Prior to 1997, this park was a Forest Service Recreation area. The area was established as a provincial park in 1997. Many years ago, the Model Community Society constructed a 13 km wheelchair accessible trail around Inland Lake.
There are drive-in and walk-in campsites available at this park, as well as opportunities for swimming, cycling, fishing, canoeing and boating (10hp).
The Model Community Project for People with Disabilities have led a two year effort to drastically improve the trail and facilities at Inland Lake Provincial Park. The “Model Community” work in partnership with BC Parks under a Shared Stewardship Agreement. They have successfully raised over 250K of funds to support the park improvement. BC Parks wishes to publically thank the Model Community for their great effort and dedication.
Established Date: June 29, 2000
Park Size: 2,757 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,
(Gate is closed during the off-season)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:
May 15 – September 15
Off-season: no fee, no services
Campground Reservable Dates:
May 15 – September 15
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
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.
There will be four new bridges installed on the Island Lake Forest Service Road (FSR), including one on Haywire Bay Road, over two summers (2013-14).
The first bridges planned for this year are for 1.5 and 2.0 km on the FSR. These structures have been designed to improve and facilitate high value fish passage and must be installed during the working fish window we have.
All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
May 16, 2017: Campground configuration has changed
Please be advised that due to a campground rebuild, the campground configuration has changed. Reservations made for particular campsites may not be in the same location or have the same dimensions as listed in Discover Camping. This will be repaired for the 2018 season. Thank you for your patience during this transition.
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.
The park is located north of Powell River. Turn up a short but steep hill on Haslam Street north of Cranberry Lake, turn left onto the gravel road, continue on for about 5 km, turn right on the Haywire Bay/Inland Lake intersection another 2 km, turn left into the park.
Nature and Culture
History: In 1977 this area, formerly known as the Confederation/Haslam Lake Protected Area, which included a Forest Service Recreation Site at Inland Lake, was signed over to BC Parks and renamed Inland Lake Provincial Park.
There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking in this park. There are no rentals available in the park. The nearest available rentals are located in Powell River approximately 10 km away.
Cycling is permitted on the 13 km Inland Lake trail. Please use extreme caution as the trail is shared with hikers and disabled users in wheelchairs.
Trout fishing is available. Spring is said to be best after April 1st. Catch and release in effect. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There is an easy 13 km wheelchair accessible circuit. The trail is also very popular for day hiking and leisurely bicycle trips. There are many access points to the lake as well as pit toilets that are well spaced along the route. The trail surface consist of crushed limestone and some elevated board walks and bridges. The grade is mostly flat with minimal grades. 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.
Hunting is allowed in this park. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping regulations for season openings and more detailed information.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach and picnic areas, the park buildings and the boat launch area. 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.
There is swimming available in the lake. There is no designated or roped-off swimming area and there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There is very little beach area available. Water temperature is relatively warm during the summer months.
Elevated board walks around the Inland Lake Trail provide excellent scenic viewing opportunities.
Facilities Available at this Park
This park has a gravel car top boat launch only. There is a horsepower restriction of 10 hp or 750 kw.
Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. Firewood is available once a day at approximately 6pm for a cost of $6.00 or you can 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.
Water is available at the campground via a well.
This park has a day-use/picnic area, with eight picnic/rest areas. No other facilities are provided in the day-use areas.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has only pit toilets – no flush toilets. The pit toilets are located in the campground and around the lake on the hiking trail.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 22 vehicle accessible campsites. There are no double or pull-through sites available. Camping is under canopy of trees. There is no gatehouse or locked gate. There is room for two vehicles at each site and extra parking is available for a fee. Reservations are accepted at this park and first come, first-served sites are also available.
If no staff is available to help find a site, find an unoccupied site that has no camping receipt posted at the site. Pay for camping by self-registration. There is no pay phone in the park. The closest store is in Powell River, approximately 10 kilometres away.
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.
Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but there are no facilities provided. There are three walk-in campsites on Anthony Island. The hike in is approximately 3 kilometres. Camping is on the bare ground. Please camp in designated sites. There are pit toilets available. There is a designated fire ring for campfires; you will need to pack in your own firewood.
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night for all persons 6 years of age or older.
BC Parks Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.
Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible. There is a 13 km wheelchair accessible loop trail around the lake. The entire trail provides excellent viewing opportunities for disabled persons. There are 3 cabins spaced around the 13 km trail with wheelchair accessible pit toilets at each cabin. There is a fishing dock at the main campground and a cement wheelchair ramp at the head of the trail.
The two cabins at the main camp ground are no longer available for camping.