This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].

In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd.
604 986-9371

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • May 24, 2018: Park and campground open for the season; construction is ongoing
    Campground expansion and upgrades are ongoing. Please avoid worksites and closure areas, and watch for contractor vehicles on the road. We appreciate your patience! During this period of construction, visitors may be subjected to some minor construction noise (mid-week, daytime hours).
    Efforts are underway to build a new 33 site campground loop at Chilliwack Lake. The loop will offer amazing views to the West and good exposure to breezes and sunlight. Although the sites are visible in the Discover Camping system, they are not available for use at this time and there is no set opening date. We will update this webpage and the Discover Camping system once construction has been completed and the sites are available for use.
  • May 9, 2018: Beach and boat launch are under water
    Due to high water levels, the beach and boat house are under water.

About This Park

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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.

Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
April 28– October 9
(gate is closed during the off-season) Please note: Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: April 28 – October 9
(gate is closed during the off-season) Please note: Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
Campground Reservable Dates: May 19 – September 3
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 146
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining 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.

Know Before You Go

Park Safety

  • 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.

Special Notes

  • Park gates are locked between 11 pm and 8 am daily.
  • Trailer Rental

    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.
    Backcountry Registration System or read more about it
  • 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.  This includes Chilliwack Lake Forrest Service Road.
  • 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.


All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted at this park and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

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 64 km southeast of Chilliwack, 40 km in from Vedder Crossing. Take Exit 104 from Highway 1 and follow the signs for Cultus Lake until Cultus Lake Road. Instead of turning here, follow Vedder Road across the bridge and turn right onto Chilliwack Lake Road. Follow this road for 40 km to the lake.

Maps and Brochures

Trail Ventures BC
Visit the Trail Ventures BC website to purchase your own Chilliwack trail map. (1:40,000)
Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

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



Experienced paddlers only recommended to canoe or kayak in the park. There are no canoe/kayak rentals available in the 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.


Bicycles must keep to roadways and bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.


Visitors can fish for Dolly Varden, kokanee, rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate, valid licence.


There are three main trails at this park. Lindeman Lake, Greendrop Lake and Flora Lake Trails share the same trailhead at the Post Creek Parking Lot. Lindeman Lake is 3.4 km return; Greendrop Lake is 10.4 km return and Flora Lake is 14 km return. The Radium Lake Trailhead (16 km return) is accessible from the Chilliwack Lake campground.

The Trans Canada Trail winds through park. See the Trans Canada Trail website for more information:

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 9, 2018) (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.
The Park Map [PDF] shows a number of “routes” that are not actively maintained by BC Parks. Many of these routes are in poor condition, are unmarked and are not recommended for travel. These routes are: Hanging Lake, and the route from Radium Lake to the Chilliwack Lake Eco Reserve. Travel should not be attempted on the aforementioned trails except by very experienced hikers familiar in the use of a map and compass for navigational purposes. Anyone hiking these routes should be prepared for travel through heavy understory for the duration of the hike.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Horse use is allowed on the Trans Canada Trail only.


Hunting is permitted within Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. All hunters should refer to the current BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in swimming or picnic 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.


Visitors can enjoy swimming at Chilliwack Lake, but the water is very cold. There are no swimming rafts. The beach area is sandy. This area is prone to high winds in the afternoons. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.


Waterskiing is popular on Chilliwack Lake.


There are windsurfing opportunities. The lake usually has strong winds in the afternoons.

Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a gradual single wide boat launch at this park next to the day-use area and campground. The boat launch is small, shallow and designed for boats of less than 20 feet in length. Larger vessels will have difficulty launching. Water levels at Chilliwack Lake fluctuate seasonally. At times the lake rises to the point where the boat launch is underwater and unusable; alternatively, the water can drop to the point where rocks and boulders are exposed. Carefully examine the boat launch prior to launching your vessel. Use at your own risk. There is a day-use parking area for vehicles and trailers during the day only. Boats associated with registered camping parties can be left in the water or beached overnight at the owners risk. There is no marina nearby to moor boats. There is a speed restriction of “Dead Slow” around the boat launch. There is a 10 km/hr, 100 meter shoreline speed restriction around the lake and a 25 km/hr restriction on the remainder of the lake. Marine access camping facilities are not available. Camping is not permitted on the shores of the lake.


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.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located in each of the vehicle-accessible campgrounds. There are no taps available at the backcountry sites. Taps are shut off during the off season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There is no formal picnic area or picnic tables for day-use. There is a sandy beach. Day-use area is closed from dusk to 8am.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located in the day-use area and at each of the vehicle accessible campgrounds. There are no pit toilets available at the backcountry sites. No flush toilets or showers at this park.


There is an adventure playground at this park located at the Paleface Loop camping area.


A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Vehicle Accessible Camping

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 (2nd 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. To discourage this unnecessary traffic and the noise caused by this, visitors may put their name on a waiting list for the possibility of a site becoming available. Those on the wait list meet in the upper parking lot at noon the following day. Staff will have determined which sites are available, and these are offered on a first-come first-served basis to those on the list. Please note: This is not a guarantee of a site.

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.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $22.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

There are six (6) backcountry campsites located at each of the four (4) camping areas: Greendrop (5.5 km), Lindeman (1.5 km), Flora (7 km), and Radium Lakes (6.5 km). There is one pit toilet and one bear cache located at Lindeman, Greendrop and Radium Lakes. Marine access camping facilities are not available and shoreline camping is not permitted on Chilliwack Lake. Please be advised there is no garbage removal services at any backcountry campsite; leave no trace practices apply – pack out what you pack in.
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for all persons 6 years of age or older.
Payment must be made via the BC Parks Backcountry Registration System. Cash payments for backcountry camping opportunities are not available at this time. As there is no cellular service available in the park, visitors will need to make their reservations at home or prior to leaving a cellular service area. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip.
Backcountry Registration System
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There are wheelchair accessible pit toilets in the Radium Loop campground. Sorry, there are no wheelchair accessible trails.