Big Bar Lake

Managed by The Swim Guide

BEACH INFO:
Big Bar Lake is located 117 kms (73 miles) northwest of Kamloops amongst a plethora of pine and spruce trees. Due to glaciers melting 10, 000 to 20, 000 years ago, the landscape is peppered with lakes and ponds making it a beautiful destination for many visitors. The lake is a popular location for rainbow trout fishing, but there are many activities to be enjoyed including bird watching, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Nestled around the lake are many provincial campsites (some with boat launches) and the Big Bar Provincial Park that is embedded in Cariboo ranching country on the southern edge of the Fraser Plateau.

The lake features a majestic landscape with an abundance of wildlife that include black bear, moose, lynx, cougar, snowshoe hares, marmots and a very active beaver population.

AMENITIES:
Washrooms, picnic areas, running water, campsites.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
A mix of sun and clouds
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Bar Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Interior Health Authority monitors the water quality at 54 Interior region beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

Interior Health follows the recreational water quality criteria recommended by the the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. One sample is collected per beach per week. The geometric mean for each beach is calculated from the 5 most recent samples.
Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. The single sample criteria is 400 E.Coli/100ML. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or the single sample result exceed 400 E.coli/100 ML, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach. Results are communicated on the Interior Health Authority website (https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/RecreationalWater/Pages/default.aspx). To ensure consistency, Fraser Riverkeeper calculates the geometric mean result for the Interior Health samples. We update Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Interior region beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from based results collected by either the beach owner (local beach owners conduct their own beach testing and provide the sampling results to Interior Health) or Interior Health.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean is equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach can also be marked red when a single sample result is equal to or above 400 E.coli/100ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Big Bar Lake

Managed by The Swim Guide

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on . The Swim Guide updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
11°C
A mix of sun and clouds

BEACH INFO:
Big Bar Lake is located 117 kms (73 miles) northwest of Kamloops amongst a plethora of pine and spruce trees. Due to glaciers melting 10, 000 to 20, 000 years ago, the landscape is peppered with lakes and ponds making it a beautiful destination for many visitors. The lake is a popular location for rainbow trout fishing, but there are many activities to be enjoyed including bird watching, swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Nestled around the lake are many provincial campsites (some with boat launches) and the Big Bar Provincial Park that is embedded in Cariboo ranching country on the southern edge of the Fraser Plateau.

The lake features a majestic landscape with an abundance of wildlife that include black bear, moose, lynx, cougar, snowshoe hares, marmots and a very active beaver population.

AMENITIES:
Washrooms, picnic areas, running water, campsites.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Big Bar Lake is not sampled

SOURCE INFORMATION

The Interior Health Authority monitors the water quality at 54 Interior region beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September).

Interior Health follows the recreational water quality criteria recommended by the the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. One sample is collected per beach per week. The geometric mean for each beach is calculated from the 5 most recent samples.
Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL. The single sample criteria is 400 E.Coli/100ML. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, or the single sample result exceed 400 E.coli/100 ML, or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach. Results are communicated on the Interior Health Authority website (https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourEnvironment/RecreationalWater/Pages/default.aspx). To ensure consistency, Fraser Riverkeeper calculates the geometric mean result for the Interior Health samples. We update Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Interior region beaches are typically posted on Fridays. Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from based results collected by either the beach owner (local beach owners conduct their own beach testing and provide the sampling results to Interior Health) or Interior Health.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean is equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach can also be marked red when a single sample result is equal to or above 400 E.coli/100ML water.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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