“a painted turtle's paradise”
White Lake Provincial Park is situated on the north shore of White Lake. It has a reputation for excellent recreational rainbow trout fishing – it is one of the top three angling lakes in the province in terms of angler days. White Lake is popular for fly fishing and trolling in the summer, and also for ice fishing during the winter. Facilities for camping and boat launching are limited – there are two pit toilets, a gravel boat launch, and an old picnic shelter. Park Size: 266 hectares Special Notes: Please help to prevent the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil by removing all weeds from your boat and motor before launching and after removing it from the lake. The lakeshore is suffering from extensive damage. Please launch your boat in the main launching area only. The camping area is undeveloped and suited mostly to self-contained truck-and-camper visitors. The nearest public telephone is at Balmoral, 10 km away. Camping is only permitted in the designated campground. Please obey all signs within the park. ATVs are prohibited in White Lake Provincial Park and are not to be operated in the park boundary. Painted Turtles: White Lake is home to the intermountain-Rocky Mountain population of the Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii).The Western Painted Turtle is the only native pond turtle left in British Columbia and therefore makes up an important component of our biodiversity. Painted Turtles typically occupy the shallow water zones of ponds, lakes, sloughs and slow moving streams. You can easily find Painted Turtles basking on partially submerged logs during warm sunny days. During the breeding season pregnant female turtles leave their aquatic environment in search of loose, warm, well-drained soils, typically south facing. These movements typically occur in late afternoon periods and during the onset of dusk. In spite of being our only native turtle, the Province of British Columbia classifies the Western Painted Turtle as vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss and degradation and through collision with automobiles during the nesting season. In consideration for the well being of the Western Painted Turtle we ask for your cooperation and that you adhere to the following rules: When driving on roads during the breeding period (May/June) we ask you to be extra vigilant and slow down to avoid accidently hitting turtles Please keep pets on a leash Please use the designated boat launch for lake access Please camp within designated spots Do not touch or move Painted Turtles Do not disturb shoreline habitat
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