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Cultus Lake Provincial Park
- Check the most recent trail report [PDF]
- Please note: ATVs and off road vehicles are not allowed on the trails within the park.
- Campers and swimmers should be aware that SWIMMERS ITCH may be present in Cultus Lake. For more information on the treatment and prevention of swimmers itch, check out the BC Healthfiles page.
About This ParkAs 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 RentalCultus Lake Provincial Park has two Outdoors RV trailers 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.
| 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.|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:|
|– Clear Creek campground||April 1 – October 12|
|– Delta Grove campground||March 27 – October 12|
|– Entrance Bay campground||March 27 – October 12|
|– Maple Bay campground||April 1 – October 12|
|Campground Reservable Dates:|
|– Clear Creek campground||May 15 – 17 and June 5 – September 6|
|– Delta Grove campground||May 8 –September 6|
|– Entrance Bay campground||May 8 –September 6|
|– Maple Bay campground||May 15 – 17 and June 5 – September 6|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||Clear Creek = 85
Delta Grove = 58
Entrance Bay = 52
Maple Bay = 106
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
|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.|
ReservationsAll campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
Campsite reservations are accepted.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting March 27 to October 12.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny 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 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.
Management PlanningManagement 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.
Activities Available at this Park
- 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]
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.
- 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.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
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 27 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).
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
Vehicle Accessible Camping
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.
Clear Creek, Entrance Bay, Delta Grove, Maple Bay campgrounds: