Paul Lake Provincial Park
- Access to park is open. Full Services and fees by Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
About This ParkPaul Lake Provincial Park is nestled in a mixed forest of Douglas-fir, pine and aspen. The park offers a large campground, a sani-station and an adventure playground. In addition there is a popular day-use area with beach and cartop boat launch, and over seven kilometres of hiking trails. This lovely lakeshore campground is within a half-hour drive of Kamloops and there are many tourist attractions in the area.
Easy access, beautiful scenery, plentiful fishing and a diversity of outdoor recreational activities make Paul Lake a popular destination.
Arrive early as the campground fills up quickly!
Park Size: 670 hectares
- The trail to Gibraltar Rock offers magnificent views of the lake and mountains.
- The Paul Lake group campsite is located at the opposite end of the lake from the main campground.
| 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 9 – September 15
(Approximately - Main gate is closed when snow impedes vehicle traffic)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 15 – September 15
(Services may be available and fees charged later/earlier than this date, weather permitting - for confirmation, please use the park contact information listed to the left.) Off-season: self-contained units in day use area; no fee; no services.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||90|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|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 reserveable, vehicle accessible campsites and group sites must be reserved through Discover Camping.
Group Camp/Picnic Reservations:
Group campsite and/or group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park.
Reservations are not accepted for individual campsites at Paul Lake; these sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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 - The original 402 hectares was designated as a park in 1961, with an additional 268 hectares added in 1996. The park addition was created as a result of recommendations made in the Kamloops Land and Resource Management Plan.
- Conservation - The 1996 addition to Paul Lake Provincial Park adds interior Douglas-fir forests, including stands of old growth. It protects habitat for the falcon, white-throated swift, bald eagle, coyote and mule deer.
- Wildlife - A popular area for bird-watching, with osprey, swallows, and white-throated swifts. The park protects habitat for the falcon, white-throated swift, bald eagle, coyote and mule deer.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Paul Lake Provincial Park [PDF 93.12KB] is now available in PDF format.
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
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. Campfires must not exceed half a metre in height. Keep fires small, save trees and conserve firewood. Do not leave your campfire unattended. This is a high-risk forest fire area.
View the Annual Drinking Water System Reports [pdf]: Paul_Lake
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $70.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).
Vehicle Accessible Camping
There are three double sites and no pull through. If staff is not around when you arrive at the campground, choose your site and pay later when they drop by to collect. The gate to the park is locked between 11:00pm and 7:00am. Only registered campers are allowed in the campground after 11:00pm and quiet time is between 10:00pm and 7:00am. The nearest public telephone is in the day use or at Pinantan Country Store, five minutes from the park; turn right at the park entrance.