Looking for a ‘rustic’ camping experience this spring or summer? Skagit Valley is a truly breathtaking place to spend the day or weekend, and Silver Lake is one of the area’s most beautiful spots to uncover.

A traditional First Nations fishing area, Silver Lake is now a small, undeveloped lakefront park where visitors can enjoy fishing, picnicking, boating, and swimming in crystal-clear waters.

The park is home to a host of other natural features as well, from snowcapped mountains to a forested waterfall flowing into the lake.

If you’re looking for a full day of relaxation outdoors, this is your spot, as the provincial park only has one short 1 km trail following the west side of the lake down an old road bed.

In terms of camping, visitors have 20 reservable front-country sites to choose from, in addition to 25 vehicle-accessible sites, with the campground operating from May 1st to October 14th every year.

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Photo via BC Parks

According to BC Parks, bears are known to be “very active” in this area, so be sure to brush up on your wildlife safety knowledge before your visit!

Note that dogs are not permitted on the beach of Silver Lake.

So there you have it, adventurers. Consider this your reminder to seek out some hidden natural gems this spring and summer!

Silver Lake Park

Where: Skagit Valley, BC