A very popular destination, the park operates at capacity from early July to Labour Day (early September).
The park is situated on the old delta of Scotch Creek, has one kilometre of sandy, pebble beach, and includes the whole of Copper Island. The park also offers a large grassy play area, an adventure playground, a large boat launch, and a self-guiding nature trail.
Boaters may wish to visit Copper Island, located 1.3 kilometres offshore. A 2.8km hiking trail provides beautiful views of the area. Please note that overnight camping, including houseboats, and campfires are prohibited on the island.
Supplies, groceries, and many recreational opportunities including bumper boats, mini-golf driving range, go-karts, para-sailing, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, boat, and jet-ski rentals are offered by near-by businesses.
During peak periods, security is on a 24-hour basis. During peak periods, security can be contacted at the gate office between 7am and 10pm and at the main gate from 10pm to 7am.
Quiet hours are 10pm to 7am. Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours. Disturbances will not be tolerated and those who cause a disturbance may be fined or evicted.
It is an offense to possess or consume alcohol in a public place.
Hibachis and campstoves can burn the picnic tables. Please do not use them on the tables.
When left unattended or at night, valuables should be stored out of sight and locked up at all times. Please report all thefts to the park facility operator as soon as possible.
The building of forts in the wooded areas and using chalk on the roadways are not permitted.
The speed limit within the park is 20km per hour.
Parking is prohibited on the side of the road. Please park on the gravelled portion of your campsite or in designated parking spaces. Vehicles parked in the day-use area after 11pm may be towed.
Motorcycles are permitted on park roads only. Motorcycles must be properly licensed and must be operated by a licensed driver only. Helmets must be worn.
Depending on late spring or early summer rainfall, there may be limited beach area due to high water levels of the lake.
As of 2010, BC Parks implemented a generator policy for our parks. This policy restricts the recreational use of generators in parks, conservancies, protected areas, and recreation areas.
Our policy restricts generator use to the hours of 9am to 11am, and from 6pm to 8pm. Reducing the hours of generator use has helped to reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption, and noise levels in protected areas.
Generators can also be very noisy and disruptive to a visitor’s experience. Even the very quiet models of generators can be disruptive to other visitors, as even slight noises can carry in a park, especially during quiet time.
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 are required for all campsites in this park during the main camping season.
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through the BC Parks reservations system.
There is a group campsite at this park. The group site has a covered shelter and large grassy area. There are several individual campsites to allow some privacy in the group site. Reservation information
Youth group camping charges per night are $1 per person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the youth group policy about criteria for youth groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00 per group site per night, plus $5 per adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1 per child (6 to 15). Children under 6 are free.
This park offers large, vehicle-accessible campsites. There are 44 double camping sites. No pull-through sites are available. Almost all sites offer shade at different periods throughout the day. Campsite reservations are accepted. The campground has a gatehouse that is manned from 7am to 10pm during the peak periods.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
A paved double boat launch, no limit to size (vehicle towed) located within the day-use area. Hours are 7am to 9:30pm. There is a no fee large parking lot (no overnight storage).
During times of low lake water levels, usually September to April, please check the section of boat launch underwater to ensure launching can be completed successfully with your unit.
The launch is not steep. Boats are prohibited from staying overnight on the park beach. There is a marina to the parks immediate west and there are several other marinas located around the lake. Water skiing and windsurfing are allowed on the lake. Safe boating procedures should be practiced at all times. Be aware of swimming areas. Get a weather forecast, and be alert to changing weather. Personal watercraft must obey all boating regulations.
The sani-station is located is along the entrance road near the service yard. There are hose hook-ups for campers and trailers located at the sani-station.
Sites #1 to 19 and #23 to 37 offer electrical hookups. An additional service charge of $8.00 per night, applies to these sites regardless of whether electrical service is used.
Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. 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. Campfire bans may be implemented and some parks may use communal fire rings. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking. Fires are prohibited in the day-use areas.
This park has a day-use and picnic area. The day-use area has tables, a change house, and flush toilets. This area also offers a grassy play area, an adventure playground, an amphitheatre, a self-guided nature trail, and a boat launch. The day use area offers no covered shelters, BBQs, fire pits, or water taps. There are no horseshoe pits. This park has a large sandy beach in the day-use area. The day-use area is open between 7am and 10pm. The gates will be closed and access will be prohibited outside of these hours. Fires are prohibited in the day-use areas.
There are numerous walking and biking trails, and one self interpretation trail in the park. Copper Island has a 2.8km hiking trail for viewing surrounding areas. Access to Copper Island is by boat only. 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.
There are no lifeguards on duty. There is 1km of sand and pebble beach, and a swimming area marked by buoys. Shuswap Lake is very busy. Swimmer’s Itch is present at times. It can best be avoided by towelling off as soon as you leave the water, or by applying baby oil to your skin before you enter the water. In the summer months the water temperature is very inviting for swimmers. Snorkeling is popular.
Canoeing is popular on the lake. Please note that lake conditions can change quickly. Pay close attention to changing weather and wind conditions. Large waves can develop quickly. Boat, canoe, and jet-ski rentals are available from businesses in the local area.
Kayaking is popular on the lake. Please note that lake conditions can change quickly. Pay close attention to changing weather and wind conditions. Large waves can develop quickly.
Shuswap Lake offers excellent recreational fishing opportunities for species such as lake trout and rainbow, bull trout, kokanee, burbot, and whitefish. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Licences and bait can be purchased locally. Refer to the British Columbia Fishing regulations for limits, closures, and restrictions. There are special regulations for Shuswap Lake.
Regularly scheduled interpretive programs may be available during July and August.
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 more information.
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas, beach trail or park buildings. While the day-use area and beach are off-limits to dogs and other domestic animals, a stretch of beach is available adjacent to the boat launch where visitors may swim with their dogs. Please remember 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.
Only specific trails are open to bike use. Ensure all bikes stay on trails. With heavy vehicle use on park roads, ensure youngsters are supervised. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
To protect the park vegetation, cyclists are not permitted on the nature trails, grassy areas, or on the shoulders and banks of park roads. Cyclists are permitted on the park perimeter trail and the beach trail but must give way to pedestrians and hikers. All bike paths are gravel.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Shuswap 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.
On the north shore of the main arm of Shuswap Lake, and includes Copper Island. Leave Hwy #1 at Squilax, and drive 19km on paved roads. Note that Copper Island is only accessible by boat.
This park proudly operated by:
Shuswap Adams Parks Ltd.
Shuswap Lake Park was established in 1956 and was named for the Shuswap Natives, whose artifacts are found in this area.
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.