This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
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].
Chu Chua Cottonwood Provincial Park
About This ParkChu Chua Cottonwood Provincial Park covers an area of large, undisturbed, floodplain islands in the North Thompson River. The typical large floodplain area is in a natural, undisturbed condition.
Note: There are no camping or day-use facilities provided at this park.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 108 hectares
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was created April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan. The park will be managed according to the Interim Management Direction Statement for Chu Chua Cottonwood Park.
- Conservation: The park includes large floodplain islands in a natural, undisturbed condition. The park provides successional stages of colonization from point bar to old growth cottonwood stands. Hybrid spruce, red osier dogwood, black twinberry, carex and hazelnut trees also exist in the park. The cottonwoods provide habitat for vaux swifts, bats and Red-naped Sapsucker. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Important habitat for bats, vaux swifts, and a variety of cavity-nesting birds. Juvenile rearing for salmonids. 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
Canoe or kayak would be necessary to access the North Thompson River in this area. Always exercise caution when navigating the North Thompson River. Sweepers and log jams may not always be visible in advance.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. 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 is no viewing platform but there are wildlife viewing opportunities. This protected area is important habitat for wildlife species associated with cottonwood stands; bats, vaux swifts, cavity-nesters and other songbirds may be viewed in this park.