Summit Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- June 25, 2018: 9th Annual Toadfest event
The 9th Annual Toadfest event will be held at Summit Lake on August 22 (4-7pm) and August 23 (9am-noon). The event is held annually to celebrate the migration of emerging toadlets from Summit Lake to the surrounding forest habitat. There will be information booths, displays and activities in the park during the event. The event is free and will be centered in the field adjacent to the picnic shelter. Parking is limited and participants are encouraged to carpool where possible. BC Parks wishes to remind the public that the handling of toads or other wildlife outside of this sanctioned event is prohibited.
- New for 2016: The group picnic shelter at Summit Lake park is reservable. BC Parks’ visitors are able to reserve this picnic shelter on the Discover Camping website beginning on March 9, 2016, for up to 12 months in advance of their arrival date.
About This Park
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.
Established Date: February 4, 1964
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 5 – September 25
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 5 – September 25
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:||May 18 – September 9|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||35|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)||19|
|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 at this park and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group Picnic Shelter Reservations: Group picnic shelter reservations are accepted for the picnic shelter through Discover Camping.
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: 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.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
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 that does not have any cooking facilities or services however a water tap with potable water is nearby. The shelter is equipped with four picnic tables. Group picnicking is open from May May 5 to September 24 and reservations are available for the picnic shelter. Reservation information »
Pit or Flush Toilets
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.
Reservations are accepted, and first-come, first-served campsites are also available. Visitors without reservations can select any site with out a reserved sign 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.