Harrison Lake is much longer than it appears when you look at it from Harrison Hot Springs, at 60 kilometers long it covers over 200 square kilometers. While it is now a freshwater lake, thousands of years ago it was not a lake at all, but an arm of the sea. It varies in depth from just a few feet to a maximum depth of 279 m. (916 ft.). It supports a rich bio-diversity of both seasonal and permanent animal species including: Cutthroat trout, Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Pink, Chum, Coho, Sockeye, and Chinook Salmon, Sturgeon, Harbor Seals, Canadian Geese, Herons, and too many different types of water fowl to list.
A word of warning it is a large, 60 kilometer long, glacier-fed lake and the water can be very cold. As well, storms can make the lake a dangerous place to be, so exercise caution and common sense. To learn more about water safety and Harrison Lake please go to our Water Safety page.
The view from the lakefront is dominated by Breckenridge Glacier in the distance and by Echo Island , so called because there is a sensational echo on its western flank. The south end of the lake is very shallow, almost out to the island. Beyond that, the depth drops off to more than 900 feet.
Harrison River (18 kilometers) is a short but amazing river. The first designated Salmon Stronghold in Canada, it is the only area in BC to host all five species of salmon and steelhead trout. The salmon habitat in the Harrison Basin is an example of a crucial salmon system that has somehow remained pristine. This abundance of salmon draws in 1000's of Bald Eagles every fall making the Harrison River the 3rd largest gathering place of Bald Eagles in North America.