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Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Email address: info@seatoskyparks.com
Phone: (604) 986-9371

Cultus Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Cultus Lake Provincial Park As one of the most popular destination areas in the Lower Mainland, Cultus Lake Provincial Park is characterized by a large, warm freshwater lake and scenic forest-clad mountains. The park is almost evenly divided between the northwest and southeast sides of Cultus Lake. The northwest portion is mostly undeveloped with the visitor-oriented facilities confined to the southeast portion.

Just an hour and a half drive away from Vancouver, visitors will find four campgrounds, a large day-use area for picnicking and boating, and ample opportunity for fishing, water skiing, wind surfing and hiking.

Park Size: 2,729 hectares

Special Notes: Cultus Lake Provincial Park is located near the small community of Cultus Lake. This community offers waterslides, two golf courses, bumper boats, go-carts, canoe, boat and jet ski rentals, marina, miniature golf, restaurants, stables, laundromat, stores and gas stations. Larger department stores are located in Chilliwack.

Trailer Rental

Cultus Lake Provincial Park has two Outdoors RV 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.

Trailer Rates (Prices include taxes)

Nightly – $145 per night
Weekend (2 night/3 night for long weekends) – $290 2-day weekend; $435 3-day weekend
Weekly (7 night stay) – $800 per week.

Bookings are required prior to arrival: Phone (604) 986-9371.

Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
Campground gates are closed during off-season.
– Clear Creek campground April 1 – October 13
– Delta Grove campground March 28 – October 13
– Entrance Bay campground March 28 – October 13
– Maple Bay campground April 1 – October 13
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:  
– Clear Creek campground April 1 – October 13
– Delta Grove campground March 28 – October 13
– Entrance Bay campground March 28 – October 13
– Maple Bay campground April 1 – October 13
Campground Reservable Dates:  
– Clear Creek campground May 14 – 18 and June 6 – August 31
– Delta Grove campground May 9 – August 31
– Entrance Bay campground May 9 – August 31
– Maple Bay campground May 14 – 18 and June 6 – August 31
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Clear Creek = 85
Delta Grove = 58
Entrance Bay = 52
Maple Bay = 106
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
100% Reservable
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.

Reservations

All campsite and group site 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.

Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting March 28 to October 12.
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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. Cultus Lake Provincial Park is located 11 km southwest of Chilliwack. Access to the park is off Highway 1 at the Yarrow or Sardis exits. It is 16 km to the park entrance from Yarrow and 10 km from Sardis via the Columbia Valley Highway, which bisects the southeast section of the park.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The park was designated to Provincial Park status in 1948.
  • Cultural Heritage: Cultus Lake was known as Swee-ehl-chah or Tsowallie by local First Nations. Cultus is a Chinook word derived from the Salish word Kul, meaning “bad” or “worthless”. The lake was considered “bad” in an ancient First Nations legend.
  • Conservation: The park lies in the transition zone between the Coastal Western Hemlock and Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zones. Douglas-fir and broadleaf maple are the dominant species. Hemlock is evident in the understory, largely on the wetter east side of the lake. A recent park expansion added 202 hectares including important foreshore habitat for the endangered Cultus Lake Sockeye, and the threatened Cultus Pygmy Sculpin.
  • Wildlife: The park provides habitat for a variety of wildlife including coyote, blacktail deer, beaver, shrew mole, and 100 species of birds. Cultus Lake contains rainbow, Dolly Varden, steelhead and cutthroat trout and all five varieties of salmon.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are permitted on Cultus Lake.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles are permitted on some of the Cultus Lake trails. Most specifically the Horse trails. Many of the other trails are foot traffic only. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Cultus Lake provides good sports fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden. Nearby Chilliwack Lake is noted for steelhead as well as whitefish and coho salmon. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There are five main trails for you to enjoy and admire the wonders of nature:
  • Teapot Hill Trail is located near the Honeymoon Bay group site. There are some steep sections making this trail moderately difficult. This trail is a 5 km round trip (2 hours) viewing Cultus Lake and Columbia Valley.
  • Seven Sisters Trail connects Entrance Bay and Clear Creek campgrounds. Along the trail, stands a group of large Douglas-fir trees, once numbering seven (2 hours return).
  • Cultus Lake Horse Trail is 20 km round trip (5 hours), traveling from Edmeston Road to Watt Creek, which joins the north and south ends of the park. The trail was closed in August 2013 due to an active landslide in the area. BC Parks installed warning signage and reopened the trail to the public, however; we strongly recommend visitors do not cross the landslide area during periods of intense rainfall.
  • Giant Douglas-fir Trail begins 150 metres west of Delta Grove campground. The walk leads to this forest goliath and also connects with Clear Creek campground (45 minute return walk).
  • Maple Bay Trail starts near the day-use parking lot and provides a self-guiding interpretive stroll past some of the park’s natural wonders (30 minutes).
  • View the most recent trail report [PDF]
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

A maintained horse trail, also used by hikers and cyclists, connects Edmeston Road at the north end of the park with Watt Creek Trailhead. Please note that horses are not permitted on Road 918. The Cultus Lake Horse Trail is open all year but the parking lot is closed during the off-season. There are approximately 20 km of compact gravel and shale horse trails. Camping and stop-overs in day-use areas are not permitted with horses.
Cautionary Note: The trail was closed in August 2013 due to an active landslide in the area. BC Parks installed warning signage and reopened the trail to the public, however; we strongly recommend visitors do not cross the landslide area during periods of intense rainfall.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

  • The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that will teach basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Learn to Fish demos (every Friday starting June 28th to August 23rd at Cultus Lake (Maple Bay Amphitheatre) from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. View the current scheduled programs. [PDF]
  • Wildsafe BC demos on Jul 13th and 27th and August 10th and 24th at 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM at the Cultus Amphitheatre.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in park buildings or beach areas except for areas set aside for pets at the Shale Beach area between the Jade Bay boat launch and the Entrance Bay day-use and also in the Shale Beach area between the Maple Bay boat launch and the Maple Bay day-use. 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.
Swimming

Swimming

Swim only within the buoyed swimming areas. There are wharfs available in the Entrance Bay and Maple Bay day-use areas. Beaches are sandy. Please note that there are steep, dangerous drop-offs along the lakeshore and that there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Water skiing is available on Cultus Lake. Travel on the lake is restricted to counter clockwise.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is a viewing area at the top of Teapot Hill.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There are double paved boat launching ramps located at Maple Bay and Jade Bay. Jade Bay boat launch is open year round. The Maple Bay boat launch is open during the peak season. There is parking available for boat trailers during the day only. Boats cannot be left in the water or beached overnight. There is no marina or moorage available in or within the park. Boaters are cautioned to remain well clear of buoy-marked swimming areas at all times. Water skiers and jet skiers can enjoy this lake. Cultus Lake is closed to open air exhaust motors. There are no vessels allowed on certain parts of the lake. There is a speed restriction of 5 km/h at the north end of the lake as buoyed and signed.
Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are allowed in campground areas only. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps for cooking and drinking are located throughout the campgrounds and day-use areas.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are four group sites available at Cultus Lake park; Two at Honeymoon Bay, each of which can accommodate 15 to 45 people, and two at “Westside,” sites A and B, each of which can hold a maximum of 30 people, and will provide an area for RVers and tenters to enjoy the lake. To get to the Westside group site: Approach from Chilliwack on Columbia Valley Hwy. approx. 7 km from Chilliwack.

All group site users must check in at the Cultus Lake Gate House first to register and get camping information.

Group sites are open from March 28 to October 12. Click here to book a group site or for more information.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $100.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are picnic grounds with tables and garbage containers at Entrance Bay, Maple Bay, and Spring Bay day-use areas. There are parking facilities for 700 vehicles. Changehouses are located at Entrance Bay and Maple Bay. The Spring Bay day-use area is open all year with no services. The available beaches are sandy. Entrance Bay and Maple Bay campgrounds have flush toilets. Spring Bay campground has only pit toilets. Campfires are prohibited. However, some picnic tables have BBQ stands for hibachis. There is a beach area for dogs, but they must remain on leash. There is a gate that is locked between dusk and 8:00 am during which time the day-use area cannot be accessed.

Entrance Bay day-use area is open from March 28 to October 14. Maple Bay day-use and boat launch is open from June 8 to the Labour Day long weekend. Watt Creek is open from March 30 to the Labour Day long weekend. Spring Bay and Tea Pot Hill parking lots are open all year, weather permitting.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located in all campgrounds and day-use areas within the park.
Playground

Playground

There is a new playground in the Entrance Bay day-use area.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is located on the roadway leading to the Maple Bay boat launch and is open only during the campsite operating season. The nearest sani-station/dump to the park is the Husky Truck stop in Sardis.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

There are hot showers available at all four campgrounds. Maple Bay day-use area has a cold shower only facility. There are change houses located in Maple Bay and Entrance Bay campgrounds.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites may be available.

There are four campgrounds within this park: Clear Creek has 82 sites; Delta Grove has 58 sites; Entrance Bay has 52 sites; and Maple Bay has 106 sites. There are 19 double sites and no pull through sites. There is no parking available for extra vehicles. If no staff is available to help find a site, reserved sites are posted on the gate house board and remaining sites are on a first come, first served basis. Camping is not available if the gate is locked. There is a pay phone located at the gate house. The nearest store is in the municipality of Cultus Lake approximately 2km away.

Entrance Bay, Delta Grove, Maple Bay campgrounds:
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $15.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Clear Creek campground:
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $15.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair access washrooms are located in Delta Grove, Clear Creek campgrounds and Entrance Bay and Maple Bay day-use areas. There are wheelchair accessible pit toilets in Entrance Bay, Clear Creek and Delta Grove at both the campgrounds and the day-use areas. There is one wheelchair accessible campsite available in Entrance Bay.