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Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
About This Park
A very popular destination, the park operates at capacity from early July to Labour Day (early September).
The park is situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek, has one kilometre of sandy, pebble beach, and includes the whole of Copper Island. The park also offers a large grassy play area, an adventure playground, a large boat launch, and a self-guiding nature trail.
Boaters may wish to visit Copper Island, located 1.3 kilometres offshore. A 2.8 km hiking trail provides beautiful views of the area. Please note that overnight camping, including houseboats, and campfires are prohibited on the island.
Supplies, groceries, and many recreational opportunities including bumper boats, mini-golf driving range, go-karts, para-sailing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, boat and jet-ski rentals are offered by near-by businesses.
Know Before You Go
- Roadways can be very busy. Whether you are walking, cycling, roller-blading, skateboarding or driving, please be careful. Always yield to the slowest mode of travel; e.g., cyclists yield to walkers. Obey all traffic regulations and rules of the road.
- Trails are located along many roadsides; walkers, please use them.
- Security – During peak periods, security is on a 24-hour basis. During peak periods, security can be contacted at the Gate Office between 7 am and 10 pm and at the Main Gate from 10 pm to 7 am.
- Quiet Hours – are 10 pm to 7 am. Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours. Disturbances will not be tolerated and those who cause a disturbance may be fined or evicted.
- Alcohol – It is an offense to possess or consume alcohol in a public place.
- Hibachis and Campstoves – can burn the picnic tables. Please do not use them on the tables.
- Valuables – when left unattended or at night, should be stored out of sight and locked up at all times. Please report all thefts to the Park Facility Operator as soon as possible.
- Forts and Chalk – The building of forts in the wooded areas and using chalk on the roadways are not permitted.
- Traffic Safety – The speed limit within the park is 20 km/hour.
- Parking – is prohibited on the side of the road. Please park on the graveled portion of your campsite or in designated parking spaces. Vehicles parked in the day-use area after 11 pm may be towed.
- Motorcycles – are permitted on park roads only. Motorcycles must be properly licenced and must be operated by a licenced driver only. Helmets must be worn.
- High Water – depending on late spring or early summer rainfall, there may be limited beach area due to high water levels of the lake.
All campsite and group site reservations must be made the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are required for all campsites in this park during the main camping season.
Group Campsite Reservations
Nature and Culture
- History: Shuswap Lake Provincial Park was established in 1956 and was named for the Shuswap Natives, whose artifacts are found in this area.
Activities Available at this Park
Only specific trails are open to bike use. Ensure all bikes stay on trails. With heavy vehicle use on park roads, ensure youngsters are supervised. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
To protect the park vegetation, cyclists are not permitted on the nature trails, grassy areas, or on the shoulders and banks of park roads. Cyclists are permitted on the park perimeter trail and the beach trail but must give way to pedestrians/hikers. All bike paths are gravel.
Regularly scheduled interpretive programs may be available during July and August.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that teaches basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for more information.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas, beach trail or park buildings. While the day-use area and beach are off-limits to dogs and other domestic animals, a stretch of beach is available adjacent to the boat launch where visitors may swim with their dogs. Please remember 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.
Facilities Available at this Park
There are wheelchair-accessible toilets and shower facilities as well as a campsite. The main beach trail is wheel chair accessible and there are picnic tables in the day-use areas.
A paved double boat launch, no limit to size (vehicle towed) located within the day-use area. Hours are 7:00 am to 9:30 pm; no fee; large parking lot (no overnight storage).
During times of low lake water levels, usually September to April, please check the section of boat launch underwater to ensure launching can be completed successfully with your unit.
The launch is not steep. Boats are prohibited from staying overnight on the park beach. There is a marina to the parks immediate west and there are several other marinas located around the lake. Water skiing and windsurfing are allowed on the lake. Safe boating procedures should be practiced at all times. Be aware of swimming areas. Get a weather forecast, and be alert to changing weather. Personal watercraft must obey all boating regulations.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
There is a group campsite at this park. The group site has a covered shelter and large grassy area. There are several individual campsites to allow some privacy in the group site. Reservation information »
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
The sani-dump is located is along the entrance road near the service yard. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers large, vehicle-accessible campsites. There are 44 double camping sites. No pull-through sites are available. Almost all sites offer shade at different periods throughout the day. Campsite reservations are accepted. The campground has a gatehouse that is manned from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm during the peak periods.