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Otter Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Otter Lake Provincial 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.

Park Size: 51 hectares

Stay Safe:
  • 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 15 – September 28 (gate is closed during off-season)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 15 – September 28 (dates subject to change depending on weather)
Campground Reservable Dates: May 16 – August 31
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 45
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
36
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.

Reservations

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

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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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. The park is located 33 km northwest of Princeton off Hwy 5A toward Coalmont and Tulameen and the route is well marked with signs. There is also access from Hwy 97C, Coquihalla Connector Hwy – turn at Aspen Grove, which is Hwy 5A, and follow signs. A 34 km gravel road leaves Hwy 5A just past the Kentucky-Alleyne turnoff. It leads through sections of the Nicola Ranch to approach Otter Lake from the north. The roads, both from Tulameen and the gravel road from the north, are narrow and winding with limited visibility. Use caution and yield to logging trucks.

Maps and Brochures

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

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking allowed on Otter Lake. The narrow lake is ideal for non-motorized watercraft with plenty of shoreline to explore opposite the campground.
Cycling

Cycling

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

Fishing

Otter Lake is stocked by the Summerland Trout Hatchery with rainbow trout fry resulting in excellent sport fishing opportunities. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Ice fishing is possible on Otter Lake.
Hiking

Hiking

There is a nature trail along the lake. 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. 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.

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

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.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. A small beach at the campground boat launch provides a spot to swim though it is better at the day-use area in Tulameen.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Waterskiing is allowed on Otter Lake.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Ice fishing is possible on Otter Lake.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

The campground has a concrete, single lane boat launch without a dock. Caution - in August when water is low, the campsite boat launch drops off at end of launch about 5” to 6”. There is a small gravel turn-around area above the boat launch which is accessed from the 17 spot gravel parking lot via a short, single lane gravel road. Two pit toilets are in the trees beside the parking lot along with two horseshoe pits. A narrow strip of coarse sand extends from the boat launch towards the western shore of the lake. There is also a public gravel boat launch in Tulameen.
Campfires

Campfires

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

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

Picnic Areas

Otter Lake has a day-use/picnic area approximately 5 km south of the campground in Tulameen at the end of Sixth Street. It is a popular spot with residents. There is parking for roughly 20 vehicles. Six tables are located around the edge of an open, grassy area. Shrubs and aspen provide shade around the tables. There are two pit toilets (neither wheelchair accessible) and a handpump for well water. A beach of fine sand forms a strip around the end of the lake which is great for swimming. Though there are no buoys, an anchored wooden float sits off shore. The water is clear and the bottom sandy with a few pebbles.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

There are four pit toilets and four flush toilets located in the campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, including 5 double sites and 5 pull-through sites. The pull-through sites have slightly curved parking and may not accommodate motorhomes over 30 feet. The gate to the park is closed during the off-season. While there is no gatehouse, an information shelter, telephone and handpump water source are located at the entrance to the park. The small sites are spread out in a dense forest of Douglas fir trees that provides privacy, shade and a natural setting. Large, mature Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine are found in small numbers. Though the abundance of trees adds to the ambience of the campground, they may also make the entrances to some of the sites a little narrow for some larger RVs. The sites are gravel and have a fire ring and picnic table on a cement pad. There are no BBQ attachments.

Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $21.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.50 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.