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Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact This park proudly operated by:
West Kootenay Park Management Inc.
E-mail: office@westkootenayparks.com
Phone: 866 937-5734

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Summit Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Summit Lake Provincial Park

Park visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout or swimming in the lake’s clear, refreshing mountain water.

Mountain goats can often be viewed on rocky outcroppings and in late summer a natural spectacle occurs as thousands of toads emerge from the lake and migrate to the nearby forest to hibernate for the winter.

Park Size: 6 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.)

May 15 – September 21
(Gate is closed during the off-season)

Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 15 – September 21
Off-season: If full services are provided – full fees are in effect. If no services provided - sites are user maintained with no fee. For details contact Park Operator.
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 34
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served) Not 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.

 

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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Located in the southern interior, Summit Lake Provincial Park is situated on Hwy 6, 18 kilometres southeast of Nakusp, a 15-minute drive and 26 km southwest of New Denver, a 20-minute drive.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: The park was established in 1964. The campground was constructed in 1999 to allow local and holiday destination outdoor recreation opportunities. The park helps diversify local community tourism attractions. Summit Lake Park lies in the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket, Okanagan and Shuswap first nation traditional territories.
  • Conservation: This 6 hectare park lies with in the Nakusp range of the Selkirk Mountains. The park features important migration and breeding habitat for western toads, particularly on the northern end of the lake. These primarily nocturnal and terrestrial amphibians frequent the park, usually in late summer when tadpoles undergo metamorphism. In addition to the western toad habitat, a variety of ecosystems associated with wetlands and riparian areas are abundant immediately adjacent to the park. A “proposed” addition would include this area, which consists of a series of three small islands and upland forests containing mature douglas fir and western red cedar. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the parks natural heritage - please do not damage or remove them.
  • Wildlife: Please note the toads in this park, like all animals are protected under the Park and Wildlife Acts. Please care for them by not disturbing their habitat and by observing them from a distance. Also, the islands near the campground present excellent nesting opportunities for shorebirds and provide perching refuge for eagles, hawks and kingfishers. If you choose to explore these areas, please be very careful where you step and leave your dog back at camp. The forests and rocky talus slopes north of the park offer suitable habit for grizzly bear, mountain goat and cougar. Mountain goats are often observed.

    Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife. Please view all wildlife from a distance. Please keep a clean camp and be Bear Aware.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Paddlers can access the lake from either the boat launch or the lake front campsites. Many users leave their canoe/kayak on the beach.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Park visitors can enjoy summer or winter fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the BC Fishing Regulations Synopsis for quotas and restrictions.
Hiking

Hiking

This park has a short gravelled walking trail from the campground to the day-use/picnic area. 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 on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. There is no off leash area in this park. 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

Swimming

The beach is 100 metres long and has a shale/pebble type surface. Warm water attracts swimmers and makes this a very popular swimming area. There is no roped off swimming area. There are NO LIFEGUARDS on duty at provincial parks.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

For the use of registered campers, there is a single wide, all gravel boat launch located in the campground at campsite #29. This boat launch accommodates car top boats. A wharf is available to assist with launching. Boat trailers must be parked at the users campsite or at the day-use parking lot. Visitors do leave their boats on the shore in front of their campsites. A public boat launch is located 1 km south of the park.
Campfires

Campfires

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.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold well water is available for cooking and drinking. Three water taps are randomly located in the campground with one water tap in the day-use/picnic area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Upon entering the park turn right to access the day-use/picnic parking lot. Just a short walk will lead you to the lake and the day-use/picnic area. Here you will find a 100 metres long, shale/pebble type beach. At the edge of the forest, approximately 10 metres from the shoreline, on a small grassy area are 6 tables. A pit toilet and water tap is nearby. There are no fire pits or barbeque stands. In the campground by campsite #1 is a grassy field with an open picnic shelter containing a wood stove. Campers and picnickers use both.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

One pit and three flush toilets are located throughout the campground. The day-use/picnic area has one pit toilet.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

The small park and campground is located on a point of land at the south-west end of Summit Lake. The campground is circular, with a gravel, one way traffic road and contains 35 vehicle accessible sites. Seven of the sites are doubles. There is no pull through sites, tent pads or tent sites. The sites are shady and small, in an intimate setting along the lake front or with in the cedar hemlock forest. Extra vehicles can be parked in the day-use parking lot located near the park entrance. A pay phone is nearby at the pump house found in the centre of the campground. Services are offered in the high use season between May and September. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis - campsite reservations are not accepted. Visitors can select any site and staff will come to collect fees.

A park gate is located just past the day-use parking lot. The closest store is in Nakusp, 18 km west on highway 6.
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.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There is some wheelchair access in the park.