Visitor InformationSpecial Notes:
Mabel Lake can experience sudden weather changes. Boaters are reminded to find shelter in bays along the lakeshore in times of gusty winds.
The lake bottom drops off steeply from the beach. Use caution.
In the spring and fall, there is a lot of wildlife activity in the park.
Mabel Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 18, 2017: Boat launches
BC Parks boat launches currently remain open, with signage posted requesting that boaters not steer too close to shore which could create wakes that may impact the shoreline and also to be aware of debris and other hazards in the lake.
BC Parks continues to monitor the situation. Public safety will guide any potential decision to close boat launches.
- First-Come, First-Served Campsite Policy at Mabel Lake Park:
Mabel Lake Provincial Park is one of the Okanagan’s most popular destination campgrounds. During the summer months the campground is most often full to capacity, occupied by reservations and on a first come, first served basis.
In order accommodate guests who arrive to find the campground full, or who would like to overstay their reservation an overflow area has been designated in an open field close to the boat launch. When an overnight guest arrives at the park to find the “campground full” sign posted, we request that they proceed to the overflow area and register their name in the queue on the overflow camping list. Guests may then assemble their camp in the overflow area in an orderly fashion. As guests vacate individual sites in the main campground the open spots will be filled in the priority of the overflow list, by guests in the overflow or reservation area. The campground host will hold a meeting each morning in the overflow area to inform guests of which sites will be available that day, and allow priority access to those sites based on the overflow camping list.
Only guests camping, and registered in the overflow area will be prioritized for placement into the main campground sites. If a guest is not camping in the overflow or reservation areas they cannot register for placement into the main campground.
If you have any further questions on how the first come, first served system works please do not hesitate to ask any park staff, or email Kaloya Contracting at email@example.com.
About This Park
Lush forests offer a pleasant retreat from the more crowded urban centres. The park’s sandy shoreline is backed by a cool forest of hemlock, red cedar and birch, in sharp contrast to the drier ponderosa pine/Douglas-fir forests to the west. Squirrels often visit the campsites and painted turtles can be seen at Taylor Creek. Deer, black bear and even moose can be seen occasionally as well as a variety of birdlife and water fowl.
Mabel Lake is a fisherman’s destination park as several local fishing derbies are held in the park each year. It is not uncommon to find a handful of fisherman enjoying the peaceful spring months, fishing off the beach. Opportunities for rainbow trout are available here year round.
Temperatures are warm in the summer but rarely extreme, making this a great campsite for those who prefer a cooler locale than the Okanagan Valley. The natural setting and access to a 35 km long lake make this a popular destination for all ages.
Established Date: December 21, 1972
Park Size: 193 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
||Campground: April 7 – Thanksgiving weekend (October 9)
Day-use/boat launch: Open year round (as long as weather allows park access)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 7 – Thanksgiving weekend (October 9)|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Trinity: May 18 – May 21 and June 16 – September 3
Monashee: May 18 – September 3
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||84|
|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 and group site 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.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting April 7 to October 8.
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: Mabel Lake Provincial Park was established in 1972. The lake was named after Mabel Charles, daughter of a Hudson’s Bay Company manager during the late nineteenth century.
- Conservation: The area’s climate and landscapes mark the dramatic transition from the Okanagan Basin to the Quesnel/Shuswap Highlands. To the west, the slopes of the Thompson Plateau are covered in Ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, while on the east side of Mabel Lake the wetter and steeper slopes of the Shuswap Highlands grade into the Monashee Mountains. For visitors accustomed to the dry Okanagan forests, the cedar and hemlock of Mabel Lake clearly indicate the greater rainfall in this valley.
- Wildlife: Squirrels often visit the campsites and painted turtles can be seen at Taylor Creek. Deer, black bears and moose can be seen occasionally as well as a variety of birdlife and water fowl.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- There is currently no approved valid management plan for this area. Management plans are prepared as soon as practicable, subject to available resources and the ability of key planning partners to participate.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a group camping area at this park. Access is through the Monashee Campground but well separated from it by forest allowing for privacy. Taylor Creek flows beside the area. There is an open gravel parking area next to the 80 square metre wood frame/log picnic shelter. There are picnic tables under the shelter and a large fire pit beside it. There is space in an open grassy area for approximately 10 tents and in an adjacent gravel area surrounded by trees for a further 10 tents or several RVs. The area has two taps and two flush toilets. The group campsites are open from April 7 to October 9. Click here for reservation information.
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!
Depending on water levels, it is possible to walk the beach the entire length of the park from the boat launch to Taylor Creek. Taylor Creek braids and forms a delta as it enters the lake. Sandy floodplains form underwater as the light sand settles out of the stream in miniature example of the geologic process that formed many parts of the Okanagan Valley.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The Trinity Campground consists of sites 37-84 arranged in three loops and includes four double sites. The roads are single lane gravel. This is the first campground encountered when driving into the camping area. The loops are set in a thick forest of cedar and hemlock that provide shade and privacy with a forest floor carpeted in moss. The loops are separated by open grassy areas and linked by a trail that runs the length of both campgrounds. The sites consist of medium to large gravel spurs that have been raised and levelled. The abundance of trees may make parking difficult for some large RVs.
The Monashee Campground consists of sites 1-36 arranged in two smaller loops and includes eight double sites. The sites are generally smaller than those in the Trinity Campground and the forest is thicker allowing for more privacy. There are more double sites but these are also smaller and perfect for trucks with campers. The sites are gravel but not raised.
Campsite reservations are accepted at this park and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
There is no phone in the park and the closest store for snacks and other small items is right next to the boat launch. For more services, Lumby is the closest community.