Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park

 

Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park is found in a high elevation area between Merritt and Kamloops and is easily accessed from Highway 5. The park protects an open forest of lodgepole pine and spruce as well as large marsh areas. The beautiful Lac Le Jeune lake offers opportunities for catching large rainbow trout, as well as swimming from a sandy beach, boating, canoeing, and kayaking. Fishing is also possible in a multitude of smaller lakes located in the vicinity of this park. An 8-km long trail circles the lake and leads through the forest and marshy meadows. In addition, more than 45 km of hiking trails can be found at the nearby Stake – McConnell recreation area. In winter, these trails are heavily used for cross-country skiing.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets - Drinking Water RV Sani Station - Playground Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - Boating Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - Winter Recreation Cross-country Skiing - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 144, reservable: 87, nearest town: Kamloops (37 km), Merritt (47 km)

Additional Information

Location

Take the Lac Le Jeune Exit off Highway #5 (the Coquihalla) at 37 km south of Kamloops or 47 km north of Merritt. There is also 26 km of paved access off the Highway #1 at Kamloops.

Contact Information

Brandywine Environmental Management Ltd.
E-mail address: office8888@telus.net
Phone: 250-377-8888

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.50 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

During camping season, the front gate is locked from 11:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Campground opening and closing dates: May 15– September 15. Campground dates with full fees and services: May 15 – September 15.

Campground reservable dates: May 12 - September 6. Self-contained units are allowed to camp in the day-use area during the off-season.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

There are 144 vehicle accessible campsites, including 21 double sites. Most sites will accommodate medium to large size recreational units. The sites are shaded by trees and provide a fair amount of privacy. With a small or medium sized camping unit, there will be room for a second vehicle. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

The day-use is a large grassy area near the shore of the lake. Large fir trees shade some of the picnic tables. There is a parking lot adjacent to the day -use. Next to the day-use is a picnic shelter. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A user pay sani-station is located near the entrance to the park. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground and two horseshoe pitches located near the centre of the campground, close to the day-use area.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a concrete car ramp for boats. There is also a speed restriction of 20 km/h on the lake.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

The fishing wharf is wheelchair-accessible. Some facilities and hiking trails in the park are wheelchair accessible, as are 2 stalls each in the flush toilet buildings.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Lac Le Jeune is famous for its rainbow trout fish, an average size of 1.5 kgs. There is a fishing wharf located in front of the day-use area. Other fish in the lake include brook and bull trout, mountain whitefish and lake chub. There are numerous area lakes providing ice fishing opportunities during the winter season.

Hiking

Hiking

The Gus Johnson trail circles the lake. It is approx. 8 km in length. The park provides access to the Gus Johnson trail and the extensive Stake Lake trail system, with over 45 km of trails. These trails are used for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

Swimming

Swimming

There are 146 metres of sandy beach. Swimming is popular and there is a designated swim area.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Cycling opportunities are available on the Gus Johnson and Stake Lake trails with over 45 km of trails.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

Moose, bear, lynx and other animals can be seen along the Gus Johnson and Stake Lake trails. Many birds, including waterfowl, are found along the lakeshore. Watch for Great Blue Heron waiting motionless at the water's edge.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Cross-country skiing is popular on the Gus Johnson trail on the east and south side of the lake, and the adjacent Stake Lake ski area provides 45 km of groomed trails. Snowshoeing opportunities and ice-skating are available in the Stake Lake area. There are numerous area lakes providing ice fishing opportunities during the winter season.

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