STAR LAKE TRAIL SYSTEM
HOW TO GET THERE:
To access the Star Lake trail take either 5th Avenue or 8th Avenue from Highway 16. Both avenues will eventually meet up with Gowan Road as 8th Avenue connects to 9th Avnue which loops around connecting to 5th Avenue.
If you take 5th Avenue Gowan Road will be on your right and if you 8th Avenue you must connect to 9th Avenue, turn right and follow it for approximately a half a kilometer where you will see Gowan Road on the left.
Once on Gowan Road continue until you reach Boer Mountain Lookout road, turn left here. Approximately 5 kilometers up Boer Mountain Road, you will find a small parking area on the right, which features the “Star Lake Trail” Trailhead sign.
As you drive along the road, you will come across a large parking area at Kager Lake that has been upgraded to meet the demands of the trail system users. Kager Lake trail is worth checking out as well!
- Length: 6.8 km
- Degree of Difficulty: moderate (to hard on steep sections)
- Condition: narrow, steep in quite a few sections because the trail descends the mountain to get to the lake, visible roots. Trail around lake easy to moderate.
- Access Condition: Paved except for Boer Mountain rd, a dirt road and can be quite muddy in the spring.
- Users: hikers
- Other Activities: camping and fishing on Star Lake, continuing onto the lookout on Boer Mountain.
- Wildlife and Vegetation: The wildlife to be expected is that of the region, bears, moose, deer and lots of birds. Vegetation includes pine and spruce stands along with balsam. Some other plants include three-leaf bramble, and foamflower. The change in elevation and site creates a bit of diversity on the trail.
- Campsites: The point (eastern) on the lake to which the trail leads is used as a camp, but is not managed.
NOTE: The Star Lake Trail has recently been upgraded, and although maintained, is susceptible to blowdown. Star Lake is a small lake that offers an excellent spot for a picnic, possible fishing and swimming.
Precautions should be taken with respect to bear encounters. Make adequate noise when walking as to alert any bears to your presence.