Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
Boat traffic is heavy near Mara Park: swim only in designated areas.
Mara Lake Provincial Park
About This ParkA popular day-use area for locals as well as travelers, Mara Lake Park is noted for fishing, swimming, boating, and as a family picnic area.
Note that this is a day-use park only: no overnight camping is permitted, and mooring of boats overnight is not allowed.
Established Date: May 31, 1938
Park Size: 13 hectares (7 hectares of upland and 6 hectares of foreshore)
- The nearest public telephones are at resorts and stores located a few kilometres south of the park, or north in Sicamous.
- If your boat has recently been out of the Province, inspect it for invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels before entering the water. for more information, here is the link to the Invasive Species of British Columbia web page.
- Please help to prevent the spread of Eurasian Water Milfoil by removing all weeds from your boat and motor before launching and after removing it from the lake.
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.
- Mara Provincial Park Map [PDF 291KB]
Nature and Culture
- History: Established in 1938.
- Cultural Heritage: There is evidence of prehistoric use of this site by native people.
- Conservation: The shore of Mara Lake is important habitat for salmon.
- General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 132.26KB] for Mara Lake Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Canoeing, kayaking, power-boating; please note that no boats are to be moored in the park overnight.
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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 no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
A paved boat launch is provided.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
This park has a day-use/picnic area and a parking area/lot.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.
Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.