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 79KB].
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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Upper Adams River Provincial Park

  • July 21, 2016 Bridge Replacement Notice: The bridge located at 28km on the Finn Creek FSR is being replaced between July 15th and August 31st. During this time there will no access to Tum Tum Lake from the north. Tum Tum FSR remains closed due to the 2015 washouts with no ETA for a repair as this time.

    Access to Tum Tum Lake from the south is via: Vavenby Adams FSR to 38km – Adams FSR south to 67.5km – Road 40 FSR (Adams east) to 3km – Harbour Lakes to 27km – South Dudgeon to 0km then Tum Harbour to 28km on Tum Tum.

    Signs have been posted at 0km on Finn Creek FSR and 28km on the Tum Tum FSR indicating the bridge replacement.

About This Park

Upper Adams River Provincial Park protects 65 km of large river floodplain.

Special Features:
  • This park protects a very old, undisturbed forest with abundant lichens north of TumTum Lake. There is a high diversity of associated species, as well as extensive habitat for sockeye, Chinook and Coho salmon.
Established Date: April 30, 1996

Park Size: 5,868 hectares
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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. The park is a very long, narrow strip that roughly follows the Upper Adams River and protects the riparian area on both sides of the river, from the north end of Adams Lake to a point north of Tum Tum Lake. Three routes, all gravel logging roads, access this area: from Highway #5 south of Barriere, via Agate Bay Road and along the west side and northern end of Adams Lake (80 km); from Trans Canada Highway #1 at Squilax to Adams Lake roads (95 km); from Highway #5 at Vavenby, via logging roads (30 km). Use caution when traveling on logging roads – this is an active logging area.
The nearest communities are Kamloops, Clearwater, Barriere, Vavenby and Little Fort.
The closest public telephone is at Vavenby Store, approximately 30 km away.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Established April 30, 1996.
  • Conservation: The park encompasses 65 km of undisturbed Adams River floodplain from the Tumtum wetlands to Adams Lake. The park protects a rich riparian area of valley bottom interior cedar-hemlock forests. An undisturbed forest north of Tumtum Lake contains abundant lichens.
  • Wildlife: The park protects a variety of habitats for otters, elk, moose and black bear.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Fishing

Fishing

This river contains rainbow trout, bull trout, and white fish. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hunting

Hunting

Anyone hunting in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the B.C. Hunting Regulations for seasons and closures.
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.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities in this park.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is no boat launch, but there is opportunity to launch small car top boats.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

This park only has user maintained pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park, on Tum Tum Lake, offers vehicle accessible, very rustic campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. There are two designated campsites, one on the southeast end of the lake, the other on the southwest end of the lake.