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
As of Sept 23, 2013 - The Trinity loop of the Mable Lake campground is closed for construction until further notice. Persons camping in the Monashee loop should be aware there may be construction occurring in the Trinity loop between 8:00am – 4:30pm daily.
New for the 2013 camping season:
Starting on May 7th at 7:00 AM (DST) the Monashee loops of the Mabel Lake frontcountry campsite will available for reservations through Discover Camping (reservations will be accepted for dates between June 25 through Labour Day).
- 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 Quality Recreation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About This ParkWell off the beaten track, nestled in a beautiful mountain setting are the quieter, sandy beaches of Mabel Lake Provincial 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.
Park Size: 187 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.)
|Year round (as long as weather allows park access)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 1 – Thanksgiving weekend (Oct 14)|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||June 25 through Labour Day|
|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 reservable, vehicle accessible campsites and group sites must be reserved through Discover Camping.
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 1 to October 13.
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.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The Interim Policy Statement for Mabel Lake Provincial Park [PDF 38KB] is available online 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
Pets on Leash
Please Note: Swimmers itch may be present at Deer Lake and Hicks Lake. To prevent swimmers itch, check out the BC Healthfiles page.
Facilities Available at this Park
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $70.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).
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 RV’s.
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 campground 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.