BC Hydro’s Buntzen Lake Reservoir serves not only as a source of hydroelectric power but is also as an attractive recreation area for public enjoyment.

To add to your enjoyment of the area, BC Hydro provides the following facilities:

  • About 75 picnic tables at South Beach (the main beach), shelter and grass play areas
  • Five large picnic tables at North Beach
  • One large gazebo with 4 picnic tables (no fees and no reservations – first come – first serve)
  • One covered picnic spot with 2 picnic tables
  • Cartop boat and canoe launch areas and dock
  • Wharves at both north and south beaches
  • Hiking, mountain biking, equestrian and nature trails
  • Viewpoints on hiking trails
  • Interpretive displays on the Energy Trail
  • Parking and equestrian staging area
  • Handicapped parking
  • Parking for vehicles with trailers
  • Designated area for dogs
  • 15-minute dog holding area (in case you need to use the restroom)
  • Drinking water
  • Restroom facilities
  • Pay phone by Warden’s office
  • A bike cleaning area by the Warden’s office
  • Lake is stocked with rainbow trout (see Fishing Page)

The south beach is very popular in the summer as seen here…

Busy day on the beach

Large gazebo (no reservations)…Gazebo

Covered picnic tables…Covered Picnic tables

Picnic tables at South Beach…Picnic Tables at South Beach

In the summer, the lake is a great place to cool off. I often stop at north beach when I hike to have a dip. It’s sooooo refreshing !!

Dip in the lake
On nice summer weekends and holidays, the picnic tables are full by 10:30 – so get there fast ! Even on the cooler days, many people take advantage of the picnic tables (north beach and south beach). The photo below was from a nice April day in 2014…


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