West Kootenay Park Management Inc.
Phone: 866 937-5734
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Summit Lake Provincial Park
- TOADFEST 2015
This year, the annual TOADFEST event will be held on Wednesday August 12th, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at Summit Lake Provincial Park. The early spring and warm weather has seen the annual migration of toadlets begin earlier than in prior years and the toadlets are already on the move. The public are encouraged to come out for the event and learn more about the Western Boreal Toad which is a species of concern in southern BC. There will be educational booths and displays, and biologists and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions on the toads, their habitat, and other local wildlife. For more information contact BC Parks at 250-354-6333.
- New for 2015:
As of March 15, 2015, the Summit Lake frontcountry campground will offer reservations via our Discover Camping reservation service. BC Parks’ visitors will be able to view and access this new inventory on the Discover Camping website beginning on March 11, 2015.
About This 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 15
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||May 15 – September 15
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 15 – September 12|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||35|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)||17|
|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.
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.
- Summit Lake campground map [PDF 252KB]
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.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Summit Lake Provincial Park Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 242.45KB] is available in pdf format.
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.
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
A park gate is located just past the day-use parking lot. The closest store is in Nakusp, 18 km west on highway 6.