This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].

In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Brandywine Environmental Management Ltd.
Phone: 250 320-9305

Tunkwa Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • Sept 6, 2017 - Possible Toxic Blue Green Algae Outbreak near Day Use Site in Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park

    BC Parks is testing for the possible presence of toxic blue green algae, near the day use only site located near the South West corner of Tunkwa Lake. While this has not yet been confirmed, such bacterial growth is toxic to humans, domestic animals, pets and wildlife if ingested.

    The possible outbreak is located at the lagoon site near the fish spawning channel, to the west of the boat launch. The public is asked to please avoid using the site or swimming in the vicinity, and to take all precautions to prevent pets swimming or drinking near this location, until otherwise notified.

    For more information please visit:

Know Before You Go

  • 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 526.73KB]

About This Park

Tunkwa 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

Special Notes:
  • 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.
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.)
Year round
(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)
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.

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. The park is located midway between Savona and Logan Lake on the southern Thompson Plateau, about 40 km southwest of Kamloops. It is accessed via 24 km of paved road from Savona or 16 km from Logan Lake on the Tunkwa Lake Road.

Maps and Brochures

Any 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.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park



Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist on both lakes.


Both lakes are popular for trout fishing. Lakes are stocked annually with rainbow trout. Fishing is from boats, float tubes, canoes and from shore. There are no fish cleaning stations. Fish must be cleaned out in the lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


Click here for information on the Leighton Lake and Bluff Hill trails. Visitors can also hike the grasslands or do a long wander around Tunkwa Lake.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that will teach basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for information.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets 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.


There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There are two gravel boat launches, one at Tunkwa and one at Leighton. Tunkwa has a maximum 10 HP restriction, and boaters on both lakes should use slow speeds to avoid damaging habitat or quiet fishing enjoyment.


Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, it is prohibited to gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. If you rely on campfires for cooking, be prepared to bring a portable stove should a campfire ban be implemented.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Hand pumps provide potable water. Two pumps are located at the Tunkwa Campground and one pump each at both Leighton and Leighton North Campgrounds.
Group Camping

Group Camping

Larger groups of campers are accommodated in the cluster sites, fees are charged on the usual per-party basis.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Day-use facilities are available at the south end of Tunkwa Lake. A pit toilet and 10 picnic tables are provided. This is a natural grass area right next to the lake that is very open with no shade.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located at each campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

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.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

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 webpage.

Long-stay camping available. $70/week