Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC ensures participants have lake access

Whether it is being used to launch a kayak or canoe, or simply dropping a fishing line into Prospect Lake, the dock is a vibrant activity point. Easy access to the water is a new experience for many participants, one that Power To Be is proud to offer.

“We didn’t have accessible waterfront access for mobility issues in general” says Jason Cole, Power To Be Director of Programs. “This dock allows us to facilitate first-time experiences with water activities for many of our participants. Providing them with the safety and security needed to become more comfortable with exploring their abilities on the water.”

Providing funding for the dock, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s mandate is to enhance and conserve B.C.’s freshwater fisheries for the public’s benefit. Supporting dock access for participants is a way for the society to ensure individuals living with barriers will have access to safe and secure experiences on the water when visiting Prospect Lake, says Adrian Clarke, Vice President of Science with Freshwater Fisheries.

Building on the partnership between the two nonprofits, Power To Be staff participated in the Freshwater Fisheries Learn to Fish program, focusing on proper fish handling, safety, ethics, and conservation of the environment. Ensuring the lake is stocked, two program facilitators also had the opportunity to help release 1,800 “catchable size” Rainbow Trout into Prospect Lake.

Thanks to the nonprofit Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the addition of this accessible dock is continuously transforming experiences had with water activities for Power To Be participants, volunteers and staff members.

Get out there: Public lake access

Whitehead Park

This community park sits at the north end of Prospect Lake and provides access to the water with a wharf, carry-in boat launch and beach. There is a playground and the park is easily accessible from the parking lots off Prospect Lake Road and Goward Road. There are seasonal washrooms that are generally open May through November. Learn more.

Estelline Park

This small park is located on the west side of Prospect Lake, adjacent to the larger South Prospect Lake Park. The park features open green space, opportunities for bird watching and views of the lake. Despite having limited parking, there is a carry-in boat launch, popular with anglers and recreational boaters. Learn more.

South Prospect Lake Park

This large wooded park provides access to Prospect Lake. The main parking lot is located off of Prospect Lake Road with bare earth trails leading to the lake. Learn more.