Avery Road Lake Access


As the temperatures are fluctuating just above and below freezing, ice is beginning to form and is very thin and unpredictable across the region, including St. Mary Lake.
It is critical that the public use extreme caution and stay off local lakes and waterways until we've had a sustained cold snap.
Even then, it is important to test ice thickness when entering an ice-covered lake or water body and to remember ice thickness can vary across a lake or water body. It is recommended all recreationalists planning to venture out onto the also carry Ice Picks and know the basics of self-rescue. 

The Canadian Red Cross recommends ice be a minimum of 5” thick before it is safe to skate on or 7” for groups of people. Ice that is either blue or black is strongest and any ice that is opaque or white may not be safe to walk on, even if it is 5" thick. To learn more or access more ice safety tips, CLICK HERE.

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Avery Road Public Access is located just off Avery Road midway along the north side of St. Mary Lake and was created as an Area E Park in 2012.


Civic Address: 3330 Avery Road

Going north from Marysville on Highway 95A turn left onto St Mary Lake Road (just past CARSTAR Signal Collision) Follow St. Mary Lake Road for 18 km. Turn left onto Avery Road follow for 100 m to the parking area. 


The amenities at Avery Road Lake Access include parking, lake access trail, small launch area for non-motorized boats and a bench. Seasonal portable toilet

Seasonal Hours

This access is maintained from spring to fall annually. 

Park Etiquette
  • No alcohol or cannabis
  • Limit your stay to daylight hours only (no overnight camping)
  • Park in a manner that doesn’t restrict road or trail access
  • Pack out all garbage with you
  • Swim at your own risk (there is no Lifeguard on duty)
  • No campfires

If you have additional questions, or to report any issues you can contact the Environmental Services Department at 250-489-6900 or email environmentalservicesdept@rdek.bc.ca.



Last edited: Fri, December 01, 2023 - 5:16:06