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Tunkwa Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- August 29, 2018: Possible blue-green algae outbreak at Leighton and Tunkwa Lakes in Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park
Leighton Lake has been identified as a location for a potential outbreak of toxic blue-green algae. This bacterial growth is toxic to humans, domestic animals, pets and wildlife if ingested. Additional information can be accessed through Health Link BC.
A similar outbreak took place last year in both Leighton and Tunkwa Lakes. While the outbreak has not been confirmed at this time, BC Parks is taking the precautionary approach of warning our visitors so they can take appropriate steps with their families and pets.
About This ParkTunkwa Provincial Park contains two large, man-made trout-fishing lakes, Tunkwa and Leighton, with campgrounds located on both lakes. Tunkwa is listed in the top 10 provincial rainbow trout fisheries. This park protects mid elevation grasslands, forests, lakes, and wetlands including bogs and ponds. This is a year-round recreation area, noted for camping, hunting, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Established Date: April 30, 1996
Park Size: 5,138 hectares
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(Campgrounds will be accessible to vehicles until snowed in, and open again once ice free.)
(Gate will be closed from late winter until ice free in the spring)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 22 – October 12
(Services may be available and fees charged later/earlier than this date, weather permitting – for confirmation, please use the contact information listed to the left.) Off-season: no fee, no services.
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||275|
|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.|
Know Before You Go
- Tunkwa Lake has informal clusters of campsites. Facilities range from the typical individual campsites to clusters of four, allowing camping parties to camp together.
- Vehicle and ATV access is limited to designated trails as fish bearing streams wetlands and grasslands need special protection and should not be crossed. There is a staging area bordering the North Leighton campground that is set aside for ATV use. ATVs are prohibited within the campground boundaries.
- Two special management areas are foot access only.
- There are populations of Yellow-bellied Marmots residing in/around Tunkwa Provincial Park. They are a naturally-occurring species that reside in arid grasslands with abundant rock piles. The campgrounds in Tunkwa Provincial Park are located in mid-elevation grasslands which provide a favourable habitat for marmots in regards to climate and food sources. Natural talus slopes and large rock outcrops are rare in the park, but numerous man-made features mimic ideal marmot burrowing grounds. As a result, Tunkwa Provincial Park has a relatively high Yellow-bellied Marmot population. Visitors to the park are encouraged to protect their assets as marmots are curious and have been known to carry out activities that can be detrimental to vehicles, camping equipment, etc.
- Tunkwa Lake Vegetation Management Project [PDF]
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: Established April 30, 1996.
- Cultural Heritage: The area has experienced traditional First Nation use. It also has a long history of ranching.
- Conservation: The park is a mosaic of grasslands and interior Douglas-fir forests. The park encompasses two large artificially created lakes – Tunkwa and Leighton – and numerous smaller lakes, wetlands and bog complexes. Many water-courses provide excellent opportunities to view spawning trout in May.
- Wildlife: Moose, mule deer, white-tailed deer and birds such as the Canada goose, mallard, common snipe, vesper sparrow and mountain bluebird all make their home here.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
At Tunkwa Park there are three separate campgrounds, Tunkwa, Leighton and Leighton North. Combined, the three campgrounds offer 55 traditional style sites and 220 informal sites.
The traditional sites are typical of those found in BC Parks. They can accommodate camping units from a tent to a large recreational vehicle. The sites are in both treed and open grassy areas. The informal sites allow for groups of camping units to camp together. Some of these group sites are in treed areas, however some are out in the open with no trees or shade. All three campgrounds offer both styles of camping. If there are no staff at the campground upon arrival, choose a site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season. The entrance gates are not locked at night. The nearest pay phone is right where you enter Tunkwa campground and the nearest amenities are in Logan Lake.
Long stay camping
Sites 50 to 74 are designated as “long-stay” sites.
A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long stay program is from May 1 to October 12 in this park. Please contact the Park Operator to book one of these sites.
Information on other parks participating in this pilot program, or a link to the Long Stay Policy document, is available on the Frontcountry Camping Policies and Fees page.
Long-stay camping available. $70/week