Beatton Provincial Park is a year-round recreational facility located on the shores of Charlie Lake. This 320 hectare park is a popular summer recreation destination for swimming, fishing and hiking.
Beatton also offers excellent winter recreation opportunities. Experience over 15km of groomed cross-country ski trails designed for beginner, intermediate and advancing skiing. Visitors have a good chance of seeing deer or moose which frequent the park during the winter.
All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
There is a large day-use area with beach, picnic shelter, ball diamond, adventure playground and a large grassy area, with 100 parking spaces available. Group picnicking is available Reservations for the group site picnic area are available. Click here for Reservation information »
This park only has pit toilets; no flush toilets.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
There is an adventure playground located in the day-use area.
There is a double boat launch complete with turnaround and a large parking area for vehicles with trailers.
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.
There are 12 km of hiking trails throughout the park. For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroy plant life and soil structure.
There is a swimming beach with a marked swimming area. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Visitors can fish for walleye and northern pike. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times. Pets/domestic animals are not allowed in day-use/beach areas (with the exception of the designated dog beach) 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. Check with park staff for directions to the designated dog beach, which is located between the main day-use area and the boat launch.
Cycling is allowed in the park. Bicycles must keep to roadways. There are cross-country ski trails that are available to mountain bikers in the summer months.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Beatton Provincial Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
There are waterskiing opportunities on Charlie Lake.
There are windsurfing opportunities on Charlie Lake.
Beatton Provincial Park has excellent winter recreation opportunities.
This park is located 13 km northwest of Fort St. John off Highway #97 on the 244 road, approximately a 20 minute drive.
This park proudly operated by:
Sandstorm North Contracting
For information concerning the Vehicle Accessible Campground:
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.