Just south of Fort Steele, Norbury Lake Park encompasses Peckham’s Lake and fronts on Norbury Lake.
Beach areas, water sports and pleasant walking trails are available to visitors. Rainbow trout in Peckham’s Lake and the Kootenay Fish Hatchery at Wardner is a short distance away.
The Steeples, a distinctive feature of the Hughes Range of the Rocky Mountains, stands clear against the sky to the east of this lightly wooded area.
Campsite reservations are accepted at this park and first come, first served sites are available until March 20, at which time all sites become reservable. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
Check-in for reservation holders is between 1pm and 10pm; non-reservation holders between 8am to 10pm. Check-out time for all sites is 11am. Gates open 7am and close at 11pm.
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park. All campsite and group site reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system.
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first come, first served basis. Campsite reservations are not accepted.
Sites 12 to 21 are designated as “long-stay” sites. A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long-stay program is available during the shoulder season in this park (park opening until June 14, and Labour Day until park closing). Long-stay sites are First Come First Serve only.
Long-stay camping at Norbury Lake is only available during the shoulder season. Sites must be occupied by a paying camping party and can not be held by placing camping equipment on site. Equipment left unattended will be removed.
Long-term stays may not extend beyond their registered dates. Trailers parked on site prior to long-term registration are subject to the 14 day per year park stay. Trailers left on site unattended may be towed at the owners expense.
|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|
|Long-stay camping (May to June 14th and after the Labour Day long weekend in September)||$56 per week|
For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page. Information on long-stay camping is available on the Frontcountry Camping webpage.
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.
This park has a day-use and picnic area.
This park only has pit toilets, no flush toilets.
There are no lifeguards on duty.
There is a boat launch at this park. Use is restricted to non-motorized boats only.
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings.
Exceptions: Pets are permitted on the north end of Pecham’s Lake as indicated by the signs. Dogs must remain on leash at all times as to not disturb wildlife or other park users. You are responsible for their behavior and must dispose of their excrement.
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 Norbury 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.
Located 18km north from Hwy 3 and 16km south from Hwy 93/95 near Cranbrook.
This park proudly operated by:
EK Parks Ltd.
The two lakes within the park (Norbury and Peckham’s) were originally both named Norbury. The name commemorates the Honourable F. Paget Norbury who settled in the area in the late 1800’s. He ranched here and was a magistrate at nearby Fort Steele during the town’s heyday. Later, the Peckham family bought some land from Norbury and the lake closest to their property was subsequently called Peckham’s Lake.
This climate promotes the growth of Lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir and Western larch. Trembling aspen is located near Peckham’s Lake. Chokebery, thimbleberry, willow and several species of grass form the ground cover. Alongside Norbury Creek and along the trail from the campground to the picnic area on Peckham’s Lake, one can see a diversity of plant and bird life.
Elk, deer, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep may be seen in the area, especially during winter months. The Columbian ground squirrel and other members of the squirrel family can be seen within the park.
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.