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Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers vehicle-accessible campsites, including 5 double sites and 5 pull-through sites. The pull-through sites have slightly curved parking and may not accommodate motorhomes over 30 feet. The gate to the park is closed during the off-season. While there is no gatehouse, an information shelter, telephone and handpump water source are located at the entrance to the park. The small sites are spread out in a dense forest of Douglas fir trees that provides privacy, shade and a natural setting. Large, mature Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine are found in small numbers. Though the abundance of trees adds to the ambience of the campground, they may also make the entrances to some of the sites a little narrow for some larger RVs. The sites are gravel and have a fire ring and picnic table on a cement pad. There are no BBQ attachments.

The park offers services during the peak season. During this time, all of the sites in Otter Lake Campground are reservable and non-occupied reservation sites can accommodate first-come, first-served customers for one, or perhaps more nights, depending on availability.

Vehicle-Accessible Camping Fee: $23.00 per party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas
Otter Lake has a day-use/picnic area approximately 5 km south of the campground in Tulameen at the end of Sixth Street. It is a popular spot with residents. There is parking for roughly 20 vehicles. Six tables are located around the edge of an open, grassy area. Shrubs and aspen provide shade around the tables. There are two pit toilets (neither are wheelchair-accessible) and a handpump for well water. A beach of fine sand forms a strip around the end of the lake which is great for swimming. Though there are no buoys, an anchored wooden float sits off shore. The water is clear and the bottom sandy with a few pebbles.
Pit or flush toilets
There are four pit toilets and four flush toilets located in the campground.
Drinking water
There are four cold water taps located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
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.

There is a nature trail along the lake. If you travel off the beaten path in this park, let someone know where you are going and carry a compass. Areas bordering the park include canyons and beautiful, rugged terrain which can be confusing. 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.

Across the lake, and visible from the campground and day-use area, is the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail will be a shared-use recreation trail that will wind its way through every Province and Territory forming the longest trail of its kind in the world, spanning approximately 17, 898 kilometres. It will accommodate five core activities: walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling (where possible/desired). It follows the Kettle Valley Railway line past Otter Lake on its way from Princeton to Merritt.

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. A small beach at the campground boat launch provides a spot to swim though it is better at the day-use area in Tulameen.
Canoeing and kayaking allowed on Otter Lake. The narrow lake is ideal for non-motorized watercraft with plenty of shoreline to explore opposite the campground.

Otter Lake is stocked by the Summerland Trout Hatchery with rainbow trout fry resulting in excellent sport fishing opportunities. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Ice fishing is possible on Otter Lake.

Pets on leash
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 Otter Lake 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.

Waterskiing is allowed on Otter Lake.
Winter recreation
Ice fishing is possible on Otter Lake.