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Marine-accessible camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Please practice Leave No Trace camping ethics. Small Inlet Marine is accessible year-round and there is no camping fee.

Winter camping

There are no designated campsites at this park, however random wilderness camping is allowed. No facilities are provided and there is no fee. Please practice Leave No Trace camping ethics. Small Inlet Marine is accessible year-round and there is no camping fee.

Campfires

While small fires are allowed, we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. If you do have a fire, please utilize previously constructed fire rings and use small pieces of wood that will burn completely. If you can’t find a previously used site, try to construct your fire rings below the high tide mark. Never leave your fire unattended and practice Leave No Trace camping ethics.

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Hiking
This park has one rough trail to Newton Lake from the southeast corner of Small Inlet. This trail is approximately 1.5 km. 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 is no designated swimming area. However, visitors can swim in the ocean or at Newton Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Canoeing

There are ocean kayaking opportunities in this park. Paddlers can set in at Rock Bay, north of Campbell River. It is possible to portage from Small Inlet Marine Park to nearby Waiatt Bay in Octopus Islands Marine Park via a rough trail, approximately 1.5 km long.

Fishing

Salmon and rockfish can be found in the waters around Small Inlet. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations. Rockfish Conservation Areas occur within this park. Fishing activities are limited in Rockfish Conservation Areas. Before you go fishing please refer to the Rockfish Conservation Area descriptions available from Fisheries and Oceans Canada DFO. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Pets on leash

Pets and domestic animals must be 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.