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 79KB].
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Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
E-mail: parkinquiries@telus.net
Phone: 250 320-9305

Green Lake Provincial Park

New for 2016: The group picnic shelter at Green Lake is now reservable. BC Parks’ visitors will be able to reserve this picnic shelter on the Discover Camping website beginning on March 09 for up to 12 months in advance of their arrival date.

Volunteer Host Opportunity

Green Lake Provincial Park offers volunteer host opportunities. Click here for more information.

About This Park

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Green Lake Provincial Park is made up of 11 sites: Arrowhead, Black Bear, Blue Spring, Boyd Bay, Buckside Hill, Emerald Bay, Green Lake Islands, Little Arrowhead, Nolan Creek and Sunset View. Six of these sites have developed facilities.

The open rangeland and mixed forests of aspen and lodgepole pine found here are typical of the Cariboo’s landscape.

Green Lake is one of the larger bodies of water in the southern portion of the Cariboo. The lake is about 14 km long averaging 1.5 km in width with an irregular shoreline of approximately 57 km. The lake has a low flushing rate and together with the chemical composition of the warm shallow waters, creates the greenish hue giving the lake its name.

Established Date: July 10, 1975

Park Size: 347 hectares

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.)
May 15 – Sept 30
Campground gates are closed during off-season.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:  
– Arrowhead campground May 15 – Sept 30
– Emerald Bay campground May 15 – Sept 30
– Sunset View campground May 15 – Sept 30
Campground Reservable Dates:  
– Emerald Bay campground Campsites 10 to 23: May 20 – 22 and June 15 – September 4
All other Emerald Bay campsites: May 15 – September 4
– Arrowhead campground May 15 – September 4
– Sunset View campground Campsites 1 to 13 and 45 to 54: May 20 – 22 and June 15 – September 4
All other Sunset View campsites: May 15 – September 4
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
All campgrounds 100% reservable
Arrowhead = 16
Emerald Bay = 51
Sunset View = 54
Number of Reservable Campsites:
The campgrounds are 100% reservable over the May long weekend and become 100% reservable again starting June 15th. First come, first served sites are available until June 14th.
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, group campsite and group picnic shelter reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Make A Reservation

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted at all campgrounds, which are located in the middle and at opposite sides of Green Lake.

Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at Sunset View campground through Discover Camping for dates starting May 15 to September 29.

Group Picnic Shelter Reservations: Group picnic shelter reservations are accepted for Sunset View picnic shelter through Discover Camping for dates starting May 15 to September 30.
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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. There is a BC Parks information shelter, which provides information on campground and picnic area locations and a sani-station, located at the south end of the park. Access is approximately 16 km northeast of 70 Mile House off Hwy #97 along North Bonaparte Road or approximately 18 km south of Hwy #24 at Lone Butte and follow the signs along Watch Lake Road. The closest communities, towns and cities are 70 Mile House, Lone Butte and 100 Mile House.

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: Green Lake Provincial Park was established in July of 1975 as an area of high recreational opportunity. Popular summer recreational activities include swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, and nature walks.
  • Conservation: As one of the largest water bodies in the southern part of the Cariboo Plateau, Green Lake is a valuable fish and waterfowl habitat area. The low fishing reate of this shallow lake maintains a high content of algae and other micro-organisms, which along with the chemical composition of the water itself, gives it the emerald green hue for which it is known.
  • Wildlife: The area is fairly abundant with moose and deer. Limited numbers of black bear, coyote, squirrels and marmots are also present. The west end of the lake attracts waterfowl as a nesting and migratory resting area. Owls and golden eagles can also be seen.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Powerboating is popular on the lake, water-skiing conditions are ideal. Canoeing or kayaking is not recommended due to the high winds that arise on the large lake.
Cycling

Cycling

There are numerous cattle trails in the area outside the park which can be used for cycling. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

An annual restocking program of rainbow trout provides fair to good fishing opportunities. Locally, fishing is best described as challenging. Try a dark flatfish lure. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

There is a self-guided 1km interpretative trail at Sunset View campground. 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

No horseback riding, except for guided trails rides at Emerald Bay (the guide operator is operating under permit with BC Parks).
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach 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.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There are good sand/pebble beaches and shallow, warm, roped off areas of water for swimming at all day-use and campground areas in the park.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

There are waterskiing opportunities at Green Lake.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

Two paved, single-boat launches are located in the park; on the southside at Sunset View campground and on the north side at Little Arrowhead picnic site. There is a parking area for vehicle/boat trailer at both places.
Campfires

Campfires

Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator in some parks 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 and handpumps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There are no hose hookups for campers/trailers.
Group Camping

Group Camping

The group site is composed of four pods with three tables at each pod. The group site is situated close to the lake and in an open setting surrounded by native grass and aspen trees for shade. Very private and quiet. Minimum of 15 and a Maximum of 60 people per party. Group campsite is open from May 15 to September 30. Click here for reservation information.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Picnic/day-use areas are located at Blue Spring, Little Arrowhead, Emerald Bay, and Sunset View. Day-use areas at Sunset View and Emerald Bay also feature picnic shelters. Blue Spring, Little Arrowhead, and Sunset View have a locked gate between 10pm and 8am. Group picnicking is open from May 15 to September 30 and reservations are available for the Sunset View picnic shelter. Click here for reservation information.
Group Picnicking Fee: $35.00 per group
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets located throughout the campgrounds and day-use areas. A flush toilet building is located at the sani-station building.
Playground

Playground

Big Toy playground equipment is located at Sunset View and Emerald Bay campgrounds. Horseshoe pits are available in all three campgrounds. Please bring your own horseshoes.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season. The sani-station/dump facilities are located at the junction of North Green Lake Road and North Bonaparte Road, 12 km west of Sunset View campground and 18 km southwest of Emerald Bay.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 3 vehicle accessible campgrounds. Campsite reservations are accepted at all sites, Emerald Bay and Sunset View campgrounds, which are located at opposite sides of Green Lake and at Arrowhead campground in the middle. Emerald Bay and Sunset View are campgrounds nestled amongst the trees where as Arrowhead consists of waterfront camping in a fairly open area.

Emerald Bay campground has 51 sites, a few of which are double sites. Many of the sites are long and spacious. Sunset View has 54 sites, a few of which are also double sites. Arrowhead has 16 high density sites that are smaller than at the other campgrounds. However, large rigs may still fit in some of these sites. There is room for extra vehicles at the larger sites.

If there is no staff at the campground upon arrival, choose a site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season. There is a telephone located at the Sunset View campground and the closest store is at Little Horse Lake Lodge near Emerald Bay or at 70 Mile House.

If you are unsure of the specific campground locations, refer to the site map for further information.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 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 four (4) walk-in tent sites at Sunset View campground.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

The outhouses at Emerald Bay and Sunset View are wheelchair accessible.