- 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.
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
Phone: 250 320-9305
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
- Updated August 19, 2015: Launch repairs are completed at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park.
Temporary repair work has been completed at the boat launch to allow for public use. However BC Parks advises that water levels are low and continue to recede daily. Therefore extra caution and a review of your equipment and the launch should be made prior to backing your vessel down the ramp. Extra care when launching or retrieving your vessel will help ensure the long term life of our facility, and avoid damage to your equipment.
About This ParkA 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.
Park Size: 149 hectares
- 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.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
||Campground is open from
May 1 – October 12
(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 – October 12
Off-season: self-contained units in the day-use area; no fee; no services.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 1 – September 30|
|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.|
ReservationsAll 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 September 30.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting May 1 to September 27.
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.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 18.39KB] for Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
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.
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
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.
View the Annual Drinking Water System Report [pdf]: Shuswap Lake Report
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 $100.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!