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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 174
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 176
Total double sites: 20
Total walk-in sites: 8
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Reservations

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

Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available. 

South Park Reservation Procedures

  • Guests with reservations: Upon arrival at the park, register at the gatehouse and then proceed to the campsite.
  • Guests without reservations: Upon arrival at the park, check in at the gatehouse for sites that may be available on a first come, first served basis or for one night only.

North Park reservation procedures

  • Guests with reservations: Upon arrival at the park, check the reservation board for campsite number and then proceed to the site.
  • Guests without reservations: Check the reservation board for sites that may be available on a first come, first served basis or for one night only.

Group camp and picnic reservations

No group campsite or group picnic site reservations are accepted at this park.

Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites in two campgrounds: North Campground and South Campground. Campsite reservations are accepted and first come, first served sites are also available. During the peak season, all of the sites are and non-occupied reservation sites can accommodate first come, first served customers for one, or perhaps more nights, depending on availability.

The North Campground has 80 sites, including nine double sites, all of the 80 sites are reservable. The campground gate is closed in the off-season. There is an information shelter listing site availability and a phone down the hill towards the beach. Please follow directional arrows painted onto the pavement as some roads are one-way to provide the best access to the sites. This campground is laid out in a series of three terraces overlooking Okanagan Lake. The sites are large and well spaced with lawn and trees in between for improved privacy. The sites are located only on the lake side of the roads which increases privacy and allows for better views of the lake. The campsite pads are gravel and have fire rings and picnic tables. Wide, well packed trails lead to pit toilets and in between the terraces.

The South Campground has 94 sites, which are reservable. There is a gatehouse at the entrance to the campground where guests must register. The gate is open until snowfall with winter rates in effect though no services are provided. This is a very different campground than the north campground. All of the sites are at lake level and very close together though there is variation in site layout. Some sites are long, narrow gravel and back onto the hillside. These sites are close together but still separated by trees and shrubs. Other sites are long, narrow and paved with the picnic table and fire ring located behind the site down three or four concrete stairs to a treed lawn area. A third style is short but wide gravel where a tow vehicle must be parked beside the trailer. These sites are not suitable for motorhomes or long trailers. These sites are separated only by cement parking barriers and are similar to double sites. The beauty of this campground is the easy beach access from all sites and the large treed lawn areas shared by some of the sites. There is a phone by the shower building. 

Vehicle-accessible camping fee: $35.00 per party per night

BC senior’s rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $17.50 per senior party per night. Read the user fees policy for information on senior camping discounts.
 
The closest store is the Little Acres fruit stand 500m south of the park entrance on Hwy 97. For more services, visit Summerland 11km to the south or Peachland to the north.
Walk-in camping

There are eight reservable walk-in campsites in the south campground.

Frontcountry walk-in camping fee: $35.00 per party per night
Winter camping

The South Campground has sites for winter camping. Payment can be made through the self registry box and only cash is accepted. THere are no services or firewood sales. Please take out what you brought in.

Winter camping fee: $13.00 per party per night
 
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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. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Playground
There is a playground area available at the south campground in this park.
Boat launch

There is a double concrete boat launch available at south campground. There are no docks or no tie ups however, houseboats can moor there and are welcome for overnight visits. The site is marked and you will need to pay a camping fee. Not recommended to anchor in front of the park due to strong winds. There is a concrete area where you can walk out to get in the boat, narrow, and not accessible for wheelchairs. There is a paved L-shape turnaround area by the ramp and 12 parking spots.

Campfires

While 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.

Picnic areas

This park has a day-use area along the lakeshore, with picnic tables.

Pit or flush toilets
The north campground has pit toilets located on the campsite terraces and flush toilets in the shower building. The south campground has a pit toilet at the boat launch and one beside the shower building and flush toilets inside the shower building.
Showers

The shower building at the North Campground is found roughly 100m uphill from the beach area beside site 80. Both the men’s and women’s sides have two sinks with plug-in above, one toilet and two shower stalls.

The new shower building at the South Campground is situated in the center of the park beside the playground. The women’s washroom consists of three showers with change stalls, three sinks with plug-ins and mirrors, and two toilets. The men’s washroom consists of three showers with change stalls, three sinks with a plug-ins, one toilet, and one urinal. This washroom is also wheelchair-accessible with its own stall designed for persons with disabilities and families with young children. This spacious washroom consists of a shower, sink with a plug-in above, toilet, and hand-rails. Each washroom also has soap dispensers and hands free dryers. In addition, the exterior of the building is paved around it for easy access and there are four sinks located outside at back for dishwashing. 
 

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Hiking

There is a 1km trail above the landslide zone connecting the two campgrounds. 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

There are no lifeguards on duty. There are swim areas for each park marked with swim buoys. The beach is pebbly and not sandy.

Canoeing
Canoeing and kayaking are allowed on Okanagan Lake.
Fishing

Various freshwater fish are available in Okanagan Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. For information about freshwater fishing, including regulations, restrictions and limits, please check the freshwater fishing regulations synopsis.

Interpretive programs

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish program that teaches basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the park operator for information.

Wildlife viewing
This park offers excellent birdwatching opportunities.
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 wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.

Cycling

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 Okanagan 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
Okanagan Lake is popular for a wide variety of water sports including waterskiing, windsurfing, boating, fishing and swimming.
Windsurfing
Okanagan Lake is popular for a wide variety of water sports including waterskiing, windsurfing, boating, fishing and swimming.