Provincial Parks | Forest Recreation Sites
Whether you prefer full-facility campgrounds or tranquil wilderness sites accessible only by foot, the Tumbler Ridge area offers many Tumbler Ridge camping options. Several Provincial Parks are relatively close by and provide, in addition to camping, diverse opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, picnicking, wildlife-viewing and photography.
Many of the sites are situated on or near lakes or rivers, perfect places to cast a line. If you are an angler, take some time to discover fishing in the Tumbler Ridge area.
There are campgrounds for RVrs who want to pull in, hook up and enjoy their home away from home. For those seeking a more rustic experience, the Tumbler Ridge area offers a number of Forest Recreation Sites scattered about the region. Some are located at the end of rough back roads and are perfect basecamps for hiking.
User fees may apply at Provincial Park campgrounds. Information available about fees and much more at BC Parks’ website. http://www.bcparks.ca
Located 3 km (2 mi) south of Tumbler Ridge on the banks of Flatbed Creek along Highway 29, the Lions Campground has 40 rustic campsites with firepits, firewood, picnic tables, hot coin showers, sani-station, flush toilets. No electricity. Open May to October. Fees apply. Call 250-242-1197 for more information and to make reservation.
Monkman RV Park
Overlooks the Murray River Valley and Bergeron Mountain, 3 km (2 mi) north of town. 54 full-service sites. Electricity, water, washrooms, coin showers, laundry facilities, picnic tables, playground. Campers welcome. Fees apply. Information at Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre, 250-242-4242.
NOTE: Some of these parks are less developed than those in more heavily populated areas of the province.
Monkman Provincial Park / Kinuseo Falls Campground
Found 63 km (39 mi) south of town on the unpaved Murray River Forest Service Road, which follows the west side of the Murray River, Monkman Provincial park is 62,896 hectares (155,353 acres) of scenic splendour. The Kinuseo Fall Campground has 21 campsites (some pull-through), tent pads, picnic areas, playground, pit toilets, boat launch, water taps. Trails to the Stone Corral and Canary Falls are relatively close to the campsite, and stunning Kinuseo Falls is 3 km (2 mi) downstream. Wheelchair-accessible outhouses and falls viewing platform. Open May 15 to Sept. 30. Fees apply.
Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
Set in the Rocky Mountain foothills on Highway 29, midway between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd (45 km/28 mi in either direction). The park is very popular, due to its roadside accessibility and good fishing. 49 vehicle/tent campsites, boat launch, swimming, firepits and wood, picnic tables, pump water, pit toilets. About half the size of Monkman Park, all roads are paved and many campsites back onto the lake for breathtaking views. Open May 1 to September 30. No reservations. Fees apply.
Bearhole Lake Provincial Park and Protected Area
Bearhold lake is the closest Provincial Park to town in an area teeming with wildlife. The park is accessed by heading 7 km north along the Heritage Highway (52) then east 20 km (12 mi) along the Kiskatinaw Forest Service Road. This road is not usually maintained and can be rough, especially after it rains. Caution advised.There is vehicle-accessible camping at a rustic former recreation site on the shores of Bearhole Lake. There is a boat launch, picnic area and pit toilets. Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided. No charge.
Sukunka Falls Provincial Park
To get to Sukunka Falls, travel northwest of Tumbler Ridge on Highway 29 for 50 km (31 mi), then turn left turn onto Sukunka Forest Service Road for 25 km (16 mi). Three sets of falls and rapids offer viewing opportunities from roadside locations. Fishing, hiking, picnicking and bare-bones tent camping. Open May to October. No charge.
Wapiti Lake Provincial Park
Wilderness camping amidst stunning scenic beauty of fast-flowing rivers, clear lakes and surrounding mountains. Best visited by experienced backpackers/hikers only. 60 km (37 mi) south of Tumbler Ridge, accessed via the Wapiti River Forest Service Road. Tenting or use of a 4-person backcountry cabin (at km 19.2), which must be kept clean and in good condition for the next visitor. Terrain is rugged and weather can change quickly. Be prepared for an extended stay if necessary and advise friends or relatives of your destination and expected trip duration. No services. No charge.
Park information and Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society hiking brochures available at the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.
There are nine Recreation Sites in the Tumbler Ridge area. All sites are accessible via two-wheel drive (though access to many is via gravel road), within driving distance of Tumbler Ridge, and are free of charge. These sites include:
- Flatbed East on Highway 52 south of Tumbler Ridge – 6 sites
- Foot Lake (also called Boot Lake) on the Hourglass Road east of Tumbler Ridge – 12 sites
- Moose Lake north of Tumbler Ridge off Highway 29 – 8 sites.
- Redwillow River – on the Red Willow FSR south of Tumbler Ridge – 5 sites
- Stony Lake – on highway 52, south of Tumbler Ridge – 12 sites
- Thunder Creek – on highway 52, SE of Tumbler Ridge – 2 sites
- Wapiti Crossing – on the Wapiti FSR south of Tumbler Ridge -10 sites
- Wapiti River – south of Wapiti Crossing – 7 sites
- Windfall Creek – on the Sukunka FSR west of Tumbler Ridge – 2 sites
For more information go to www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca