Mabel Lake Provincial Park

 

Mabel Lake Provincial Park is located amidst the green, forested Shuswap Highlands on the shore of the beautiful Mabel Lake. The campground features 81 spacious, well-shaded campsites interspersed by green grassy lawns for playing games. Boating, canoeing and kayaking on the 35-km long Mabel Lake can be enjoyed, as well as swimming from a sandy beach (although the water is quite cold). Fishing is reputed to be very good in Mabel Lake: large-sized Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Kokanee and Whitefish are often caught here. Campers staying at Mabel Lake Provincial Park will have a chance to become acquainted with a population of gophers who live in this area.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires - 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 Waterskiing - Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 81, reservable: 0, nearest town: Lumby (36 km), Vernon (62 km)

Additional Information

Location

Take Hwy 6 east from Vernon to Lumby. Follow signs in Lumby turning north onto Mabel Lake Road.  Follow this paved road for 36 kilometers to the park ( the road becomes gravel for the last 1 km).

Contact Information

Quality Recreation Ltd.
E-mail address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca
Phone: (250) 547-6862

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

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

This park is accessible for camping year round (weather permitting), but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: April 24 – Thanksgiving weekend.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 81 vehicle accessible campsites in two campgrounds: Trinity and Monashee. All campsites are set in a thick forest of cedar and hemlock that provide shade and privacy. The sites at Trinity are medium to large in size. The sites at Monashee are smaller and set in a thicker forest.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is a group camping area at this park. Access is through the Monashee Campground. Taylor Creek flows beside the area. The area has a picnic shelter with tables, and a fire ring beside it. There is space in an open grassy area for approximately 10 tents and in an adjacent gravel area surrounded by trees for a further 10 tents or several RVs. Please call 250-545-1560 to reserve the group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a large day-use/picnic area extending from the Trinity Campground to the boat launch. The lawns are level, open and spacious providing the opportunity for a variety of games. The picnic tables have a great view of the lake and the adventure playground. 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 sani-station/dump is located at the entrance to the park across from the service area and information shelter. Drinking water is also available there. The sani-station is available during the collecting season from April 1 - Oct 13. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a double wide concrete boat launch located at the southern boundary of the park beside the Mabel Lake Marina. There is a large wooden dock with rubber bumpers and pilings at the Marina.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing for Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Kokanee and Whitefish can be enjoyed in Mabel Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

A short interpretive trail winds through the shaded forest carpeted in moss exists found between the campsites and the main road.

Swimming

Swimming

Mabel Lake is a great spot for swimming. A very large fine sand beach provides the perfect place to warm up and dry off or just relax in the sun. The beach is easily accessed from both the day-use parking lot and the Trinity Campground. Another smaller beach is found next to the Monashee Campground. The sand is coarser but still a great spot for swimming.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

There are paddling, canoeing and kayaking opportunities at this park. This is a fairly large lake (35 km long) and subject to sudden weather changes. Paddle near shore and explore the extensive shoreline if the weather is poor. The lake is also popular with motor boats.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Waterskiing is possible on Mabel Lake. The boat launch facilities are sufficient for a variety of boats.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There is an abundance of wildlife in the park that makes for good wildlife viewing, especially in the spring and fall.

User Reviews

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

I love this place

Submitted by voyager on June 21, 2009

This is one of my favorite parks in BC. This place is quiet, peaceful, beautiful, and offers excellent fishing. The only downside - the water in the lake is VERY cold. I couldn't stay in the water for more than 5 minutes event at 35 degree heat. But I still love this place. There are fewer people there than in most Okanagan parks, the weather is nice and warm in summer, big camping spots, and lot's of areas for a Frisbee or other games. There is a nice playground area in the park and a volleyball net. I definitely recommend this place.

 

User Images

Garbage bins and pit toilets

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

There are a lot of grassy areas at Mable lake. Great for fun and games.

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Very nice beach... but very cold water

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

One of many gophers roaming around the park

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Fire pit at our campsite

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

A typical campsite at Mable Lake

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Mmmm....  Fishing... at Mable can be very rewarding...

voyager
Jun 12, 2009

Pigs! There is a pig farm close to the park

voyager
Jun 12, 2009

A pig getting a sun ten not far from the park.

voyager
Jun 11, 2009

Gophers. At Mable lake there are a lot of them. They are cute, harmless, spoiled, and provide entertainment... A personal Discovery channel

voyager
Jun 11, 2009

 

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