In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Visitor Information

Bring your own drinking water, as potable water is not available in the park.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Coldwater River Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • PLEASE NOTE: As of April 2015, Coldwater River Provincial Park will be officially undergoing reclamation activities for the next few years to return the entire area back to a river valley ecosystem. The area is permanently closed to vehicular traffic – pedestrian traffic is strongly discouraged due to the various current safety hazards that exist throughout, particularly at the entrance. Please respect the area and give it time to revert back to its natural ecosystem.

About This Park

Coldwater River Provincial Park Coldwater River Provincial Park protects a representative portion of a river valley ecosystem. The valley is recognized as having high potential for outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Coldwater River runs north alongside the highway with its source being the Coquihalla Lakes. The area provides opportunities for fishing and nature and historical interpretation.

Park Size: 69 hectares

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. Coldwater River Park is located 50 km south of Merritt on Highway #5, just north of the tollbooths.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Coldwater River was established as a Class A park in 1986.
  • Cultural Heritage: This area is part of the Coldwater First Nation’s territory. It is part of their traditional fishing area.There is historical significance relating to the Kettle Valley Railway.
  • Conservation: Protects important riparian areas including river wildlife habitats and steelhead spawning.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information

Management Planning

  • Management Planning Information
  • The approved management plan for Coldwater River Provincial Park [PDF] is available online in PDF format.
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.

Activities Available at this Park



The river is shallow and gravel bottomed providing good steelhead spawning habitat. Fishing is for steelhead. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


There are no developed trails at this park. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs. Shortcutting developed trails destroys plant life and soil structure.