New for 2018: As of December 14, 2017, the Silver Lake Provincial Park campground will offer campsite reservations via our Discover Camping Reservation Service.
About This Park
Situated in the scenic Skagit Valley, Silver Lake Provincial Park is a small, largely undeveloped lakefront area. Visitors can enjoy fishing, picnicking and boating (10Hp motor limit) against a spectacular mountain backdrop or take pleasure in a rustic camping experience.
Park Size: 77 hectares
Wood ticks are most prevalent between March and June. These parasites live in tall grass and low shrubs, and seek out warm-blooded hosts. As potential carriers of disease, they should be avoided. See more information on wood ticks and removal, see HealthLinkBC.
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,
May 1 – October 14
Gate is closed during the off-season.
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:
May 1 – October 14
Campground Reservable Dates:
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
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.
The park is located 12 km southwest of Hope in the beautiful Skagit Valley. From the south: from Highway #1 watch for Silver/Skagit Provincial Park signs approaching Flood-Hope Road (Exit #168). Follow the blue park signs, turn right onto Flood-Hope Road, travel approximately 1 km to turn right on Silver Skagit Road. From the north: take either Exit #170 or #168 to Flood-Hope Road, and follow the signs to Silver Skagit Road. Travel this scenic route along the valley bottom, the first 2 km on pavement, the remainder on gravel. At 6 km watch for the park signs at a bridge on your right. Turn right and go over the bridge. It is 1 km in to the park.
Maps and Brochures
Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
History: The park was designated to Provincial Park status in February 1964.
Cultural Heritage: Silver Lake was a traditional First Nations fishing area.
Conservation: The park lies within the Coastal Western hemlock, Douglas fir and western red cedar. The understory is characterized by ferns and mosses. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage. Please do not damage or remove them.
Wildlife: The park provides habitat to small resident mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons. Transient species include blacktail deer, black bear and a variety of birds. Steelhead, Dolly Varden and trainbow trout can be found in Silver Lake. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears and other wildlife.
Approved Management Plan [PDF] 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
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
While Silver Lake is
not included in the park boundaries, it provides excellent trout fishing
opportunities. Catch and release only, single barbless hook, 10Hp motor limit for Silver Lake. Licences
are available for purchase in Hope/Silver Hope Creek approximately 8
km away. Ice fishing is not recommended. Anyone fishing
or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate
There is only one short, 1km trail, which follows the west side of lake down an old road bed.
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
There is lake swimming available; however, there is no roped off area.
There are no wharfs or docks available. Drop offs occur. There are no
lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a 2 wheel
drive accessible, single wide, gravel boat launch for small boats located
near the day-use and campground areas. There is a parking area for vehicles
and boat trailers; however, no overnight parking is available. Boats can
be left in the water or beached overnight at owners own risk. 10Hp motor limit for Silver Lake. There are no docks or marina. Water skiing is not recommended.
Campfires are permitted in the campground fire rings only.
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.
There are two hand pumps available in the campground.
Water is tested weekly and safe to drink unless posted otherwise.
This park has a day-use/picnic area. There are no public shelters available. There is approximately 1 hectare of grassy area. There is a small rocky/sandy beach available. There are pit toilets, but no change houses. There are no campfires permitted in the day-use area and no barbeque facilities. The day-use area is available to foot traffic when gates are locked.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park has pit toilets located in the campground and day-use areas. There are no flush toilets or showers.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
There is one campground with 25 sites (3 double sites). There are no waterfront or pull-through sites. There is no service yard in this park.
Firewood is available through the Park Operator when they drive through collecting camping fees, cash is the only form of payment accepted. The nearest pay phone is located in Hope, approximately 10 km away. Limited cell phone service may be available.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.