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
Visitor Information
  • Wood ticks are most prevalent between March and June. These parasites reside in tall grass and low shrubbery and seek out warm-blooded hosts. Although they are potential carriers of disease, they are a natural part of the environment and can be easily avoided. Your legs should be protected by wearing trousers tucked into socks or gaiters. After outdoor activity, thoroughly examine yourself. Check your pets for ticks as well.
  • The CNR train tracks bisect the park close to the lake. Visitors should note it is illegal to cross tracks unless it is at a designated track crossing.

Painted Bluffs Provincial Park

About This Park

Painted Bluffs Provincial Park

Protecting a small area of geological significance on the north shore of Kamloops Lake, the interesting feature giving the park its name can be seen both on site and from viewpoints across Kamloops Lake. The distinctive multi-coloured rocks and soils on an intrusion of batholithic rocks provide a muted rainbow of colour.

Note that no camping or day-use facilities are provided.

Park Size: 100 hectares

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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. Located 34 km west of Kamloops; there is no road access to the park. Land-based access to this park is not possible due to the surrounding private property. The park can be accessed by watercraft from Kamloops Lake.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Established on April 30, 1996 as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resources Management Plan.
  • Cultural Heritage: Native copper diggings and historic mine sites are found here. The Hudson Bay Brigade Trail crossed the northeast corner, en route Carabine Creek.
  • Conservation: Protects a small area of geological significance with related soils and vegetation on the shore of Kamloops Lake. Fluvial fans cross the area, with low elevation big sage and bluebunch wheatgrass in excellent condition.
  • Wildlife: The area is noted for concentrations of California bighorn sheep.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the lake but launching would have to take place from Savona.
Fishing

Fishing

Fishing opportunities area available from the foreshore of this park on Kamloops Lake. Fishing is for rainbow trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted only during lawful game hunting season. Check with Hunting and Trapping Synopsis for regulations.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Backcountry areas are rarely suited for dogs due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears. Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. You are responsible for the behaviour of pets and domestic animals 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.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

There are waterskiing opportunities on Kamloops Lake.