September 20, 2018: Charlie Lake boat launch
is now a car-top launch only
Due to failing facilities, the boat launch at Charlie Lake Park is now a car-top launch only. Boats on trailers will not be able to launch at this location. Alternate boat launches are located at the Rotary Park, on the south end of Charlie Lake, and at Beatton Provincial Park, on the east side of the lake.
About This Park
Charlie Lake Provincial Park is situated on the southwestern shore of 13 km long Charlie Lake. Covering some 92 hectares, the park lies within the rolling landscape of the Interior Plains.
Wander a forested trail or watch children enjoying the play area in the centre of the campground.
Established Date: May 20, 1964
Park Size: 176 hectares
All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Conservation: Aspen is the dominant forest cover mixed with stands of birch, alder, lodgepole pine and spruce, and an understudy consisting mainly of Saskatoon berry bushes, soopolalie, flat-top spirea, waxberry and squashberry. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
Wildlife: Wildlife is not prevalent in the park although large mammals such as moose, White-tailed deer, Mule deer and Black bear are fairly common throughout the area. Squirrels, chipmunks, beaver, Snowshoe hares and muskrat are more likely to be seen. Birds of the open woodlands are abundant in summer with species like the Northern Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ovenbird, American Redstart and White-throated sparrow much in evidence. Waterfowl are frequent visitors to the lake and shoreline and a walk through the park will often rouse a Sharp-tailed or Ruffed grouse. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
Canoes and kayaks are welcome. No rentals located at the park.
Biking is only permitted on designated roads and trails within the park.
The lake offers productive fishing for northern pike and walleye. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Miscellaneous walking trails connect the campground and day-use area. For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroy plant life and soil structure.
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.
There are swimming opportunities. There are no lifeguards at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a car-top boat launch in the day-use area.
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.
Cold water is available for cooking and drinking, pressure water system, taps throughout campsite. Taps are shut off during the off season.
The day-use picnic area includes an adventure playground, large grass field, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits, parking spaces for 40 vehicles and boat launch facilities.
Group Picnicking Fee: $35.00 per group
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit/dry toilets only available. No flush toilets at this park.
An adventure playground is located in the day-use area.
Sani-station/dump is located in park near the campground entrance.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Long stay camping
Full Season. Please contact the Park Operator for information and to book one of these sites.