Black bears are common in the area. In 2004, three bears had to be destroyed because they became habituated to eating food and garbage left out by careless campers. Please read more on bear safety.
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Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park
As of May 3, 2014: The park gate open, and boat launch is ice free.
About This Park
Nestled among an open stand of spruce, fir and regenerating young forest, Lac Le Jeune Park appeals to campers and anglers seeking an easily-accessible getaway spot. The park offers a diverse assortment of recreational activities including swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and nature appreciation. The campground serves as a base for recreational use at both Stake and Walloper Lakes. The park sees high use during the summer season. During the winter the area is used for cross-country skiing with no vehicle access.
Special Feature: The park land addition in 1996 protects large marsh areas.
Park Size: 213 hectares
The park is used for informal cross-country skiing in the winter and connects to the Stake Lake Ski Trail system.
| 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 3 – September 30
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 9 – September 30
Off-season: self-contained units in day-use area; no fee; no services.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 15 – September 9|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||144|
|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.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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 original 47 hectare park was designated in 1956. An additional 118 hectares of upland and 48 hectares of foreshore was designated in 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan. It was intended that the addition be kept natural, with no development or vehicle access. The park will be managed according to the Management Direction Statement for Lac Le Jeune Park.
- Conservation: The park protects upland and riparian habitats on portions of Lac Le Jeune. The trout fishery is provincially significant. A marsh on the east side of the lake is protected. A sunscreening canopy of lodgepole pine plays shadows on the pine grass of this lakeside park. The waters of Lac Le Jeune are famous for fighting rainbow trout.
Cycles of Change [PDF 190KB] – Flyer about the Mountain Pine Beetle in Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park.
- Wildlife: The park provides habitat for moose, mule deer, beaver, osprey, song birds and waterfowl.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park [PDF 110.02KB] is available in PDF format.
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
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.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
View the Annual Drinking Water System Reports [pdf]: Lac_Le_Jeune [PDF 407KB]
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
During the shoulder season, if there are no staff at the gatehouse upon arrival, choose a site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day. During the high season staff will occupy the gatehouse during the opening hours of the park and fees can be paid there. If you have a reservation, check the reservation board beside the gatehouse to learn which site has been allocated to you.
- The front gate is locked from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.
- There is a resort five minutes from the park providing a few amenities.
- A pay phone is located at the entrance to the park.
- There are two recycle centres in the campground.
- There is no wilderness backcountry camping.