For a more intimate camping experience, visit Loveland Bay, a small, rustic provincial park that provides camping and boat launching directly onto Campbell Lake. Loveland Bay is a convenient base camp for day tripping to attractions in the nearby communities of Campbell River, Gold River, Sayward, Kelsey Bay and Quadra and Cortes Islands.
If you don’t want to leave Loveland Bay’s peaceful setting, you can spend the day water-skiing, fishing, canoeing or kayaking. Or just relax and work on your tan in between dips in the sun-kissed lake.
Loveland Bay Provincial Park is located near Campbell River on central Vancouver Island and offers a quiet area for camping, swimming and fishing.
Loveland Bay Campground is designated for registered campers only.
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.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through the BC Parks reservations system.
There are 2 group campsites at this park, one at each end of the campground on the lake. Group campgrounds are open during the main camping season.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites, some with tent pads. All the campsites are along the lakefront. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Pit toilets are available at this park.
There is one drinking water well and hand pump in the park, located in the campground.
A boat launch for small boats only is located in the middle of the park. A small wharf on the lake also provides tie-up facilities. Many boating opportunities are accessible from Loveland Bay on Lower Campbell Lake.
While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campfire rings are provided at each campsite, and at the group campsites. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. 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. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.
There is no designated swimming area at this park; however, the Lower Campbell Lake offers opportunities for swimming. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
There are opportunities for canoeing and kayaking at this park on Campbell Lake. Paddlers can set in from their campsite or from a boat launch located in the middle of the campground.
Lower Campbell Lake offers good opportunities for trout fishing. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Pets/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 wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
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 Loveland Bay Provincial 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 opportunities for waterskiing at this park. A boat launch for small boats only is located in the middle of the park. A small wharf on the lake also provides tie-up facilities.
There are opportunities for windsurfing at this park.
Loveland Bay is located west of Campbell River on central Vancouver Island. Access is from Hwy 28, 4 km west of Campbell River. Take the turnoff to Elk Falls viewpoint and Loveland Bay. Drive past Elk Falls and over the dam, then take the first road on the left. Follow the gravel road 12 km to Loveland Bay.
This park proudly operated by:
Quality Recreation 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.