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Park Contact Silvertip Park Services Ltd
E-mail: office8888@telus.net
Phone: 250-377-8888

Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park

About This Park

Ten Mile Lake is a very popular recreational destination for local residents and visitors. It offers a large picnic area, three sandy beaches, a boat launch, and great fishing not to mention attractive, treed campsites, showers and flush toilets.

A 2-km nature trail to a large beaver pond, through forest and along an abandoned rail road is very rewarding to hike. In the winter the park’s trails are transformed into approximately 10 km of cross country ski trails.

Park Size: 260 hectares

Special Notes:
  • ATVs are prohibited in this park. ATVs, trail bikes and similar conveyances are restricted to park roads and parking lots.
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.)
Campground gates are closed during the off-season. The day-use area and trails are accessible year round
– Lakeside campground May 15 – September 30
– Touring campground May 15 – September 1
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:  
– Lakeside campground May 15 – September 30
– Touring campground May 15 – September 1
Campground Reservable Dates:  
– Lakeside campground only 100% reservable May 15 – September 1
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Lakeside = 61
Touring = 46
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
Lakeside only = 61
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.

Reservations

All campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
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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. Approximately 12 km north of Quesnel on Highway #97.

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: Ten Mile Lake Park was established in 1962 as a recreational destination for residents of Quesnel, as well as travellers on the Cariboo Highway. The name of the park comes from the milepost on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway that stood here in the early 1900’s. There is still evidence of the abandoned rail grade in the park; the tracks had to be relocated because of difficulties in crossing the Cottonwood River north of the park.
  • Cultural Heritage: The city of Quesnel was established as a supply centre during the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1860’s. It was originally much smaller than nearby Barkerville, which is now preserved as a Historic Town.
  • Conservation: Ten Mile Lake Provincial Park is situated within the Fraser Basin, an irregular shaped depression of gently rolling hills and shallow lakes covering much of North Central B.C. The park lies in a transition area between the wetter Quesnel Highlands to the east, and the dry Chilcotin Plateau to the west, leading to a wide diversity of plant species. You can find white spruce, Douglas-fir, trembling aspen and lodgepole pine, while the forest floor is home to shrubs like red osier dogwood and saskatoon. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please don’t damage or remove them.
  • Wildlife: Walk the Beaver Pond trail and view a beaver lodge and series of beaver dams. Ducks Unlimited has placed waterfowl nesting boxes and platforms around the beaver pond.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed at this park.
Cycling

Cycling

There is approximately 10 km of hiking trails with regulations for bikers. Hikers have right-of-way. Bicycles must keep to roadways and trails. Helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Easy access to lake, fishing via boat. Shore casting possible. The best time to fish for the rainbow found in the lake is either in early spring or most evenings throughout the summer. There are ice fishing opportunities in this park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Ten kilometres of hiking trails are a popular way for the whole family to enjoy the park. Many of these trails double as cross-country ski trails during the winter. A self-guiding nature trail begins in the day-use parking lot opposite the picnic shelter. View a beaver lodge and a series of beaver dams. Note the nest boxes and platforms around the pond built by Ducks Unlimited. 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. 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

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There are three long sandy beaches with two buoyed off swim areas.
Waterskiing

Waterskiing

People can enjoy waterskiing on this lake. There is no maximum boat motor size.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There are approximately 10 km of cross-country ski trails set in the winter. Click here to view a map.

There are also snowshoeing opportunities at this park and the lake freezes over in the winter allowing for ice skating. The road into the park is ploughed to the first parking lot.

There are ice fishing opportunities in this park. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A concrete, single-wide boat launching ramp is located beside the Lakeside campground entrance. There is also a parking area for vehicles and boat trailers.
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 water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area. Picnic tables, fire pits, pit toilets, a covered shelter, three long sandy beaches and change-houses are all located at the day-use area. There are also picnic tables and a wood stove in the shelter. Firewood is not provided in the day-use area so people need to bring their own.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are located at the Lakeside Campground.
Playground

Playground

An adventure playground, large grassy area and horseshoe pits are found in the day-use area.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season and is located near the entrance of the park.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

There are hot showers at the Lakeside campground. The showers are coin operated and cost one looney ($1.00) for approximately 4 minutes.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. There are two large campground areas in the park, known as Lakeside and Touring. Campsite reservations are accepted at the Lakeside Campground and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

The Lakeside campground consists of 60 sites, 6 of which are double sites. The Touring campground consists of 46 sites. There are a variety of shaded, treed, and open sites and extra parking available at each campground.

The gate to the park is locked between 11:00pm and 7:00am. Only registered campers are allowed in the campground after 11:00pm and quiet time is between 10:00pm and 7:00am.

There is a concession stand near the Lakeside campground entrance.

Lakeside Campground Fee:
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.

Touring Campground Fee:
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $16.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $8.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible. There is paved access to the flush toilet buildings and showers at the Lakeside Campground and gravel access to the picnic shelter in the day-use area.