This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Otter Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
If you’re looking for privacy in a natural setting, Otter Lake is ideal for old-fashioned camping. The park has two locations, a main picnic/day-use area in Tulameen and a lovely lakeside campground about 5 km further north along the road.
The Cascade Mountain Range surrounds the park and includes awesome canyons and clear flowing streams. Large numbers of otter, beaver and red squirrel inhabit the area, as well as, mountain goats, cougars and grizzly bears. Fishermen will find time spent on Otter Lake rewarding, with large lake trout being the catch of the day.
The scenic lakeside campground is an ideal base for those who want to explore the mining history of the Tulameen area.Established Date: February 11, 1963
Park Size: 49 hectares
- If you travel off the beaten path in this park, let someone know where you are going and carry a compass. Areas bordering the park include canyons and beautiful, rugged terrain which can be confusing.
- The extremely hot, dry Okanagan climate can result in overexposure to the sun. You should use a sunscreen and wear a hat during long periods in the sun.
- Streams – currents can be deceptively fast in streams. Cross them with caution and be sure of your footing at all times.
| 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 19 – September 24 (gate is closed during off-season)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 19 – September 24 (dates subject to change depending on weather)|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Sites 1 to 26: May 19 – September 3
Sites 27 to 45: May 19 – May 21 and June 16 – September 3
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||45|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
||45 – Campground is 100% reservable|
|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.
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: Tulameen, just 5 km south of the campground, is an area steeped in mining history and pioneer legend. It was formerly used by First Nations as a base camp for hunting and trapping. The fur trade attracted the Hudson’s Bay Company to the area and their fur brigades used a route which passed through the town. They named it “Encampment des Femmes” after the women who waited for their men out trapping or on the brigades. (Also known as Otter Flat in later years this spot was officially named Tulameen in 1901 – a native name referring to deposits of “red earth” (ochre) found in this area.)
Gold brought people to the region in the late 1890’s and Granite Creek became the third largest city in B.C. rivalling Vancouver and Victoria. Communities sprung up on the strength of the coal and copper mining industry and attracted the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) and the Granby Mining Company. The region became Canada’s sole supplier of platinum and its coal powered the KVR and the VV&E, part of the Great Northern Railway. Today, crumbling building foundations and the empty rail-bed of the KVR winding towards the horizon are echoes of a prosperous past.
Activities Available at this Park
Ice fishing is possible on Otter Lake.
Across the lake, and visible from the campground and day-use area, is the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail will be a shared-use recreation trail that will wind its way through every Province and Territory forming the longest trail of its kind in the world, spanning approximately 17, 898 kilometres. It will accommodate five core activities: walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (where possible/desired). It follows the Kettle Valley Railway line past Otter Lake on its way from Princeton to Merritt.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The park offers services during the peak season from May 19th to September 24th. From May 19th, to September 3rd, all of the sites in Otter Lake Campground are reservable. During this period, non-occupied reservation sites can accommodate first-come, first-served customers for one, or perhaps more nights, depending on availability.