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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 176
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 182
Total wilderness sites: 24
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All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservation service. When reservations are not available, all campsites function as first come, first served.

Backcountry camping

There are six campsites located at each of the four backcountry camping areas: 

  • Greendrop Lake (5.5km)
  • Lindeman Lake (1.5km)
  • Flora Lake (7km)
  • Radium Lake (6.5km)

These backcountry camping areas are in different locations from the frontcountry campgrounds of the same names. 

There is one pit toilet and one bear cache at Lindeman Lake. There is no garbage removal service at any backcountry campsite. Leave No Trace practices apply. Pack out what you pack in.

Marine access camping facilities are not available and shoreline camping is not permitted on Chilliwack Lake. 

Registration and camping fees

Camping fee: $5 per person per night (6+)

Payment must be made via the backcountry permit registration service. Cash payments for backcountry camping opportunities are not available. As there is no cell service in the park, visitors need to register before leaving a cell service area. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip.

Vehicle-accessible camping

This park offers campsite reservations for 176 sites in five vehicle-accessible campgrounds.

Please note that these frontcountry campgrounds are different locations from the backcountry camping areas of the same names. 

The frontcountry campgrounds are: 

  • Lindeman Loop (sites 1–23)
  • Greendrop Loop (sites 1–18)
  • Paleface Loop (sites 1–48)
  • Flora Loop (sites 1–33)
  • Radium Loop (sites 1–60)
    • Radium Loop has larger sites more suitable for RV units. 

There are 25 double sites total across the five campgrounds and one pull-through site. There is a two vehicle maximum per site, with the second vehicle paying an extra half camping fee (a second RV will incur an extra full fee). Maximum eight people (up to four adults) per site. No extra parking available.

When the campground is full, we ask that visitors do not drive around looking for available sites as it creates traffic congestion and noise.

There is no pay phone available at this park and no cell phone service. 

The nearest store and pay phones are approximately 32 km away. 

Vehicle-accessible camping fees

  • $22 per party per night
  • BC senior’s rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $11 per senior party per night. See the camping fees page for information on camping discounts for seniors.
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Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for Chilliwack Lake Park, as well as these areas of the park:

Drinking water

Cold-water taps are located in each of the vehicle-accessible campgrounds. There are no taps available at the backcountry sites. Taps are shut off during the off season.


There is an adventure playground at this park in the Paleface Loop camping area.

Boat launch
  • There is a gradual single-wide boat launch next to the day-use area and campground. 
  • The boat launch is small, shallow, and designed for boats less than 20 ft long. Larger vessels will have difficulty launching. 
  • Water levels at Chilliwack Lake fluctuate seasonally. At times the lake rises to the point where the boat launch is underwater and unusable. Alternatively, the water can drop to the point where rocks and boulders are exposed. Carefully examine the boat launch prior to launching your vessel. Use at your own risk. 
  • There is a day-use parking area for vehicles and trailers during the day only. Boats associated with registered camping parties can be left in the water or beached overnight at the owner's risk. There is no marina nearby to moor boats. 
  • There is a speed restriction of 'dead slow' around the boat launch. There is a 10 km per hour, 100 meter shoreline speed restriction around the lake and a 25 km per hour restriction on the remainder of the lake. 
  • Marine access camping facilities are not available. Camping is not permitted on the shores of the lake.

Sani-station use fee: $5 per discharge.

The sani-station is not operational in the off-season.


Fires are permitted only in designated fire rings in the frontcountry campsites. Fire restrictions may be in place during times of high forest fire rating.

Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry.

  • While campfire rings are provided at each frontcountry 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

There is no formal picnic area or picnic tables for day-use. There is a sandy beach. The day-use area is closed from dusk to 7am.

Pit or flush toilets

There are pit toilets in the day-use area and at each of the vehicle-accessible campgrounds. There are no pit toilets available at the backcountry sites except for one at Lindeman Lake. There are no flush toilets or showers at this park.

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There are three main trails at this park which all share the same trailhead at the Post Creek Parking Lot. 

  • Lindeman Lake is 3.4 km return
  • Greendrop Lake is 10.4 km return
  • Flora Lake is 14 km return 

The Radium Lake Trailhead (16 km return) is accessible from the Chilliwack Lake Campground.

The Trans Canada Trail winds through park. See the Trans Canada Trail website for more information.

For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Hiking and trail Notices

  • South Fraser Trail Conditions Report [PDF] (August 31, 2023) (scroll down to the Chilliwack Lake Park entry)
  • Lindeman Lake Trail: open
  • The trail between Lindeman Lake and Greendrop Lake has experienced washing out and has been re-routed by the creek near Greendrop Lake. Hikers should follow the square orange markers, and not the flagging tape through this area.
  • The trail between Greendrop and Flora Lakes has once again grown over and has become difficult to follow. It is not recommended for those without considerable experience in route-finding.
  • The Greendrop/Flora Trail crosses several large landslides which requires hikers to scramble over, under, or around some large boulders. It should only be travelled by experienced backpackers with good footwear.
  • Radium Lake Trail: From May to October, hikers can park in the day-use parking lot and follow the Trans Canada Trail to the Radium Trail. When the park gate is closed (October to May), hikers can park on Chilliwack Lake Road at the end of the pavement (not in front of gate) and follow the park road or the Trans Canada Trail in.

The Park Map [PDF] shows a number of 'routes' that are not actively maintained by BC Parks. Many of these routes are in poor condition, are unmarked, and are not recommended for travel. These routes are: Hanging Lake and the route from Radium Lake to the Chilliwack Lake Eco Reserve

Travel should not be attempted on the aforementioned trails except by very experienced hikers familiar in the use of a map and compass for navigational purposes. Anyone hiking these routes should be prepared for travel through heavy understory for the duration of the hike.

Visitors can enjoy swimming at Chilliwack Lake, but the water is very cold. There are no swimming rafts. The beach area is sandy. This area is prone to high winds in the afternoons. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Only experienced paddlers should attempt to canoe or kayak in the park. 

Dangerous currents exist at the outflow of Chilliwack Lake and several kilometres downstream. Avoid boating and rafting in this area. Strong winds are unpredictable.

There are no canoe or kayak rentals available in the park.


Only experienced paddlers should attempt to canoe or kayak in the park. 

Dangerous currents exist at the outflow of Chilliwack Lake and several kilometres downstream. Avoid boating and rafting in this area. Strong winds are unpredictable.

There are no canoe or kayak rentals available in the park.


Visitors can fish for Dolly Varden, kokanee, rainbow, and cutthroat trout. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate, valid licence.

Pets on leash

Pets must be on leash at all times inside the provincial park boundaries. Pets are permitted to be off-leash only when they are swimming in the dog-friendly area on the right side of the boat launch. Please do not leave pets unattended.

You are responsible for your pet’s behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Pets are not allowed in the day-use beach area to the left of the boat launch, the playground and field areas, or any park buildings. 

Do not bring pets into the backcountry or on trails, as they can create potential conflicts with wildlife. 


Bicycles must keep to roadways and bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.

Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are also not allowed on the trails within S⨱ótsaqel / Chilliwack 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.

Waterskiing is popular on Chilliwack Lake.
There are windsurfing opportunities. The lake usually has strong winds in the afternoons.
Horseback riding
Horse use is allowed on the Trans Canada Trail only.

Hunting is permitted within Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park. All hunters should refer to our hunting guide.