Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Visitor Information Adams is a large lake, and subject to gusts of strong wind. Note that there are few pullouts available during the high water of May and June.

Bring your own water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
E-mail: parkinquiries@telus.net
Phone: 250 320-9305

Adams Lake (Bush Creek Site) Provincial Park

About This Park

Adams Lake (Bush Creek Site) Provincial Park A pleasant beach area with lightly forested upland, Adams Lake (Bush Creek Site) provincial park is popular for fishing and boating. As few facilities are available, visitors should be self-sufficient campers.

See also Adams Lake Marine Park - Spillman Beach, or Poplar Point.

Park Size: 56 hectares

Special Notes:
  • The nearest telephone is located at Adams Lake Store, approximately 5 km from the park.
  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in provincial parks, except within your campsite.
  • Adams Lake West Forest Service Road frequently has heavy logging truck traffic. Use caution on this road and yield to logging trucks.
  • Please help to prevent the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil by removing all weeds from your boat and motor before launching and after removing from the lake.
  • All boaters - please read the Greywater Discharges Banned from Vessels in BC's Inland Waters. [PDF 160.5KB]
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
May 13 – September 15
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 13 – September 15
The gates are closed in the off-season and camping is not permitted
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
Walk-in campsites
27
4
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Not applicable
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. The park is located on the southwestern shores of Adams Lake. 15 km of paved and gravel road from Hwy #1 at Squilax, east of Kamloops, 30 km north of Chase. Take the Holding/Adams Lake West Road off the Squilax-Anglemont Road. The closest communities, towns and cities to this park are: Scotch Creek, Sorrento, Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Chase.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The area was established as a Recreation Area in 1988. It was designated as a park in 1997 as a result of the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage: The park has a number of known archaeological sites.
  • Conservation: The park protects beaches and shoreline on Adams Lake as well as mixed forests of aspen, birch, willow, Douglas-fir and cedar.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking at this park.
Cycling

Cycling

Cycling is permitted only on public and park roads. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is popular at Adams Lake for kokanee and rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Access to the Park is closed after snowfall accumulations are deep enough to make the road unsafe.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving opportunities in Adams Lake.
Swimming

Swimming

At the campground there is a natural sand/pebble beach on Adams Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There is no roped off swimming area.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Adams Lake has waterskiing opportunities. Adams Lake is a very large lake and it’s water conditions can change quickly. Be aware of the weather and water conditions before waterskiing. There are no motor size restrictions on Adams Lake.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are great viewing opportunities of Adams Lake from the Adams Lake West Road.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

Adams Lake can get strong winds great for windsurfing.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is an undeveloped gravel boat-launching area. There is a small parking area for vehicles/boat trailers at the bottom of the entrance road before the camping area. Please check with the Park Operator before parking any vehicles/trailers in the parking area. Please note vehicles are prohibited from parking on any roadways within the park.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible, very rustic campsites (fire rings only) on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsite reservations are not accepted. Campsites are suitable for campers and small trailers only. There are no pull-through campsites. All sites are shaded. There is no gatehouse at this park. There is limited parking for extra vehicles. The park may be accessible earlier and later depending on weather and snow-load. The gates are closed in the off season and camping is not permitted. Self registration – please choose a site and self register at pay station.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $13.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $6.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.