Summit Lake Provincial Park is a beautiful 6 hectare park located on a peninsula that juts out into Summit Lake. Seventeen of the parks thirty four campsites are on the lake with their own waterfront access. The park is a destination for avid fishers and families seeking a tranquil park setting on a beautiful lake. Park visitors enjoy canoeing, fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout or swimming in the lake’s clear, refreshing mountain water.
Mountain goats can often be viewed on rocky outcroppings and in late summer a natural spectacle occurs as thousands of toads emerge from the lake and migrate to the nearby forest to hibernate for the winter.
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Parking is permitted only in designated lots and on the gravel portion of campsites. Parking is not permitted on roadsides.
There is some wheelchair access in the park. All of the toilet facilities in the park are accessible for wheelchairs. None of the campsites are paved.
Cold potable well water is available for cooking and drinking. Three water taps are randomly located in the campground with one water tap in the day-use/picnic area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Upon entering the park turn right to access the day-use/picnic parking lot. Just a short walk will lead you to the lake and the day-use/picnic area. Here you will find a 100 metres long, shale/pebble type beach. At the edge of the forest, approximately 10 metres from the shoreline, on a small grassy area are 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 containing a wood stove. Campers and picnickers use both.
Reservations are available for the picnic shelter, contact Discover Camping at 1-800-689-9025 or online at www.discovecamping.ca.
For information on the park and surrounding area, visit the information shelter at the campground entrance, the park host at site #1, or talk to any park staff.
One pit and three flush toilets are located throughout the campground. The day-use/picnic area has one pit toilet.
While 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 $7.00 per bundle. 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.
The small park and campground is located on a point of land at the south-west end of Summit Lake. The campground is circular, with a gravel, one way traffic road and contains 35 vehicle accessible sites. Seven of the sites are doubles. There is 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 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 in the high use season between May and September. This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis, and by reservations through Discover camping (1-800-689-9025 or online at www.discovercamping.ca). Non reservation visitors may select an available site and either self register by placing payment in the fee vault located at the campground entrance, or wait for a Park Attendant to collect the fees.
The closest store is in Nakusp, 18 km west on highway 6.
For the use of registered campers, there is a single wide, all gravel boat launch located in the campground at campsite #29. This boat launch accommodates car top boats. A wharf is available to assist with launching. Boat trailers must be parked at the users campsite or at the day-use parking lot. Visitors do leave their boats on the shore in front of their campsites. A public boat launch is located 1 km south of the park.
HIKING: This park has a short gravelled walking trail from the campground to the day-use/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.
PETS ON LEASH: Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. There is no off leash area in this park. 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.
SWIMMING: The beach is 100 metres long and has a shale/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 at provincial parks.
FISHING: 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 Fishing Regulations Synopsis for quotas and restrictions.
CANOEING: 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/kayak on the beach.
CYCLING: Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.