Sproat Lake Provincial Park

 

Sproat Lake Provincial Park is located on the north shore of Sproat Lake, 13 km northwest of Port Alberni on central Vancouver Island. This beautiful lake is the center of activity here and is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, boating, waterskiing, and windsurfing. The lake is also home to the gigantic Martin Mars Waterbomber planes, which are used to fight forest fires in the height of the summer. These huge aircraft are capable of scooping up to 27 tonnes of water from the lake at a time. Visitors to this park can view a panel of prehistoric petroglyphs carved in a rock near the pier, which can be accessed by a short walk from the campsite. At 3 pm every Saturday during the summer, a Park Naturalist hosts a Jerry's Rangers program for kids ages 5-11, and 7:00pm, there is an interpretive program or a guided hike for all ages.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving Boating Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 59, reservable: 29, nearest town: Port Alberni (13 km)

Additional Information

Location

Sproat Lake Provincial Park is located 13 km northwest of Port Alberni on central Vancouver Island, on the north shore of Sproat Lake, and can be reached via Hwy #4.

Contact Information

R.L.C. Enterprize Ltd.
E-mail address: office@rlcenterprize.com
Phone: (250) 474-1336

Camping Information

Fees

Upper Campground Rate:

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

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

Lower Campground Rate:

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $22.00 per party / night

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14): $11.00 per senior couple/night.

Winter Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $10.00 per party / night.

Operation Dates

Lower campground is open for camping all year, but there are no services such as water and firewood during the off-season. Upper camground is closed for camping during the off-season.

Campground dates with full fees and services (applies to both campgrounds): April 15 – October 15. Campground reservable dates: May 15 - September 8.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

There are two separate campgrounds with vehicle accessible campsites in this park. The Lower campground is located close to the lake. The Upper campground, with 44 campsites, is located across the highway from the lake and is connected to the lower campground (15 campsites) and beach access by a trail that leads through a highway underpass.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a large day-use / picnic area, located next to the lower campground. Three separate picnic sites are conveniently located throughout the day-use area. Facilities include a number of picnic tables set under a canopy of Douglas fir and Western red cedar, fresh water, campfire rings, a large grassy area, pit toilets and 2 flush toilet buildings. The grassy area and beach are also suitable for picnicking, or just lounging in the sun next to the lake. Day-use Area Vehicle Parking Fee: $1.00 per vehicle / hour to a maximum of $3.00 per vehicle per day.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfire rings are provided at each campsite and in the day-use area. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Facility Operator.

Showers

Showers

There are hot showers at this park. The shower building is located adjacent to the boat launch and next to the lower campground.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located at both campgrounds and the day-use area. Taps are shut off during the off-season.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a boat launch available at this park. This boat launch is very busy during the summer season.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There are opportunities for fresh water fishing in Sproat Lake. Fishing is permitted as per provincial and federal fishing regulations and is subject to closures.

Hiking

Hiking

There are only short access trails in this park. The upper campground is connected to the lower campground and beach access by a trail that leads through a highway underpass. A ½ km trail leads from the main parking lot at the day-use area and along the lake to a small pier at the east end of the park. At the pier, visitors can view the park's panel of prehistoric petroglyphs, considered one of the finest in British Columbia.

Swimming

Swimming

The warm waters of Sproat Lake are ideal for swimming. There are two main swimming areas in the park - near the boat launch in the day-use area and at the lower campground.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Sproat Lake offers opportunities for fresh water scuba diving.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist at this park. Paddlers can set in at the boat launch or at any accessible point along the lake.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Waterskiing is a popular activity on Sproat Lake. A boat launch is located near the day-use area.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

When the wind is up, Sproat Lake offers opportunities for windsurfing.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways; cycling is not allowed on park trails.

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