• Activities:

    Chillin, Camping, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    3.7 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Swimming Hole

Fish Lake in the Top of the World Provincial Park is located in the Kootenay Range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. You'll hike or bike along an easy, well-maintained, and relatively flat trail that leads up from the trailhead to the lake. Campsites or a Cabin are all available at Fish lake ($15/night for cabin, $5/night for camping).

Top of the World Park is located 48 kilometres northeast of the village of Kimberley, access is via White Swan and Lussier Forest Service Roads, and extreme caution must be exercised at all times while travelling these roads. The access route is normally passable from late May until late October.

Via Whiteswan Lake: Turn east off of Highway 93/95, 4.5 kilometres south of Canal Flats. At kilometre 21.3 take the fork to the right (Lussier River Junction). At kilometre 29.6, turn right and cross Coyote Creek. Continue straight at kilometre 30.7, staying on the main road till reaching kilometre 52. The trail begins at this point.

The trail is accessible to bikes, hikers and horses. It follows a small creek as it rises up to the fish lake. Bikes can be ridden up to the last 0.5 mile then its best to store it there and hike the rest. The lake is surrounded by private camping spots and the cabin is very sizable and has an outhouse out back. The waters were quite warm for swimming as early as late June.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • BC Fishing licence (if fishing)
  • Swimsuit
  • Backcountry camping permit (if overnighting)
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Torin Glass

Westcoast born and raised in the rains of Vancouver. As a lover of nature, I strive to enjoy all fresh air whether it be at a neighbourhood park or deep in the backcountry wilderness.

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