DescriptionA family destination since 1950, Wasa Lake Provincial Park offers the warmest waters of the Kootenay Rockies. Centrally located, this park provides access to many area landmarks and activities, from the 8 kilometre (5 mi) accessible biking/walking trail circling Wasa Lake and the challenging 33 kilometre (20 mi) mountain bike loop around Lazy Lake, to world-class golf courses and area attractions such as Fort Steele Heritage Town.
The Park is open year-round unless inaccessible due to weather conditions and the campground is open from May to mid-September. This park has four day-use/picnic areas including 45 picnic sites. Campers Beach located across from the campground has a pit toilet, change house, picnic tables, sandy beach and a grassed area. Horseshoe Beach located 2 km north of the campground also has picnic tables, sandy beach, grassed area and a flush toilet building.
Adjacent is Petes Beach day use area that has picnic tables, grassed area, a pebbly beach and one pit toilet. At the very north end of the lake is another day use area, Main Beach which has a large sandy beach, grassed area, picnic tables, paved parking, two pit toilets and a swimming dock. Three of the day use areas are open all year.
In addition to being a popular recreational spot, the park protects several threatened fire-based ecosystmes. It includes a portion of North American's most northern Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir forest type, and an important representative of Bluebunch wheatgrass meadows, which provide habitat for a wide range of animals, from mice to birds and elk to coyotes.
The campground has 104 vehicle/tent campsites, 55 sites are reservable. Other amenities includes a developed beach, boat ramp, adventure playground, amphitheatre and self-guided interpretive trail.