During flood season in June and July, currents can be very fast and powerful in the main part of the river.
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
Blackwell Park Operations Ltd.
Click here to view Blackwell Park Operations Ltd’s webpage for additional information.
BC Visitor Information Centre (Clearwater)
North Thompson River Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
September 26, 2018: North Thompson River Provincial Park closed until further notice
Due to a developing situation, the Clearwater RCMP have closed North Thompson Provincial Park to public use. Visitors looking for camping opportunities are advised to seek local camping venues in Clearwater, or proceed up into the corridor of Wells Gray Provincial Park where camping is available. Additional options can be explored by inquiring at the Wells Gray Information Centre. BC Parks would like to thank you for your patience and will update you on future developments via this website.
About This 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
- 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.|
ReservationsAll campsite 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.
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: 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
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.