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Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available.

All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations service. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.


Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available.

Vehicle-accessible camping fee$20 per party per night
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$10 per senior party per night

For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page. 

Wilderness camping

Wilderness camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.

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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Drinking water

A hand pump is located in the park. The hand pump may be removed during the off-season.


An adventure playground is situated in the middle of the campground.

Boat launch

There is a boat launch complete with turnaround and a large parking area for vehicles with trailers.


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.

Picnic areas

This park has a day-use and picnic area.

Pit or flush toilets

This park only has pit toilets, no flush toilets.

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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.


There are no lifeguards on duty.


Canoes and kayaks are welcome. Beware of easterly winds that create high waves in the open water.


Canoes and kayaks are welcome. Beware of easterly winds that create high waves in the open water.


Anglers can try their luck fishing for lake trout, bull trout, mountain whitefish, arctic grayling, northern pike and burbot. 

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Ice fishing is allowed during the winter season but visitors should be aware that the park road from Highway 29 to the lake is snowed in usually until late April or early May. Snowmobiles have been used to travel this 1 km of road. 

Please note that the school camp road is private and there is no access to the park from this road.

Wildlife viewing

There are wildlife viewing opportunities.

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. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for problems with bears and other wildlife.


Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Gwillim Lake 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.


There are windsurfing opportunities.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is permitted in the Elephant Ridge addition to Gwillim Lake Park. Please contact the Fort St. John Ministry of Environment office for a letter authorizing horseback use in the park.

Scuba diving

There are scuba diving or snorkelling opportunities.


There are climbing or rock climbing opportunities.


Hunting is allowed in the Elephant Ridge addition to the park. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for more information.

Winter recreation

There are snowshoeing and backcountry skiing opportunities.