Lac La Hache

Recreation is alive in this Cariboo campsite

Lac La Hache Provincial Park

Lac La Hache Provincial Park

Set amongst a Douglas-fir forest that shades campers from the hot summer sun, Lac La Hache Park is located on Highway 97, 12 km north of the community of Lac La Hache. It has 83 campsites, a sani-station and a self-guided nature trail. The day use area is located across Highway 97 on the shore of Lac La Hache and has an adventure playground, picnic shelter, boat launch, developed beach, and change-house.

Lac La Hache, also known as Axe Lake, is one of the most popular recreation lakes in the Cariboo. There are many stories to explain how the lake was named; according to one, it gained its name when a trapper lost his only axe when chopping a hole in the frozen lake.

This area is rich in tales of fur traders, gold seekers and cattle ranchers. By the 1860’s, gold fever was running high, as miners searched for the motherlode first near Likely, and later at Barkerville. With teams of horses, mules and oxen, the fortune-seekers plodded north along the Cariboo Wagon Road skirting the eastern shores of Lac La Hache.

Year round angling for kokanee and lake trout, as well as rainbow trout and burbot during the summer months, make this an excellent fishing lake. However, the lake is also a popular place for power-boating and water-skiing.