In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Visitor Information

During flood season in June and July, currents can be very fast and powerful in the main part of the river.

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Blackwell Park Operations Ltd.
Phone: 250-587-2090

Click here to view Blackwell Park Operations Ltd’s webpage for additional information.

BC Visitor Information Centre (Clearwater)
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

North Thompson River Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • July 17, 2018: North Thompson River Park has re-opened
    • This applies to North Thompson River Park, only.
    • BC Parks is pleased to announce that, after a recent closure, North Thompson River Park re-opened at 8 am Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
    • BC Parks would like to thank the public for their patience during this closure.
    • For those campers that had reservations cancelled, a follow-up email is being sent to you with additional information about re-booking your camping experience.
    • If you had a camping reservation at North Thompson River Park cancelled due to this park closure, you are encouraged to call Discover Camping Reservations at 1-800-689-9025 to speak to a reservation agent.
    • BC Parks would also like to thank the Wells Gray Information Centre, Tourism Wells Gray, Park Operators and local area businesses for helping to accommodate our displaced campers.

About This Park

North Thompson River Provincial Park

A lovely campground situated at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Thompson Rivers. Popular with travellers on Hwy #5, with young families, or as a base camp for visitors exploring Wells Gray Park and the Clearwater area.

Established Date: November 16, 1967
Park Size: 126 hectares

Special Notes:

  • At a viewpoint overlooking the meeting of the two rivers, the green of the Clearwater can be easily distinguished from the muddy brown of the North Thompson.
  • Services such as gas, propane and food may be found in Clearwater. Information on Wells Gray and other provincial parks can be found at the Wells Gray Travel Information Centre in Clearwater.
  • Attractions in the area include a miniature railroad, gallery, museum, river rafting, guided horseback riding, rowboat rentals, bike rentals, mini-golf and 18-hole golf, boat tours and hiking.
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 1 – September 30
Gate is closed during the off-season.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 1 – September 30 Off-season: day-use area is open.
Campground Reservable Dates: May 11 – September 15
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 60
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: 53
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.


All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

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Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. 5 km south of Clearwater, just off Hwy #5.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Established in 1967.
  • Cultural Heritage: Traditional use by Shuswap First Nations is indicated by the remnants of kekuli (pit houses) and food cache pits along the riverbanks.
  • Conservation: The park is on the boundary between the drier south and the wet interior. Visitors will find Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine and juniper next to cedar or spruce. Beneath the trees, soopolallie, wild rose, hazelnut, Saskatoon and devil’s club can be found.
  • Wildlife: Squirrels, deer mice and shrews are common with the occasional visits from marten, coyote, deer, moose and black bears. Birds include chickadees, varied thrush, woodpeckers, flickers, swallows and jays. Bald eagles and ospreys can be seen fishing for Dolly Varden, rainbow trout and chinook salmon.

Activities Available at this Park



Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.


For anglers who enjoy river fishing, there are several vantage points easily accessible within the park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


There are four easy, short trails within the park.
Northside Trail 1.1 km 20 minutes; Southside Trail 0.5 km 10 minutes; Campground Loop 1.2 km 25 minutes (including trail from parking lot to campground);
and the Terrace Loop 1.3 km 30 minutes. 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 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.

Facilities Available at this Park



While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.


Excellent adventure playground for small children.


A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.