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Total number of campsites
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 275
Total groupsites: Informal (see Group Camping below)
Group camping

Tunkwa Lake has informal clusters of campsites. Facilities range from the typical individual campsites to clusters of four, allowing camping parties to camp together. Larger groups of campers are accommodated in the cluster sites, fees are charged on the usual per-party basis.

Vehicle-accessible camping

At Tunkwa Park there are three separate campgrounds, Tunkwa, Leighton and Leighton North. Combined, the three campgrounds offer 55 traditional style sites and 220 informal sites.

The traditional sites can accommodate camping units from a tent to a large recreational vehicle. The sites are in both treed and open grassy areas. The informal sites allow for groups of camping units to camp together. Some of these group sites are in treed areas, however some are out in the open with no trees or shade. All three campgrounds offer both styles of camping. 

If there are no staff at the campground upon arrival, choose a site and pay later. Staff will be at the campground at least once a day during the camping season. The entrance gates are not locked at night. The nearest pay phone is right where you enter Tunkwa campground and the nearest amenities are in Logan Lake. 

Long-stay camping

Sites 54 to 66 and 70 to 79 are designated as “long-stay” sites. A minimum of 4 consecutive weeks must be booked. The long stay program is from May 1 to October 12 in this park. Please contact the park operator to book one of these sites. 

Vehicle-accessible camping fee$18 per party per night
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$9 per senior party per night
Long-stay camping$70 per week

For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page. Information on long-stay camping is available on the Frontcountry Camping webpage.

Accessibility information

Accessibility information is available for this park, as well as these areas of the park:

Drinking water

Hand pumps provide potable water. Two pumps are located at the Tunkwa campground and one pump each at both Leighton and Leighton North campgrounds.

Boat launch

There are two gravel boat launches, one at Tunkwa and one at Leighton. Tunkwa has a maximum 10hp restriction, and boaters on both lakes should use slow speeds to avoid damaging habitat or quiet fishing enjoyment.


Firewood can be purchased from the park operator or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. If you rely on campfires for cooking, be prepared to bring a portable stove should a campfire ban be implemented.

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, it is prohibited to 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.

Picnic areas
Day-use facilities are available at the south end of Tunkwa Lake. A pit toilet and 10 picnic tables are provided. This is a natural grass area right next to the lake that is very open with no shade.
Pit or flush toilets
Pit toilets are located at each campground.

Visitors can hike the grasslands or do a long wander around Tunkwa Lake.


There are no lifeguards on duty.

Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist on both lakes.

Both lakes are popular for trout fishing. Lakes are stocked annually with rainbow trout. Fishing is from boats, float tubes, canoes and from shore. There are no fish cleaning stations. Fish must be cleaned out in the lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.

Interpretive programs

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that will teach basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the park operator for information.

Pets on leash
Pets 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.