Columbia River Valley
is the premier attraction at Premier
Lake Provincial Park, located at the north end of Premier Ridge
in the Hughes Range of the Rockies. Premier Lake and three other,
smaller lakes offer great angling for trout - rainbow, eastern brook,
and Gerrard rainbow (Gerrard giants).
The Kootenay Fish Hatchery collects trout eggs from these lakes,
and the Fish and Wildlife Branch has a fish trap here with an interpretive
display. Take Highway 95 for 28 miles (45 km) northeast from Kimberley;
access to the park is from Skookumchuk,
along a 9-mile (15-km) gravel road.
Abundant fish populations of Whiteswan and Alces Lakes, both
wholly in Whiteswan
Lake Provincial Park, led to the establishment of this semi-wilderness
park. Both lakes are managed for high-yield fisheries. Rainbow trout
have been stocked in the lakes since 1961, with annual releases of
about 30,000 fingerlings. Steps taken to make the fishery self-supporting
include improvements to the spawning channel, prohibiting motorboats
on Alces Lake, and restricting angling to fly-fishing only.
Boat ramps are located at Whiteswan Lake beside the Packrat Point
and Home Basin Campgrounds. Car-top boats can be launched at the Alces
Lake Campground. To find the park, head 12 miles (20 km) east of Hwy
93/95, south of Canal Flats
on a rough road.
Windermere Lake in Invermere has good trout fishing. You'll
find a boat launch at James
Chabot Provincial Park, 2 miles (3 km) west of Hwy 93 at Invermere.