Prior to 1997, this park was a Forest Service Recreation area. The area was established as a provincial park in 1997. Many years ago, the Model Community Society constructed a 13 km wheelchair-accessible trail around Inland Lake.
There are drive-in and walk-in campsites available at this park, as well as opportunities for swimming, cycling, fishing, canoeing and boating (<10hp).
The Model Community Project for People with Disabilities have led a two year effort to drastically improve the trail and facilities at Inland Lake Provincial Park. The “Model Community” work in partnership with BC Parks under a Shared Stewardship Agreement. They have successfully raised over 250K of funds to support the park improvement. BC Parks wishes to publically thank the Model Community for their great effort and dedication.
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 at this park.
There are three hike-in campsites on Anthony Island. The hike in is approximately 3km. Camping is on the bare ground. Please camp in designated sites. There are pit toilets available. There is a designated fire ring for campfires; you will need to pack in your own firewood.
The BC Parks backcountry permit registration service allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.
This park offers 22 vehicle-accessible campsites. There are no double or pull-through sites available. Camping is under canopy of trees. There is no gatehouse or locked gate. There is room for one vehicle at each site and extra parking is available for a fee. Reservations are accepted at this park and first come, first-served sites are also available.
If no staff is available to help find a site, find an unoccupied site that has no camping receipt posted at the site and the host will come and collect your fee in the evening. There is no pay phone in the park. The closest store is in Powell River, approximately 10 kilometres away.
Wilderness camping is allowed, but there are no facilities provided.
This park has a day-use/picnic area, with eight picnic/rest areas. No other facilities are provided in the day-use areas.
This park has only pit toilets; no flush toilets. The pit toilets are located in the campground and around the lake on the hiking trail.
Water is available at the campground via a well.
This park has a gravel car top boat launch only. There is a horsepower restriction of 10 hp or 750 kW.
Campfires are permitted in designated fire rings only. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
There is an easy 13 km circuit. While the majority of the trail is wheelchair-accessible, some sections may be difficult or impassable with a wheelchair. There is a fishing dock at the main campground and a cement wheelchair ramp at the head of the trail. The trail is also very popular for day hiking and leisurely bicycle trips. There are many access points to the lake as well as pit toilets that are well spaced along the route. The trail surface consist of crushed limestone and some elevated board walks and bridges. The grade is mostly flat with minimal grades. 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 is swimming available in the lake. There is no designated or roped-off swimming area and there are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. There is very little beach area available. Water temperature is relatively warm during the summer months.
There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking in this park. There are no rentals available in the park. The nearest available rentals are located in Powell River approximately 10 km away.
Trout fishing is available. Spring is said to be best after April 1st. Catch and release in effect. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Elevated board walks around the Inland Lake Trail provide excellent scenic viewing opportunities.
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach and picnic areas, the park buildings and the boat launch 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.
Cycling is permitted on the 13 km Inland Lake trail. Please use extreme caution as the trail is shared with hikers and disabled users in wheelchairs.
For details on e-biking within Inland Lake Provincial Park, see the e-biking section below.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are permitted on signed or designated trails within Inland Lake Provincial Park, provided they meet the definitions and criteria for e-bike use as outlined in the BC Parks cycling guidelines.
Hunting is allowed in this park. Please refer to the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping regulations for season openings and more detailed information.
The park is located north of Powell River. Turn up a short but steep hill on Haslam Street north of Cranberry Lake, turn left onto the gravel road, continue on for about 5 km, turn right on the Haywire Bay/Inland Lake intersection another 2 km, turn left into the park.
R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
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.