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Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers 65 private and secluded vehicle accessible campsites. This campground will accommodate larger RVs. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. 

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $22.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.

Long stay camping

Available sites: 1-16 and 30-43 

A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long stay program is available from May 15 to September 11 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. $65/week

Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for Crooked River Park and Hart Lake.

Picnic areas

There is a day-use and picnic area along the north shore of the lake. It has flush toilets, running water, a sandy beach, picnic tables, garbage cans, picnic shelter, horseshoe pits (bring own horseshoes) and an adventure playground. The paved and gravel parking lot can accommodate 530 vehicles.

Pets are not allowed in the day-use areas. Alcohol is not permitted in the day-use area.

Pit or flush toilets
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.
This park has hot showers.
Drinking water
Cold well-water is available for cooking and drinking; taps are located throughout the campground and day-use area.
There is an adventure playground located at the south beach area of the campground.
During the collecting season a sani-station/dump is available and a fee is charged for the service.
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 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.

Those who enjoy hiking and walking can explore this beautiful park along the 9 km of marked trail. 

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

There are three main trails to chose from, each taking about an hour round trip.

One trail takes visitors to and around Square Lake, an excellent spot for nature viewing. The lodgepole pine forests, lakes and wetlands of the park provide excellent habitat for a number of mammals and birds. River otters, beavers, muskrats, squirrels and chipmunks are the most common residents. Lynx, red fox, coyote and black bear may also be seen. Many birds frequent the park including bald eagles, ospreys, tanagers and chickadees.

A second trail overlooks the willow-fringed Crooked River, the park’s namesake. This meandering river, once the corridor of the famous explorers Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser, is popular with canoeists. Elegant Trumpeter swans visit the river in the winter.

The third trail encircling Bear Lake is a great place for an evening stroll.

Get the park brochure and map for more details.


For swimmers and sunbathers, the 460 metres of natural sandy beach of Bear Lake is the main attraction. Nearby change houses, picnic tables, and firepits make it easy to spend a full day enjoying this natural playground. The pristine setting is safe and quiet since power boats are not permitted in the park. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Canoes and kayaks are welcome.

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Crooked River, Square Lake and Hart Lake provide good angling for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden or Rocky Mountain whitefish. Gate to Hart Lake parking lot is open at this time. Only Square Lake is available for ice fishing and is a popular lake among the locals. Hart Lake is closed to ice fishing. Check the below regulations for specifications. 
Please note: There have been regulation changes regarding the amount of fish allowed to be kept. Please view the Freshwater Sport Fishing Regulations Synopsis for specific information.

Wildlife viewing
There is no viewing platform but the abundant trail system allows access to lakes and Crooked River, which has lots of wildlife and scenic viewing possibilities. In winter, the Crooked River is a wintering ground for Trumpeter Swans.
Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. No pets are allowed in the day-use area. 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 are allowed on all park roads, however, they are only allowed on trails that are signed for bicycle use (very few trails are signed for bikes).


Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Crooked River Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.

Great place to windsurf as there are only non-motorized vessels allowed in the park.
Winter recreation

All hiking trails and the campground loops are available for snowshoeing. 

Only Square Lake is available for ice fishing and is a popular lake among the locals. Hart Lake is closed to ice fishing.