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.
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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.
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
Slocan Railway Trail