Boating Williston Lake in Northern BC

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  • Williston Lake in the Peace River Alaska Highway region of Northern British Columbia, is the largest lake in the province. This man made lake was created when the large hydro electric project, the W.A.C. Bennett Dam was built in 1968. Williston Lake, is the dam reservoir, and is in part three different rivers, the Peace, Parsnip and Findlay. The lake covers an area of 250 km (155 mi.) in the Rocky Mountain Trench, providing hours of pleasure to boaters and fishing enthusiasts.

    The town of Mackenzie is the access point to the Parsnip Reach while the town of Hudson's Hope is the access point to the Peace Reach of the lake. Experienced boaters can enjoy good fishing in these two reaches and the open waters of Williston Lake. Use extreme caution when boating here, as sudden strong winds can create high waves and there is floating debris from the flooded lake bottom. Wildlife, such as deer and Stone's Sheep are often seen roaming this region.

    Visit the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, where the visitor centre offers free scheduled underground tours. See the fossil collection at the Hudson's Hope Museum. Dunlevy Provincial Park, at the east end of Williston Lake offers a picnic and day use area, with boat ramp and pit toilets. There are municipal and private camping sites at both Mackenzie and Hudson's Hope. Boating, swimming, water skiing, fishing, photography and exploring are all activities that can be enjoyed on Williston Lake and surrounding area.

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