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Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
Located 150 km east of Vancouver in the upper Chilliwack River Valley, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a valley-bottom lake, old-growth forested slopes, and spectacular subalpine and alpine ridges. The sparkling Chilliwack Lake is ideal for motor-boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Forty kilometres of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bird and wildlife viewing, and nature appreciation.
The park also has a playground, and 146 frontcountry campsites. Those seeking a wilderness camping experience can access the backcountry camps located at Greendrop, Lindeman, Flora, and Radium Lakes.
Established Date: July 23, 1973
Park Size: The park covers 9,258 hectares.
Know Before You Go
- Caution: Severe afternoon winds occur frequently on the Lake and dangerous currents exist at the outflow of Chilliwack Lake. Avoid boating and rafting in this area, and plan your trip accordingly.
- Park gates are locked between 11 pm and 8 am daily.
Chilliwack Lake has a 28’ Keystone trailer for rent on a daily* or weekly basis. The trailer can accommodate up to 4 people with a double bed and a double/single bunk bed. Linens (or sleeping bag) will be required.
Bookings are required prior to arrival: phone 604 986-9371.
- Backcountry registration is required for all backcountry campgrounds within Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. Included are Lindeman, Greendrop, Flora and Radium Lakes.
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- There is no cell phone reception past the “On the Way” store on Chilliwack Lake Road. Please make reservations prior to your trip.
- Campground status notifications (eg; campground full) are posted on a park sign outside of the “On The Way Store” on Chilliwack Lake Road. This sign is independent of the store, please don’t contact the store for details about the park.
- ATVs and other off-road vehicles (including those registered under the ORV Act) are not permitted within the park.
- There are no camping and no fires permitted on any lakeshore of Chilliwack Lake; all camping/fires are restricted to designated sites/rings only.
- The Chilliwack Lake boat launch is not suitable for large craft; vessels greater than 20ft in length risk being damaged (at owners expense). “Open headers” are not permitted.
- Boaters, please adhere to a 10km/hr 100m from shoreline and 25km/hr on the remainder of the lake speed restriction.
- Lindeman Lake Parking lot is subject to break-ins. Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle.
- Fires are not permitted in the backcountry.
Location and Maps
Maps and Brochures
Visit the Trail Ventures BC website to purchase your own Chilliwack trail map. (1:40,000)
Nature and Culture
- Cultural Heritage: The Hudson Bay Company cut the first recorded trail up the Chilliwack River in 1855, improving the Indian Trail which joined the nine Indian villages between Vedder Crossing and Chilliwack Lake. Logging in the valley began early in the century, and by the 1920s developed into a considerable railroad logging operation. In 1938 a massive fire was started by a rail accident resulting in the abandoning of the line and truck logging began. In 1942 the army base was established in Chilliwack. Sappers Park at the south end of Chilliwack Lake was built by a visiting British company of military engineers.
- Conservation: Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife.
Activities Available at this Park
CAUTION: dangerous currents exist at the outflow of Chilliwack Lake and several kilometres downstream. Avoid boating and rafting in this area. Strong winds are unpredictable.
The Trans Canada Trail winds through park. See the Trans Canada Trail website for more information: http://trailsbc.ca/trans-canada-trail
For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Hiking and Trail Notices
- South Fraser Trail Conditions Report [PDF] (April 15, 2019) (scroll down to the Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park entry)
- Lindeman Lake Trail: open
- The trail between Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake has experienced washing out and re-routing by the creek near Greendrop Lake. Hikers should follow the square orange markers, and NOT the flagging tape through this area.
- The trail between Greendrop and Flora Lakes has once again grown over and has become difficult to follow. It is not recommended for those without considerable experience in route-finding.
- The Greendrop/Flora Trail crosses several large landslides which requires hikers to scramble over / under / around some large boulders and should only be travelled by experienced backpackers with good footwear.
- Radium Lake Trail: From May-Oct hikers can park in the day-use parking lot and follow the Trans-Canada Trail to the Radium Trail. When the park gate is closed (Oct-May) hikers can park on Chilliwack Lake Road at the end of the pavement (not in front of gate) and follow the park road or Trans Canada Trail in.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Fires are permitted in the designated fire rings in the frontcountry campsites only. Fire restrictions may be in place during times of high forest fire rating.
Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry.
While campfire rings are provided at each frontcountry 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
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 146 sites in four vehicle accessible campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis and campsite reservations are accepted. The sites fill up early for weekends. Check the sign at the “On the Way Store” for full/vacancy status.
The campgrounds are: Lindeman (sites #1-21), Greendrop (sites #22-40), and Paleface (sites #41-87) and Radium (sites # 1-59). There are 20 double sites and 1 pull through site. Radium campground has larger sites more suitable for RV units. There is a two vehicle maximum per site, with the second vehicle paying an extra half camping fee (second RV=extra full fee). Maximum 8 people (up to four adults) per site. No extra parking available.
If you do not have a reservation, please choose a site with no camping receipt on the campsite number post and/or no possessions in the site. Park staff will come around to collect fees.
When the campground is full, we ask that visitors do not drive around looking for available sites as it creates traffic congestion and noise.
Please note: There is no pay phone available at this park and no cell phone service. The nearest store and pay phones are approximately 32 km away.