecting or hoping for.

Large campground, 99% filled with families with small children. Pick-up trucks and large campers abound, kids riding around the site on bikes, and every possible camping doo-dad and lake-front flotation device you could pick-up at Canadian Tire or Costco is on display.

Campground itself is spotlessly clean and yet devoid of any character or interesting features: every site is pretty much the same, set up on a grid, all set in the trees with no view of the lake or creek, with identical bolted down picnic table and fire-pit.

Very clean pit toilets, garbage and water taps were definitely appreciated.

And yet...I found myself longing for something a little more "rough around the edges", with some character.

The warning about bear sightings helped up the "wilderness" experience but otherwise I felt we were in a generic lake-side motel, minus the walls.

Since the sites themselves are boring and utilitarian, everyone gravitates to the lake-front which was very crowded on this particular weekend with campers as well as day-visitors. People in-the-know stake out their spot on the beach early or even the night before.

The water is super-cold, as others have mentioned, so only the very intrepid go in.

Sea-doos and motor boats are around, although not crazy -- fishing is certainly of interest and while we did not try our luck, others were definitely catching a trout or two both off the dock and from boats.

We did try to book a canoe which got messed up -- not enough canoes and a poor communication system with staff meant no one met us for our 10am booking so we never got to go canoeing ...which was one of the main reasons I booked this campground in the first place.

On the positive side -- clean, very clean. The abundance of young families meant early bed-times so no late night "canned music" or partying which was good.

And we went on two lovely short hikes: one up behind the campground which provided amazing views, and the lake-side loop which went along the edge of the lake, through old-growth forest and passed some very nice small beach areas that we returned to later to escape the crowds -- this was the highlight for sure. Met only a few people on each of the hikes.

I feel this is a great, "safe and sanitized" car-camping spot for families with young kids, with little to offer someone looking for more of an interesting wilderness experience.

Glad we went, as we discovered other areas nearby - there are many places to explore in the Pemberton/ Lillouet/ Birkenhead area depending on what you are interested in.
Written August 28, 2017
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deanguest
Vancouver, Canada269 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Spent another 3 nights here and love this place.

It's quiet. Sites are perfectly maintained.

It's managed by a private contractor and the people love their job and the park.

There was a campfire ban so that part was disappointing.

But the beach was so amazing. Check the pics.
Written August 26, 2015
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Brandy H
Hillsboro, Oregon, United States10 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
We camped here for three nights mid-week and enjoyed the quiet of the campground and the park. The scenery is absolutely beautiful and the beach was quite nice. The water is cold, but it felt good as the afternoons were hot. The only downside was a lack of good trails. There are basically two trails - one goes up to the goat lookout and was a nice hike with scenic views. The other was a forest walk with many small streams and a couple of larger creeks to cross (the larger ones with log bridges), but hardly any view other than the dense forest. If you like quiet, mid-week was a great time to go. The campsites are generally private with lots of trees. Flush toilets would be nice, but not a necessity. A few more good hiking trails would make this a 5 star location.
Written August 13, 2013
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Cliffordbar
50 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
The provincial park is beautiful but the staff really ruined it for me and my family. I thought the park operators were power tripping until I met the "manager" who put a new definition to the phrase. It was similar to the bad experience we had last year at Alice Lake provincial park courtisy of the condecending Brittany and Justin.
I was going to plan another trip here later in the summer. But I don't think I will ever come back. Congradulations sea to sky parks you have ruined another provincial park for my. Happy they don't opperate all bc parks.
Written June 20, 2018
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Hepple W
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
The drive is easy from Vancouver, and the campground is well maintained. We went in Late August, and even though full fire Ban was in place, had a tremendous time. The sites are large, and the facilities clean. The Lake is stunning and has amazing views of the mountains. the water was refreshing and easy to swim in. The dock, canoes, were in great shape, and the park rangers made renting one really easy. If you are looking to get out of the bustle of Vancouver, and not be to close to the city, I highly recommend this provincial park. Hiking, photography, outdoors, and of course the proximity to the city are all wonderful.
Written January 26, 2016
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deanguest
Vancouver, Canada269 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
Camped here for a few days in August and was totally surprised at how awesome it was.

Here is what I liked

1) great campsites, level and really well maintained
2) great access points to lake
3) great boat launch
4) great park staff
5) well priced canoe rentals
6) amazing beach and beautiful water

Definitely recommend bring bikes and good hiking shoes for the trails.

There is no cell coverage so be prepared to disconnect.
Written August 29, 2014
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BeachBugger
Vancouver, Canada33 contributions
Aug 2019
Birkenhead is a great lake and campsite. But right now there is a huge mice problem. They are getting into vehicles and trailers, leaving their droppings in and on everything.

We had a group of 40 or so people with 10 sites and everyone was sent home early as all our food was ransacked in our vehicles by the mice. Sad too, because this was one of our favourite spots.
Written September 3, 2019
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