Off the beaten track, you’ll find tree-bordered Allison Lake, a great spot for swimmers and those who love to fish. The park is known for its spectacular stands of aspen that burst into golden colours in the fall.
This is a great overnight spot when travelling between Merritt and Princeton.
Date Established: July 26, 1960
Park Size: 23 hectares.
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
June 9 – September 10
(gate is closed during off-season)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:
June 9 – September 10
Campground Reservable Dates:
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all sites are first-come, first-served)
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.
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 relatively small size of Allison Lake allows for safe, enjoyable paddling, canoeing and kayaking, though there are no rentals in or near the park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Allison Lake is stocked with 15,000 Blackwater rainbow trout raised at
the Summerland Trout Hatchery. There are no special restrictions on the
lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming opportunities are available at the park but there are no lifeguards on duty.
There is potential for water skiing on Allison Lake.
Facilities Available at this Park
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.
Two cold water taps are located in the campground. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
The day-use area is found on the southern shore of Allison Lake, across Highway 5A from the campground. There are 10 tables spread out on the non-irrigated lawns. Two pit toilets and one tap are found there. The beach is fine white sand and varies in size with the fluctuating lake levels. When water levels are low, motor vehicles are prohibited from driving on the exposed beach.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets. There are three pit toilets in the campground and two in the day-use area.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park has gravel sites, one of which is a double. There are no pull through sites or tent pads. The sites are shaded by mature Douglas fir trees and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A self-registration vault is present for payment when staff are not available.
The closest store is in Princeton, 28km south of the campground, and there is no phone in the park.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.