Sproat Lake

About the Park

The upper and lower campgrounds and beach are connected by a highway underpass footpath. Walking along the water to a small pier at the eastern end of Sproat Lake allows visitors to view one of the finest panels of ancient First Nations petroglyph's in British Columbia. You are also able to view the gigantic Martin Mars firefighting water bombers.

 

The warm water in Sproat Lake is great for swimming. Most visitors swim near the boat launch in the day-use area and at the lower campground. There are no lifeguards on duty.

 

There is a boat launch available at this park, which is very busy during the summer season. This allows for water skiing, fishing and boating. The lake is ideal for windsurfing.

 

Fresh water fishing in Sproat Lake is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations and is subject to closures. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Specific closures will be posted in the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate fishing license.

 

Picnicking

This park has three large picnic areas located next to the lower campground adjacent to the lake. These picnic sites have fresh water, campfire rings, a large grassy area, pit toilets, showers and flush toilet buildings.

 

Camping

There are two separate campgrounds with vehicle accessible campsites in this park. Campsite reservations are accepted and some first-come first-serve sites are also available.

 

The Lower Campground is located adjacent to the lake but is not forested. The 15 non-serviced sites are located near a flush toilet and shower building.

 

The Upper Campground is located across the highway from the lake. The 44 non-serviced sites are well forested. There are pit toilets and water taps located throughout. The shower building in the lower campground is also available.

 

Group Camping

There is group camping available at Taylor Arm Provincial Park 10 min north of Sproat lake on HWY #4. A fresh water hand pump and pit toilets are located at the group campground. There are three group sites located at Taylor arm. There is a trail that links the campground to the lake via an underpass.

 

Fires

Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings provided that a fire ban is not in effect. Firewood is available for purchase in the park. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. It is illegal to burn wood or material from the forest because it is destructive and damages the protected ecosystems within the park.

 

Location

Sproat Lake Provincial Park is located on Hwy #4 13 km northwest of Port Alberni on central Vancouver Island. The park sits on the north shore of Sproat Lake, and can be reached via Hwy #4. It is about 2 hours from Tofino, Ucluelet and Long Beach.

 

Nearby Parks

Stamp Falls Provincial Park is within a 20 minute drive from the park and is world renowned for fishing and viewing spawning salmon. Cathedral Grove at Macmillan Provincial Park and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial park are about 50 minutes south of Sproat Lake on HWY#4.

 

 

For further information, visit www.bcparks.ca