Mabel Lake Provincial Park is located 37 km (23 miles) north of
on the Lumby Mabel Lake Road.
To get to Mabel Lake Provincial Park either, travel 110 km (69 miles)
west from Needles
or 28 km (17.5 miles) east from Vernon
on Hwy 6 to Lumby. Once you're at Lumby, travel north 32 km (20
miles) on the paved Lumby Mabel Lake Road to a point where the Shuswap
River enters the lake from the south, then continue an additional
5 km (3 miles) on the now gravel Mabel Lake Road to the park gate.
The main highlights of Mabel Lake Provincial Park revolve on a much
quieter setting than those found in the more bustling Okanagan Valley.
Mabel Lake is a fairly good-sized lake, 35 km (22 miles) long that
is very clean, deep and features excellent fishing opportunities
especially if you enjoy angling for various species of trout and
Spring salmon. The air temperature also tends to be still as hot
during the day as the Okanagan Valley but the evenings tend to be
much cooler allowing for a more comfortable sleeping environment.
The camping at Mabel Lake Provincial Park is comprised of 84 vehicle
accessible campsites (not serviced) within two campgrounds: Monashee
(2 loops) & Trinity (3 loops), plus a groupsite. Each campground
loop features 2 flush toilets with cold water sinks, plus a drinking
water post. Most sites offer shade & privacy with a gravel pad,
each has it's own picnic table & fire ring. Sites vary in length,
and are suitable for RV's & tenting but larger RV's may find
parking a bit more difficult. No showers are available at this park
& there is no cell service within 15 kilometers.
When the campgound is full, there is an Overflow area, which can
accommodate up to 15 RV's. Overflow campers must register in advance
at the host site and be assigned a spot in the Overflow, and placed
on the campsite queue. Each evening, the Park Operator advises the
queued campers which site they have been assigned for their move
into the campground on the following morning. Tents are not permitted
Mabel Lake Provincial Park is an excellent place for families to
enjoy especially with all the activities geared towards kids and
enjoying the lazy days of summer. The park sits next to the lakeshore
with quick access to Mabel Lake. The day-use area also features
a grass area, picnic tables, 2 sandy beaches with which are marked
with buoys, lots of other places to swim, fish and play on a grass
field. Just remember there are no lifeguards present, the lake drops-off
quickly into the water, so watch non-swimmers and children plus
there are areas dedicated to boaters so respect this. Unfortunately
moorage is not allowed at the dock
If you are boating, there is a good boat launch at the provincial
park located next to the day-use area and the overload area. Here
you can find a large concrete ramp with dock lining one side of
the launch where you can launch boats of all different sizes. There
is a large parking lot located here for vehicle and boat trailer
Situated right next to the boat launch is the South Mabel Marina.
The marina sells fuel, has fishing gear, bait and ice, plus has
a small general store selling limited provisions including convenience
items including ice-cream cones, a real favourite with the kids.
There is a short trail located next to the boat launch for easy
access from between the beach and the campground in the provincial
park to the South Mabel Marina.
The Groupsite is suitable for approx 7 RV's and several tents (max
group capacity is 70 people), with 2 flush toilets and cold water
sinks. It includes a picnic shelter with several tables, a drinking
water post, large fire-ring, and a large open grassy area with beach
access to the private swimming beach.
Forest Service Road (FSR)
For backroad enthusiasts there is also 67 km (42 miles) of a gravel
road route to Mabel Lake Provincial Park from Hwy 1 about 20 km
(12.5 miles) west of Revelstoke.
The route starts near Three Valley Gap on the gravel Kingfisher
Forest Service Road (FSR) then the Mabel Lake FSR. Unfortunately
both roads are restricted, have active logging on them and are required
to be radio-assisted traffic controlled. Both FSR's can also be
narrow in places and if you are hauling a trailer not recommended,
but for dual-sport motorcycles, 4x4's and for those familiar with
travelling on an FSR, it is very scenic and offers a number of recreation
sites along the way at Wap Lake, Cottonwood Bay and Cascade South.
Supplies and services found at the small community of Lumby which
is approximately 30-45 minutes away by vehicle. Here you can find
the Visitor Info Centre, gas station, large grocery store and liquor
store. If you enjoy exploring there are a number of adventure routes
you can do from Lumby one is taking Aberdeen Philpott FSR to Hwy
33 east of Rutland going south or travelling north back towards
Mabel Lake and taking the Trinity Valley Road to Ashton Creek and
For trout-fishing opportunities you can travel south-east from Lumby
on the Creighton Valley Road to Echo
Lake Provincial Park.