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Williams Lake is a six-kilometre-long body of water located on the eastern boundary of the interior city with the same name.

It is fed by the San Jose River at its east end and drains into the mighty Fraser River via a small tributary. The lake is open to fishing and hosts many species including trout, char, kokanee salmon and whitefish.

Although there is development along much of the shoreline, the lake boasts great views of tree-covered rolling hills surrounding the water. Scout Island Park serves as the main entrance to the lake and has a nature centre that showcases the best of what the area offers.

Scout Island Park consists of two islands connected to the west side of Williams Lake by a causeway. There is a marshy area around it that’s excellent for bird watching and the remainder of the lake has a number of sand and gravel beaches. Even though the lake backs onto the city, it’s home to variety of wildlife such as moose, deer, swans, cranes, and blue heron. White pelicans are regularly spotted here too.

Quick Facts

Length: 6 km
Season: Summer/Fall
Style: Flatwater
Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
Access: No to limited cell service
Experiences: Canoe/Kayak/SUP

Gear & Safety

Paddlers should carry the usual safety gear and be aware not to approach any wildlife.

Willliams Lake

  1. Scout Island Boat Launch
  2. Williams Lake Stampede Campground
  3. Williams Lake Visitor Centre
  4. Williams Lake Rest Stop – Picnic tables and toilets available

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