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Summit Lake Provincial Park
Summit Lake Provincial Park is located around 16.5 km (10 miles) south-east of Nakusp, and 30 km (19 miles) north-west of New Denver on Hwy 6.

Crystal Clear Waters
The main highlights at Summit Lake Provincial Park include swimming, fishing, and mountain biking with a beautiful mountain setting in the background. Canoeing, kayaking, and other types of water craft activities are also very popular in Summit Lake. The water found here is crystal clear as it runs off the nearby pristine section of the Selkirk Mountains called the Nakusp Range.

Campground
The campground found at Summit Lake Provincial Park has a total of 35 vehicle-accessible campsites of which all are on a first-come, first-served basis with no campsite reservations accepted. The smaller-sized campground is laid out along a gravel peninsula that borders the lake with about one-half of the campsites offering lakeshore availability. The campground has a number of double sites with no pull-through sites available, and makes for a relaxed camping experience.

Park Facilities
Facilities at Summit Lake Provincial Park include a gravel boat launch, fire-pits, firewood for a minimal cost, water taps, and picnic tables. Both pit and flush toilets are also available. The swimming beach is about 100 metres (330 feet) long and is made up of a mixture of small pebbles and shale with the water being quite warm in the summer. All water sports, including swimming, must be done at your own risk as there are no lifeguards available here or at any recreation facility within the BC Parks system.

Nakusp & Slocan Railway Trail
Summit Lake Provincial Park also offers great hiking along mountain trails, or mountain biking down the abandoned railway along Bonanza Creek to Hills and eventually to Three Forks, just north of New Denver. The Three Forks to Nakusp 57 km (35 miles) route uses the Nakusp & Slocan Railway right-of-way, which is directly across Summit Lake Provincial Park with an access point where it crosses Hwy 6 near the south-east end of the lake.

Nakusp
The nearest place for medical help and supplies or shopping is found at 16.5 km (10 miles) away at Nakusp. Here you can find a good selection of accommodation, an Overwaitea Foods store, service stations, entertainment, and a good selection of places to eat, including a long-time favourite called The Hut Drive Inn Restaurant.

Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area
For winter sports, located very close to the park gate on Hwy 6 towards Hills and New Denver, visit the Summit Lake Ski and Snowboard Area. This small resort is all you need, offering an affordable skiing or snowboarding experience designed with the whole family in mind.

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Summit Lake
Summit Lake

 

Nakusp Range
Nakusp Range

 

Summit Lake
Summit Lake

 

Nakusp & Slocan Railway Trail
Nakusp & Slocan Railway Trail

 

Nakusp Range
Nakusp Range

 
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