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- Roadways can be very busy. Whether you are walking, cycling, roller-blading, skateboarding or driving, please be careful. Always yield to the slowest mode of travel; e.g., cyclists yield to walkers. Obey all traffic regulations and rules of the road. Trails are located along many roadsides – walkers, please use them.
Park ContactThis park proudly operated by:
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
September 6, 2018: Shuswap Lake Campground will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis until October 8, 2018
BC Parks, in cooperation with the Park Operator, will be keeping two lanes and associated facilities open within the campground past September 24, until the end of the Thanksgiving Day weekend. While construction activities will continue during this time period, we felt it is important to provide some camping opportunities for visitors to the attend the Salmon Salute at Tsu’swecw (Roderick Haig-Brown) Park. Please be advised that, if freezing temperatures are experienced during this extended period, the water systems may need to be shut down in order to protect our facilities. Please be prepared for that eventuality if you are camping here at this time of the year.
March 26, 2018: Shuswap Lake Provincial Park will be closed two weeks early
Due to construction in the park, Shuswap Lake Provincial Park will be closed for the season on September 24, 2018. Visitors to the park are welcome prior to this date. This is for the safety of all park visitors and your cooperation during this next phase of campground improvement is appreciated.
About This Park
A very popular destination, the park operates at capacity from early July to Labour Day (early September).
The park is situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek, has one kilometre of sandy, pebble beach, and includes the whole of Copper Island. The park also offers a large grassy play area, an adventure playground, a large boat launch, and a self-guiding nature trail.
Boaters may wish to visit Copper Island, located 1.3 kilometres offshore. A 2.8 km hiking trail provides beautiful views of the area. Please note that overnight camping, including houseboats, and campfires are prohibited on the island.
Supplies, groceries, and many recreational opportunities including bumper boats, mini-golf driving range, go-carts, para-sailing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, boat and jet-ski rentals are offered by near-by businesses.
Established Date: November 14, 1956
Park Size: 149 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
||Campground is open from
May 1 – September 25
(gate is closed during the off-season and the Campground is closed)
During the off-season, day-use area is accessible via Ashe Road.
Beach and boat launch are open year-round (these areas are accessed via day-use area in the off season.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – September 25
Off-season: self-contained units in the day-use area; no services.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||
May 1 – September 25
Please note: Sites 56-177 are closed for reservations from May 1-18, May 22-June 15 and September 4-September 25, 2017
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: campground is 100% reservable||274|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if 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.|
Know Before You Go
- Security – During peak periods, security is on a 24-hour basis. During peak periods, security can be contacted at the Gate Office between 7 am and 11 pm and at the Main Gate from 11 pm to 7 am.
- Quiet Hours – are 10 pm to 7 am. Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours. Disturbances will not be tolerated and those who cause a disturbance may be fined or evicted.
- Alcohol – It is an offense to possess or consume alcohol in a public place.
- Hibachis and Campstoves – can burn the picnic tables. Please do not use them on the tables.
- Valuables – when left unattended or at night, should be stored out of sight and locked up at all times. Please report all thefts to the Park Facility Operator as soon as possible.
- Forts and Chalk – The building of forts in the wooded areas and using chalk on the roadways are not permitted.
- Traffic Safety – The speed limit within the park is 20 km/hour.
- Parking – is prohibited on the side of the road. Please park on the graveled portion of your campsite or in designated parking spaces. Vehicles parked in the day-use area after 11 pm may be towed.
- Motorcycles – are permitted on park roads only. Motorcycles must be properly licenced and must be operated by a licenced driver only. Helmets must be worn.
- High Water – depending on late spring or early summer rainfall, there may be limited beach area due to high water levels of the lake.
All campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are required for all campsites in this park from May 1 to October 8.
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: Shuswap Lake Provincial Park was established in 1956 and was named for the Shuswap Natives, whose artifacts are found in this area.
Activities Available at this Park
Only specific trails are open to bike use. Ensure all bikes stay on trails. With heavy vehicle use on park roads, ensure youngsters are supervised. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
To protect the park vegetation, cyclists are not permitted on the nature trails, grassy areas, or on the shoulders and banks of park roads. Cyclists are permitted on the park perimeter trail and the beach trail but must give way to pedestrians/hikers. All bike paths are gravel.
Regularly scheduled interpretive programs may be available during July and August.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that teaches basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for more information.
Pets on Leash
Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Facilities Available at this Park
A paved double boat launch, no limit to size (vehicle towed) located within the day-use area. Hours are 7:00 am to 9:30 pm; no fee; large parking lot (no overnight storage).
During times of low lake water levels, usually September to April, please check the section of boat launch underwater to ensure launching can be completed successfully with your unit.
The launch is not steep. Boats are prohibited from staying overnight on the park beach. There is a marina to the parks immediate west and there are several other marinas located around the lake. Water skiing and windsurfing are allowed on the lake. Safe boating procedures should be practiced at all times. Be aware of swimming areas. Get a weather forecast, and be alert to changing weather. Personal watercraft must obey all boating regulations.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
There is a group campsite at this park. The group site has a covered shelter and large grassy area. There are several individual campsites to allow some privacy in the group site. The site is open from May 1 to September 30. Reservation information »
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
The sani-dump is located is along the entrance road near the service yard. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers large vehicle accessible campsites. There are 25 double camping sites. No pull-through sites are available. Almost all sites offer shade at different periods throughout the day. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. The campground has a gatehouse that is manned from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm during the peak periods.