Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park

Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park (103 vehicle/tent sites, including 9 double sites) is somewhat more remote, an hour’s drive north of Mount Currie near D’Arcy. It also has mountain-biking trails and paddling and fishing options on the lake. The gravelled Blackwater Forest Service Road leads 10.5 miles (17 km) west from the D’Arcy-Anderson Lake Road to Birkenhead Lake. The park has a wilderness camping area situated 1.2 miles (2 km) from the vehicle/tent sites at the northwest corner of the lake. You can either walk to it along a pleasant trail, or paddle in from the boat launch. (Watch for a large red marker affixed to one of the sturdy trees that surround the wilderness site, indicating where to land.) This is a delightful, arm’s-length approach to camping at Birkenhead. Both Birkenhead Lake and Nairn Falls Provincial Parks fill up quickly on summer weekends. Signs on the D’Arcy-Anderson Lake Road inform visitors when the Birkenhead campsite is full so that travellers don’t make the 21-mile (34-km) round trip in vain.