If you’re heading through the 70 Mile area, be sure to stop off and witness one of the Cariboo’s most notable natural wonders. Green Lake is aptly named for the naturally occurring chemical composition of the water, which creates its distinctive greenish hue. Green Lake is one of the largest bodies of water in the South Cariboo, measuring in at approximately 14 kilometres long with a shoreline of approximately 57 kilometres, making it the perfect place for a wide range of activities, on and off the water. The area itself is a popular vacation spot and features numerous ranches and resorts. It’s also a beautiful place to stop for a picnic lunch whilst driving through – but we can’t promise you won’t be tempted to set up camp and stay for longer!
Things To Do AT Green Lake
Green Lake is a fantastic place to swim during the summer months. There are several roped off areas of water around the lake for all-day use.The lake itself is quite shallow, which allows for the waters to remain quite warm, even into the fall months. Additionally, the lake is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches that make a wonderful place to relax and dry off after a dip.
For beautiful views, undulating trails and a high chance of spotting some wildlife, look no further. The Green Lake area has an ample amount of trails to suit all ability levels. There is a particularly beautiful self-guided 1km interpretive trail at Sunset View campground, which is a great place to catch a glimpse of osprey, eagles, loons and ducks. As the name suggests, it’s one of the best places to catch the sunset. You are welcome to bring your four-legged friend along, provided they are on a leash in the Provincial Park areas.
The overall size of the lake makes it an excellent place to go boating. Powerboating is extremely popular at Green Lake, and visitors can often be seen water skiing and windsurfing. Boating at Green Lake isn’t all about the extreme sports though – it’s an equally beautiful place to simply take in the view, go fishing or read a good book. There are two boat-launches at both the North and South side of the lake, with parking available at each. Fishing boat rental is available nearby.
For those who find their peace whilst sitting at the shoreline, rod in hand; Green lake hosts an annual restocking program of rainbow trout, which provides good fishing opportunities for any keen angler. Other species that have been sighted include Kokanee, Lake Trout and Brook Trout. Try baiting your rod with a dark flatfish lure and see if anything takes a nibble!
Nestled close to the shores of Green Lake is Graham Dunden Guest Ranch and B&B. This hidden gem offers cozy log cabins and daily horse riding excursions- however you don’t have to be a guest in order to spend some quality time in the saddle. Anyone is welcome to book in for a trail ride, with rates charged by the hour. For a more adventurous experience, the Flying U Ranch offers unsupervised trail rides for its guests. Saddle up and explore the countryside at your own pace.
If you fancy a day away from the water, Tin Cup Greens Golf Course is a family owned golf course located in 70 Mile House, minutes away from Green Lake. The course offers 9 holes situated in the middle of beautiful Cariboo country. They are typically open from May through to October.
If you’re looking for a winter adventure, look no further. Green Lake Snowmobile Club maintains approximately 80 miles of snowmobile trails which are available to the public year round. There are trails suitable for all abilities.Trail maps can be found online.
Places to Stay:
Green Lake Provincial Park offers the most campsites and a day use area.
The campgrounds are open from mid May until the end of September. It is advisable to make a reservation in advance for the Emerald Bay and Sunset View campgrounds to ensure you get your spot. However, in the event of a spontaneous trip, first-come, first-served sites are also available at these campgrounds, as well as Little Arrowhead campground. All campgrounds are vehicle accessible and have toilets on site.
Air Bnb’s & Hotels:
If camping isn’t your thing, there’s still ways to be able to get a good night’s rest nearby and be one of the first by the lake in the morning. The Wind and the Pillows B&B Resort is a particularly charming place to lay your head. It’s secluded location is right by the waters edge, giving you ample opportunity to spot wildlife during your stay.
For something a little more private, there are a number of beautiful AirBnb’s located around the lake, ranging from cosy log cabins for two up to entire guest houses that will fit the whole family.
Resorts in Green Lake
This rustic lodge incorporates 12 cabins, 8 sites for tents, trailers, and campers, a safe swimming area, row boats, and a small convenience store. Watch Lake also offers trail riding and Rainbow Trout fishing.
Tall Timbers offers a beautiful campground right next to the lake. It also provides several cabins and mobile homes, if that takes your fancy.
This resort has lakefront camping spots that will ensure you have the best views of the sunset. It also has several cabins available.
…is located only a short drive away from the lake, featuring clean and reasonably priced rooms to allow you to rest up, ready for another day of lake adventures. They also have campsites!