Park at the Horseshoe Lake parking lot on the east side of the
approximately 25kms south of Jasper in Jasper National Park.
Near the edge of the
parking lot you'll find a well worn
trail that leads to the southern
end of the lake. Named after it's
shape, Horse Shoe Lake is crystal
beautiful green turquoise color. This
lake is the best
natural swimming hole in the area however the water is extremely cold,
you'll need a hot day to enjoy a dip.
There are several cliffs that the
locals jump and dive off of. You can
continue on as the
trail follows the lakeshore. It
disappears wherever there are
rock ledges and slabs next to the
lake. There is also a small boat craft launch
that is perfect for canoes and
kayaks. The lake is good for Rainbow
trout fishing, you'll need a
license to try your luck.
The water is so clear you can see
the fish swimming in and out of the
underwater ledges. Fly fisherman
with belly boats will love this
lake. The marsh near the start of
the trail is full of wildflowers.
Horseshoe Lake is an excellent spot
for a picnic or to waste a hot
summers day away.
Local campgrounds include
Whistlers. There are several hiking trails,
Miette Hot Springs,
Punch Bowl Falls,
Athabasca Falls are all
located in this area.
You are in bear country.