Steelhead Provincial Park
As of April 23, 2013:
- BC Parks is temporarily closing the southern portion of Steelhead Park due to public safety concerns and potential impacts to cultural heritage sites.
- This closure does not affect the campground area.
- BC Parks is actively working to reopen the area as soon as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience.
About This ParkA convenient overnight camping and picnicking spot for travelers on Highway #1, this is also a popular destination camp for visitors enjoying boating and fishing on Kamloops Lake, at the head of the Thompson River.
The park offers 240 metres of beach on the lake and 1,000 metres of frontage along the river. The Savona community offers the amenities of a small town.
Park Size: 38 hectares
- A public pay telephone is located at the residence/shower building.
- The extremely hot, dry climate can result in over-exposure to the sun. Everyone in your party should wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and a hat with a brim.
- Caution should be exercised when swimming or boating due to currents at the end of the beach where the lake drains into the river mouth.
| 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 1 – October 12
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 1 – October 12
(Services may be available and fees charged later/earlier than this date, weather permitting. For confirmation, please use the contact information listed to the left.)
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||44|
|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.|
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History - The park was established in 1995. It is the site of one of the oldest homesteads in the southern interior and well as a stagecoach depot and ferry landing. The historic buildings and cemetery are still located on site. As a former private campground, the park has electrical and water hook-ups that are not common in provincial parks.
- Cultural Heritage - First Nations have been very involved in protection and interpretation of heritage sites and artifacts found within the park. The site relates to First Nations fishing dating back to 10,000 years ago.
- Conservation - Vegetation is fragile due to the hot, dry climate. Sagebrush, prickly pear cactus and bunchgrasses prevail. Pink salmon spawn at the river mouth. The largest section of the park is on the south side of Highway # 1 and is established as a natural environment zone.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved management plan for Steelhead Provincial Park [PDF 429.11KB] is available in PDF format.
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
There are both canoeing and kayaking opportunities on Kamloops Lake. Use caution as the lake is narrow and windstorms can create very rough water. A popular activity is canoeing from Steelhead Park to Cache Creek.
Cycling is permitted and must keep to the roadways. Helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing for trout, salmon and of course steelhead is popular. A valid BC angling licence is required and must be carried with you when fishing.
For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
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 with bears.
Swimming is available at this beautiful sandy beach but visitors should use caution and be aware of the currents as the water from the lake drains into the river. There are no lifeguards on duty in Provincial Parks.
There are waterskiing opportunities at this park.
There are windsurfing opportunities on Kamloops Lake.
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a boat launch for car top boats. A public boat launch is located in the town of Savona, a 2 minute drive from the park.
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.
Potable drinking water is available from water posts located in the campgrounds. Water hook-ups are available at the 10 electrical hook-up sites.
This park offers 10 campsites with electrical hookups.
Day-use facilities are located near the river and offer very little shade. There are 10 picnic tables. A large gravel parking lot is adjacent to the day-use area.
Pit or Flush Toilets
There is one pit toilet and a toilet building.
There is a shower building.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Steelhead offers 44 campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - no reservations are accepted. There are 22 campsites that overlook the lake and 10 of these are supplied with water and power hook-ups. There are three sites that overlook the river, 12 informal sites are located in a field and are roomy enough for large vehicles to pull through and five side-by-side sites exist as a parking-lot style overflow. There are very few trees in the campground and most sites are side by side, similar to an RV campground. Sites will accommodate small to large camping units. If there are no staff at the campground upon arrival, choose a site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day. The gates at Steelhead are not locked at night. Amenities are found in Savona, a two-minute drive from the campground.
Campsites with electrical hookups
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $25.00 per party / night
BC Senior's Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Campsites without electricity
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $21.00 per party / night
BC Senior's Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
The pit toilets are wheelchair accessible.