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Location: The Lake is located along Highway 93 and 95, between the centres of Canal Flats and Fairmont Hot Springs.

Columbia Lake Provincial Park is used in summer by windsurfers, paddlers (canoeists and kayakers), and motorized water craft. The 2,758 hectare lake is the largest warm water lake (18C in July) in the East Kootenay. Approximately 3 km of undeveloped beach area allows for non-consumptive recreation opportunities (wildlife viewing, paddling, nature appreciation). Fishing on Columbia Lake is popular year round (favoured sport fish are mountain whitefish, burbot, kokanee, rainbow trout, bull trout and cutthroat trout). The wetland/marsh component of the park offers excellent opportunities for nature appreciation, viewing and photography. The upland areas are largely pristine and provide a panorama of exceptional scenic value, particularly east towards the Rocky Mountains. Hiking and mountain biking are also common in the upper grasslands on derelict logging roads and along the park access road.

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If you would like to have your business listed, please Click Here. This lake that lies in the Rocky Mountain Trench plays a very important role in the water drainage system of the region. The source of the Columbia River is Columbia Lake. For approximately 100 km (60 mi.) both the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers run parallel and when they reach Canal Flats at the south end of Columbia Lake the two rivers are less than 2 km (1.2 mi.) apart. The Columbia River from its source flows north while the Kootenay River continues flowing south. Eroded rock formations called the Dutch Creek hoodoos can be seen above the south end of Columbia Lake and there are pulloffs spots near the Dutch Creek bridge. Columbia Lake is a great place for fishing and swimming. It is well used as a put-in site for persons planning to canoe or kayak the Columbia River.

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Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.

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