Eagles Lake is a small, hidden swimming hole. If you didn’t know better, you’d expect to find a rope swing with a tire at the end hanging over the water. The lake is surrounded by cedar with an undergrowth of salal and Himalayan blackberries, providing habitat for wildlife such as the great-horned owl, Steller’s jay, black tailed deer, and American mink.
Eagles Lake Park is one of only two municipal parks in the District of Highlands and is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon with the kids, although parking is limited. The eastern side of the park borders a BC Hydro right-of-way, which is often used to access Mount Work Regional Park.
One of the park’s unique features is a composting toilet that was built by volunteers of the Highlands Parks and Recreation Association and Eco- Sense. This luxury outhouse features walls made of clay, sand, and straw; a living roof; and even a time capsule within its walls. It was built to last for 500 years.
Eagles Lake itself is unique among its peers as it is young compared to other lakes nearby. While most lakes in the highlands were created by pioneers through the construction of dams in the late 1800s or early 1900s, Eagles Lake was created in 1976 through the removal of a spring-fed wetland – much of which can still be seen beyond the lake on the east side of the park.
Creeks & Watershed
Water enters Eagles Lake via a creek labelled on some sources as Munn Creek and others as Craigflower Creek, as well as groundwater. The lake’s primary outflow is Craigflower Creek on the eastern side, which passes through Pike Lake before draining into Portage Inlet (the northern end of the Gorge Waterway).
Eagles Lake was not named after the birds circling above, as one might expect. The lake was actually named after civil servant Frank Eagles, who served in the 1960s. Eagles are present in the area however, so you may see one while visiting!
For trail maps, access information, and much more, get your copy of the Lakes of Victoria, BC guidebook.