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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 156
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 156
Total sites with electrical hook-ups: 50
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Reservations

Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available. Group campsite and group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park.

All campsite and group site reservations must be made the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.

 

Group camping

There is a group campsite at this park. It offers eight campsites, a covered shelter, a grassy area, a sandy beach, volleyball net and a large fire ring.

Youth group camping fee$1 per person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Children under 6 are free!
Regular group camping fee$120 per group site per night, plus $5 per adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1 per child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!

For information on the youth group policy see the group camping page.

Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers reservable vehicle-accessible campsites in Furlong Bay campground.  The campground is half paved and half gravel. There are 16 double sites.  The campsites can accommodate RVs and are shaded and treed.  Parking is available for extra vehicles for an additional fee which is to be paid at the visitor centre.

The parks’ visitor centre is open from 9am to 9pm.  You must register at the visitor centre during open hours.  Guests arriving after 9pm are to register with the park operator onsite upon arrival, then proceed to the visitor centre at 9am to check in for their reservation.  All guests are required to show photo ID matching the reservation name and provide the license plate number of the towing vehicle. 

If you do not check in by 11 am the day after your scheduled arrival, your reservation will be cancelled without refund. The site will be made available to others.

The gate to the park is locked from 11pm to 7am.

Vehicle-accessible camping fee$28 per party per night
Electrified sites Additional $7 per night (whether power is in use or not)
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$14 per senior party per night

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

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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for these areas of the park:

Drinking water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Hose hookups for campers and trailers are not available. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Playground
An adventure playground with grassy area for children is located in the Furlong Bay day-use area.
Boat launch

A double, paved boat launch and loading dock complete with parking are conveniently situated to the nearby day-use area at Furlong Bay. Boating, waterskiing and fishing are popular activities on Lakelse Lake. There is no access to the boat launch from 11pm to 7am during the camping season and off-season.

Sani-station

A sani-station and dump is available during the collecting season. It is located between the park entrance gate and the main information shelter at the Furlong Bay campground.

Sani-station use fee: $5 per discharge
Electrical hook-ups

50 campsites have RV electrical outlets (120V, 30Amp, 60Hz): 
Sites 10, 11, 25 - 34, 39, 41 - 51, 110 - 123, 129 - 133, 136, 137, 138, 144 - 147.

There is an additional electrical service charge of $7 per night (includes tax) for these sites, whether the power is in use or not.
Campfires

Firewood can be purchased from the park operator for a fee. Campfires are allowed in the day-use areas but must be contained in the provided fire rings. Fires are not allowed at Gruchy’s Beach area.  

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.

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.

Picnic areas

This park has two day-use and picnic areas. They both have tables, a covered picnic shelter with wood stove, parking, fire rings, water and sandy beaches. The Furlong Bay picnic site also has a grassy playground area, wheelchair access to the beach, volleyball net, a toilet and changehouse as well as a pay phone. Gates are locked from 11pm to 7am.

Pit or flush toilets
Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park. Flush toilets are shut down during the off-season.
Showers

There are three toilet and shower buildings they are located in Furlong Bay Campground.

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Hiking

Take the 2 km Twin Spruce Trail or the 1 km Gruchy’s Beach Trail to observe the coastal old growth forests and salmon streams. Both trails are easy to hike. Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

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. 

Swimming
A swimming area is roped off at Furlong Bay and the Lakelse picnic site. The beaches are sandy and the water temperature is cool in August. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Canoeing
Canoeing, windsurfing, and sailing are all popular activities on Lakelse Lake. No rentals available at this time.
Fishing

Some excellent fishing opportunities await during summer and winter. Dolly Varden trout are a common catch in the lake, while the area’s rivers boast world-class salmon and steelhead runs. All five species of Pacific salmon spawn in these waters. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Wildlife viewing
There is a viewing platform near the Williams Creek bridge to observe spawning salmon.
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.

Cycling

There are no bicycle trails in this park. 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 Lakelse 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.

Waterskiing

There are waterskiing opportunities on Lakelse Lake.

Windsurfing
There are windsurfing opportunities on Lakelse Lake.
Winter recreation

Snowshoeing is available in the winter on existing hiking trails. Ice skating is available on Lakelse Lake. Check for proper ice thickness before going out and bring your own skates. Cross-country skiing is available at Onion Lake approximately a five minute drive south of Furlong Bay Campground. Downhill skiing and tobogganing are available outside the park at Shames Mountain, approximately a 45 minute drive west of Terrace.