Backcountry camping is available at four locations: Spectrum Lake, Little Peters Lake, Big Peters Lake, and Margie Lake. The backcountry camping fee is in effect at these locations.
Backcountry camping fee: $5 per person per night (age 6+)
The BC Parks backcountry permit registration service allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although this does not reserve a campsite, it provides the convenience of prepaying for your 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.
Spectrum Lake, the largest campground in the park, is 6 km from the Spectrum Creek trailhead and parking lot. There are 16 sites spread out along the lakeshore and up-slope. Each site has a 10 ft x 10 ft wooden tent platform or framed earth pad, a fire ring, and a picnic table. Some sites also have a small wooden shelter with cedar shake roof over the picnic table. There are several of pit toilets.
Spectrum Lake provides a great introduction to the backcountry experience for less experienced campers. The understory is sparse, with most of the ground carpeted by moss. A metal food cache pole is located at each end of the campground.
5 km uphill from Spectrum Lake, or 11 km from the Spectrum Creek trailhead and parking lot, Little Peters Lake is a much smaller backcountry campground. Two framed-earth tent pads and a pit toilet are provided for those who choose the edge of the sub-alpine meadow as their overnight stop.
Big Peters Lake is the largest campground in the sub-alpine, located 13 km from the Spectrum Creek trailhead and parking lot, or 4km from Little Peters. There are 10 wooden tent platforms or framed-earth pads spread out amongst the trees on the southern end of the lake. There is a metal food cache box, a bear pole, and a pit toilet.
The surrounding area is mostly open meadows and wetlands with large pockets of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir. Big Peters campground affords a staging area for those interested in exploring the alpine areas of the park including Mt. Fosthall, Fawn Lake, and Valley of the Moon.
Margie Lake, a further 5 km from Big Peters Lake, is the final campground in the subalpine area of the park. It features two framed-earth tent pads, and pit toilet, and a bear pole. Margie Lake is often used by those hiking over the Fosthall ridge from Sol Mountain Lodge, or up the North Fosthall Creek trail.