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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Sandstorm North Contracting

For information concerning the Vehicle Accessible Campground:
E-mail: sandstormnorth@gmail.com

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Gwillim Lake Provincial Park

  • As of June 24, 2016: Gwillim Lake Park is open.
    • Highway 97 South Pine Pass ( Mackenzie Junction to Chetwynd), is OPEN to single-lane alternating traffic with intermittent delays at a number of sites along the route. No over-weight OR over-width loads are permitted at this time. For more details please visit the following websites:

About This Park

New Adventure Playground Winds whispering through the pine forests, waves lapping at the shoreline, Gwillim Lake Provincial Park provides a peaceful outdoor experience.

Set in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills on Highway 29, a half-hour’s drive from Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge and the massive Northeast Coal development, visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and a viewpoint that provides a panoramic vista of the superb Rocky Mountain scenery.

Please note: This park is being maintained by a local community organization or business. Services and/or facilities may vary from provincial standards.

Date Established: November 26, 1981

Park Size: 32,326 ha
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates: Campground is generally open on the Wednesday before the May long weekend to mid September. This is may change with earlier opening dates or later closing dates depending on weather.
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 50
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Not 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.
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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. Located 56 km southeast of Chetwynd; take Highway 29 south off Highway 97 (paved access).

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

  • Conservation: Located in the Hart Foothills ecosection, Gwillim Lake Provincial Park houses a diverse array of both coniferous and deciduous tree species. Lodgepole pine, white spruce, trembling aspen, paper birch and balsam poplar are found along the lakeshore intermixed with low wetlands of black spruce, willow and alder. Forests at higher elevations consist of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir that open up into parklands and alpine meadows higher up.
  • Wildlife: The deep blue waters of Gwillim Lake are home to bull trout, mountain whitefish, lake trout, Arctic grayling, and northern pike. Due to low nutrient levels, the lake has a low regeneration capability for fish populations and is not able to sustain heavy fishing pressures. Please obey the catch limits posted in the B.C. Environment Fishing Regulations Synopsis. If you are an early riser, you might get a glimpse of a moose or deer foraging for food. The wetlands at the east end of the lake attract a large variety of waterfowl and shorebirds and the park is home to a small population of bald eagles.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • Approved Master Plan [PDF 1.43MB] for Gwillim Lake Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoes and kayaks are welcome. Beware of easterly winds that create high waves in the open water.
Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

There are climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Anglers can try their luck fishing for lake trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, Arctic grayling, northern pike and burbot. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Ice fishing is allowed during the winter season but visitors should be aware that the park road from Hwy #29 to the lake is snowed in usually until late April or early May. Snowmobiles have been used to travel this 1km of road. Please note: the school camp road is private and there is no access to the park from this road.
Hiking

Hiking

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

Horseback riding is permitted in the Elephant Ridge addition to Gwillim Lake Park. Please contact the Fort St. John Ministry of Environment office for a letter authorizing horseback use in the park.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in the Elephant Ridge addition to the park. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations synopsis for more information.
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 wildlfie issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving or snorkelling opportunities.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

There are waterskiing opportunities.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

There are windsurfing opportunities.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are snowshoeing and backcountry skiing opportunities.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a boat launch complete with turnaround and a large parking area for vehicles with trailers.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

A hand pump is located in the park. The hand pump may be removed during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Playground

Playground

An adventure playground is situated in the middle of the campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There are wheelchair accessible facilities at this park.