DescriptionLocated 60 kilometres (36 mi) northest of Kimberley, south of Fairmont Hot Springs is Premier Lake Provincial Park. Premier Lake is one of the key recreational fishing lakes in the Kootenay Rockies.
The emerald green lakes of Premier and four smaller lakes, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye and Quartz offer a unique and varied fishing experiences. The park also protects lake ecology, especially that of lake trout. Signs along Staples Creek interpret the life cycle of trout and the valued work of the Kootenay Trout Hatchery. Bird and ungulated wildlife viewing opportunities abound and the Douglas Fir and Western Larch vegetation exemplifies the Kootenay Rockies Ecosection.
The boat launch located at the far end of the day use area, is concrete slab with limited moorage at the floats. On the south end of the lake, there is a speed restriction and water skiing or towing is not permitted.
This provincial campground has 57 vehicle/tent campsites, and 10 sites are reservable. Other amenities includes solar bag shower (no bags provided), adventure playground, boat ramp and hiking trails. The day use area at Premier Lake has 6 lakeside picnic tables. You can enjoy a picnic at any of the other four smaller lakes in the park but there are no picnic facilities.
The hiking trails in the park connect Yankee, Canuck and Turtle lakes. They are short loop trails offering easy access for families to these picturesque lakes. The duration of the hike can be between 1.5 to 4 hrs. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. The Park and campground is open year; however, fees are only collected from May to September.