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Schoen Lake Park


Vehicle-accessible camping
This park offers 9 vehicle-accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. All sites are located close to the lake and no facilities are provided other than pit toilets. Campsite reservations are not accepted.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $11.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $5.50 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
From June 15 to September 15 the on-site park facility operator collects campsite fees, and during other times campsite fees are collected by a self-registration system at the park. The campground is closed and the gate is locked from November 1 to March 1. Typically the access road to the campsite is impassable due to snow from late December to late March.
Wilderness camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. The most popular spots are Schoen Creek, Nisnak Creek, and upstream from Nisnak Creek toward Nisnak Meadows. Access to Nisnak Meadows is via an unmarked and unmaintained hiking route. Please practice “Leave No Trace” camping ethics.

Winter camping
For public safety purposes, Schoen Lake campground is closed and the gate is locked from November 1 to April 1, due to the threat of slides during the rainy season. Typically the access road to the campsite is impassable due to snow from late December to late March. There is no winter camping fee.
Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Picnic areas
There is a small day-use/picnic area in the park next to the boat launch.
Pit or flush toilets
There are two pit toilets available in the park, located in the centre of the campsite.
Boat launch
This park has a rough boat launching area for car-toppers located at the Schoen Lake campsite; a four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended.

While fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Campers must use fire rings provided at each campsite.

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. 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 are no maintained trails in this park, however there are some rugged, unmarked routes that offer hiking opportunities. Routes include the Schoen Creek Trail from the Davie Road campground and the Nisnak Lake Trail. Or set your sights on 1,802-metre Mt. Schoen, a climb that will reward you with panoramic vistas of the lake and surrounding area.

There is no designated swimming area at this park, however visitors do swim in Schoen Lake.

Caution: Near the campground is a log jam covering the outflow of Schoen lake flowing into the Davie River; swimmers should stay clear of this log jam as it is unstable and currents can be unsafe. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

There are canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park in 5-km long Schoen Lake. Paddlers can set in at a rough boat launching area, located at the Schoen Lake campsite.

Campers and day-use visitors can enjoy angling for lake trout in Schoen Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash and under control at all times. 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 are only permitted on park roads. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Schoen 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.


Portions of this park are open to hunting for specific species. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.

Winter recreation
This park offers potential for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing in the small sub-alpine area located 3 km north of the campsite. This area can only be accessed via Western Forest Products logging roads from the Mt. Cain Road.