Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
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].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
E-mail: parkinquiries@telus.net
Phone: 250 320-9305

Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Niskonlith Lake Provincial Park Niskonlith Lake offers rustic camping and is popular for swimming, fishing and boating. There are limited facilities, so campers should be self-sufficient.

Established Date: September 4, 1975

Park Size: 275 hectares on the north side of Niskonlith Lake

Special Notes:
  • Due to limited facilities, only small car-top type boats can be launched at the park site.
  • The nearest public telephone is at Chase, 8 km away.
  • 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.
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 13 – September 8
Gate is never locked.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 13 – September 8
Off-season: no fee, no services
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 29
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Not applicable
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.
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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. 8 km of gravel road, northwest from Hwy #1 at Chase (east of Kamloops). The closest communities to this park are Chase, Scotch Creek, Sorrento, Salmon Arm and Kamloops.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Established in 1975.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking are popular.
Cycling

Cycling

Cycling is permitted only on roads.
Fishing

Fishing

Fishing is popular at Niskonlith Lake for kokanee and rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for scuba diving. The lake is popular with beginner divers.
Swimming

Swimming

There is no designated swimming area. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There is an excellent opportunity to view the Chase community, the Thompson Valley, and Little Shuswap Lake as you climb out of the valley on Niskonlith Lake road on your way to the park.
Windsurfing

Windsurfing

There are windsurfing opportunities.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Many of this parks trails are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. The trails are not maintained in the winter months. There is limited road access to the Park entrance during the winter.

There are ice fishing opportunities in this park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a launching area for car-top boats. Niskonlith Lake has a 10 horse power motor restriction.
Campfires

Campfires

Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator in some parks or you can bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Bring a portable stove for cooking.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 29 vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis – campsite reservations are not accepted. Most of the campsites within the park are suitable for campers and small trailers only; however there are more open camping spots at the south end of the campground that may allow for larger trailers. Most sites are shaded. There is no gatehouse at this park. There is limited parking for extra vehicles.

The operating season for this park is May 15th to September 15th. The park may be accessible earlier and later depending on weather.
Self registration
– please choose a site and self register at the pay station.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $13.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $6.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.