Kawkawa Lake Park is located just 1.5 miles (2.4 km) northeast of Hope, accessed via the Kawkawa Lake Road.
The word Kawkawa is a poetic First Nations term that means ‘much calling of loons.’
Kawkawa Lake Park is in a beautiful forest setting in the Cascade Mountains, with gorgeous mountain views, opportunities for swimming, boating, picnicking and fishing.
Facilities at the park include a large day-use picnic area with flush toilets, a swimming area, grass play area with playground, park benches, picnic tables, and a boat launch with a small dock. There are also two floating rafts with ladders for the kids to swim out to and jump off of.
We set up at a picnic table, the kids hit the water and basically only came out for lunch! They loved being able to swim out and jump off the rafts and started a game where the raft was their island. We spent almost seven hours here and the kids still did not want to leave!
Kawkawa Lake is full of beautiful scenery, I enjoyed the views from the beach and watching the kids having so much fun!
Note: There is a risk of Swimmers Itch here (signs are posted), but if you take a few preventative measures such as; apply a good layer of sunscreen before you swim, ensure you dry off completely afterwards and shower when you get home, you should be okay.
All in all, Kawkawa Lake was a great place for a day trip and we enjoyed taking Highway 1 on the way there, and Scenic Highway 7 on the way home!
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