Visitor InformationMountain and lake weather can change rapidly, be prepared.
Boil water for at least 5 minutes before drinking.
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
EK Parks Ltd.
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.
Lockhart Beach Provincial Park
About This ParkLocated 40 km north of Creston on Highway 3A, this park and adjacent Lockhart Creek Provincial Park extend from the sunny shores of Kootenay Lake to the headwaters of Lockhart Creek.
This small park provides the only easy access to public camping along the south arm of Kootenay Lake. An 18 site campground and day-use area are located near a sand and fine gravel beach where visitors can relax and enjoy the clear waters of Kootenay Lake.
Established Date: October 13, 1933
Park Size: 8 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 10 – September 30
Gate is closed during the off-season; no vehicle access.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||Second Monday in May – September 30|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||18|
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.|
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- Conservation: Lockhart Beach is situated near the outflow of Lockhart Creek into Kootenay Lake. The beach is backed by a lakeside forest that protects temperate rainforest habitat. Birdwatchers and plant identification enthusiasts will be rewarded by a visit to this diverse area. Rainbow trout, bull trout and kokanee inhabit Lockhart Creek.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF] for Lockhart Beach Provincial Park is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
There area fishing opportunities in Kootenay Lake especially for Gerrard rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
The adjacent Lockhart Creek Provincial Park has a well maintained hiking trail that follows the north side of Lockhart Creek gaining about 800 metres of elevation over a 3- hour hike. An old cabin site about two hours up is a favourite destination. Though open to wilderness recreation, the park has no facilities or marked trails and is not regularly serviced. Visitors should be self-sufficient and proficient in back country travel practices. 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
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.
There are swimming opportunities in Kootenay Lake at this park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not 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.
Hand pump wells provide water. To ensure water is safe for drinking, all water must be boiled for at least 5 minutes.
This park has a day-use/picnic area and sandy beach along Kootenay Lake. There is capacity for 12 vehicles in the day-use area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The 18 site campground offers vehicle access on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted. There is one drive-through site and three double sites. There is no phone at Lockhart Beach, however nearby towns and resorts offer telephone and tourist services.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.