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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 23
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 35
Total double sites: 7
Total RV-accessible sites: 1

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

All campsite reservations must be made the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.

Group picnic shelter reservations are accepted for the picnic shelter through the BC Parks reservations system.

Vehicle-accessible camping

The small campground is located on a point of land at the south-west end of Summit Lake. It contains 35 vehicle-accessible sites, with a paved, circular, one way traffic road. A park gate is located just past the day-use parking lot. 

Seven of the sites are double sites. There are no pull-through sites, tent pads or tent sites. The sites are shady and small, in an intimate setting along the lake front or with in the cedar hemlock forest. Extra vehicles must pay the extra vehicle fee and can be parked in the day-use parking lot located near the park entrance. 

A pay phone is nearby at the pump house found in the centre of the campground. Services are offered between May and September. The closest store is in Nakusp, 18 km west on Highway 6. 

Reservations are accepted and first come, first served campsites are also available. Visitors without reservations can select any site with out a reserved sign and staff will come to collect fees. 

Vehicle-accessible camping fee$26 per party per night
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$13 per senior party per night

For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page. 

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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park.

Drinking water

Cold well water is available for cooking and drinking. Three water taps are located in the campground with one water tap in the day-use and picnic area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Boat launch

Registered campers can use the single wide, all gravel boat launch located in the campground at campsite #29. This boat launch accommodates car top boats. Boat trailers must be parked at the users campsite or at the day-use parking lot. Visitors can leave their boats on the shore in front of their campsites. A public boat launch is located 1km south of the park.


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

Upon entering the park, turn right to access the day-use parking lot. A short walk will lead you to the lake, day-use and picnic area. You will find a 100 metres long pebble beach and a small grassy area with 6 tables. A pit toilet and water tap is nearby. There are no fire pits or barbeque stands.

In the campground by campsite #1, is a grassy field with an open picnic shelter equipped which has four picnic tables. It does not have any cooking facilities. There is a water tap with potable water. 

Group picnicking is open during the main camping season and reservations are available for the picnic shelter through the BC Parks reservations system. The Group picnicking fee is $50 per group.

Pit or flush toilets

One pit and three flush toilets are located throughout the campground. The day-use area has one pit toilet.

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This park has a short, graveled walking trail from the campground to the day-use and picnic area. 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.


The beach is 100 metres long with a shale and pebble type surface. Warm water attracts swimmers and makes this a very popular swimming area. There is no roped off swimming area. There are no lifeguards on duty.


There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Paddlers can access the lake from either the boat launch or the lake front campsites. Many users leave their canoe and kayak on the beach.


There are opportunities for canoeing or kayaking in this park. Paddlers can access the lake from either the boat launch or the lake front campsites. Many users leave their canoe and kayak on the beach.


Park visitors can enjoy summer or winter fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. Check the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for quotas and restrictions.

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. Ask the park operator for information.

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. There is no off leash area in this park. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to potential for problems with wildlife. 


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 Summit Lake Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted.