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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 78
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 91
Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, seven of which are double sites. There are no pull through sites. There is room for a maximum of two vehicles per site (extra vehicle fee applies). No extra parking is available. There is no gatehouse. There is a locked gate in the off season, generally from late October to early May, however you may still hike in and camp. There are no facilities or services available, and no fees, in the off season. A sani-station is available and operational only during the full service camping season.

If there is no staff available to direct you to a site, check the reservation board at the park entrance, then choose a site with no reservation or camping receipt posted at the campsite. Staff will come around to collect fees. The closest store is D’Arcy approximately 22 kilometres on the Pemberton Portage Road. The nearest pay phone is also in D’Arcy. Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available. Cash only accepted at this park. 

Vehicle accessible camping fee: $22.00 per party per night
BC senior’s rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.00 per senior party per night. Read the user fees policy for information on senior camping discounts.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Drinking water

A pressurized, treated water system is now available. Potable water is available at taps in the main campground, the high density campground and the sani-station.

Boat launch
There is a concrete double-wide boat launch available in the day-use area at this park. Vehicle and trailer parking is available overnight. A floating dock is next to the boat launch. Boats can be left in the water (tie-up space is limited on the dock) or beached overnight at the owners own risk. There is no nearby marina to moor boats. Waterskiing on the lake is not recommended.

During the collecting season a sani-station is available and a fee is charged for the service. Cash only. 

Sani-station use fee: $5.00 per discharge

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 (cash only) 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 do not 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.

Picnic areas

There is a day-use and picnicking area with picnic tables and parking area. Some of the picnic tables have barbeque attachments, bring your own briquettes. There are no fire pits in the day-use area and open fires are not permitted. There is a sandy beach. There are no phones in the park. A pay telephone is located at D’Arcy, 22 km (13 miles) away on Portage Road.

Pit or flush toilets
Pit toilets are available in both the day-use and campground areas. No flush toilets at this park.

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Caution: The lakeside Wilderness trail and the Birkenhead Lake trail: approximately 1km from the trail head at the parking lot, both of these trails cross a 50 metre section of a rock debris avalanche path. Trail users must use caution when crossing over loose rock rubble and may be required to ford the stream. Crossings should be avoided during periods of prolonged, heavy rain.

Wilderness trail

A 2km hiking trail through old growth forest leads to a flat, treed area with views of the mountains across the lake and views back of the day use area beaches. A short section connects with the Birkenhead Lake Trail, allowing for a longer hike or a loop back to the trailhead.

Birkenhead Lake trail

The 8km trail to Birkenhead Lake Estates at the south end of the lake joins up with Birkenhead Road and Tenas Valley logging road. This trail is used by both hikers and cyclists. There may also be horseback riding on the west half of the Birkenhead Lake trail up to Sockeye Creek. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on this trail.

Goat Lookout trail

This 1km trail on the south side of the valley is a bit rough and steep in places, but offers a view of the lake at the end and in the spring and fall mountain goats may be seen on the cliffs above the campground. 

Caution: During the spring snow melt (April to June), Phelix Creek water levels rise and may crest the log bridge approximately 100 metres from the start of the trail. High water conditions may require temporary seasonal closure of the trail. Best you otherwise hike the trail in the mornings during May and June.


There is a sandy beach and swimming is available in this cold water lake. August is usually the warmest water month. Stay within the swimming area identified by the marker buoys. There are currently no swimming floats. There are no lifeguards on duty.


Canoes and kayaks are welcome but be aware of strong winds which can blow up suddenly on the lake. There are no developed, boat accessible campsites on the lake. Daily and hourly canoe rentals are available on site. For more details, please contact the park operator.


Good fishing for Kokanee and Rainbow Trout. There are no Dolly Varden in Birkenhead Lake.

Fishing regulations require anglers to release all Bull Trout caught. Bull Trout are on the endangered species list. Some anglers have mistaken the Bull Trout species for a Dolly Varden. Since the Bull Trout species has suffered, there is currently a recovery program in place and the park is requesting the public’s assistance. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Interpretive programs

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 information.

Wildlife viewing
There is no viewing platform but mountain goats can be seen in the spring on the high cliffs to the north, above the day use area and campground.
Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. However, there is one designated open area at the far end of the day-use area for dogs. 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.


Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated mountain bike trails.

Birkenhead Lake Trail

The 8km gravel trail to Birkenhead Lake estates at the south end of the lake joins up with Birkenhead Road and Tenas Valley logging road. This trail is used by both hikers and cyclists. 
Caution: There may also be horseback riding on the west half of the Birkenhead Lake trail up to Sockeye Creek.

This park provides good windsurfing opportunities.
Winter recreation
During the winter season, the 2km road from the park gate to the lake is good for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.