Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF 79KB].
Stemwinder Provincial Park
About This ParkA small pine-dotted camping area by the Similkameen River. Anglers like to try their luck from the rock-covered shoreline.
Stay Safe: Be aware that the river runs fast and excellent swimming skills are required. Also, keep your eyes open for poison ivy along the riverbank.
Established Date: March 16, 1956
Park Size: 4 hectares
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.)
|April 7 – September 25
(gate is closed during off-season)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 7 – September 25
Off-season: no fee, no services
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 19 – September 3|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||27|
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 campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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: Established March 16, 1956.
- Cultural Heritage: Early native habitation is evident by rock artifacts and the pithouse depression.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 23.19KB] for Stemwinder Provincial Park is available in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Anglers like to try their luck from the rock covered shoreline. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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.
Facilities Available at this 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.
There is one hand pump for water located near the info shelter.
Pit or Flush Toilets
This park only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers 27 vehicle accessible campsites, including one pull-through site. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are available. The small sites are located on two levels overlooking the Similkameen River amidst mature Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine trees that shade most of the sites. The sites on the upper level are more open, those closer to the river more treed. Campers can self-register if there are no staff present by depositing their fee in the self-registration vault beside the information shelter at the entrance to the park. There is no phone in the park. Hedley is the closest store and Princeton has the nearest hospital, fire, ambulance and police services.
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.
The roads in the park are paved and there is one wheelchair accessible pit toilet.