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BC Recreation Campsites and Trails, BC

The BC Ministry of Tourism Culture and the Arts maintains more than 1,200 recreation campsites under it’s Recreation Sites and Trails BC program. The campsites are located around British Columbia for the camping enjoyment of residents and visitors to B.C.

Recreation sites and trails are public campgrounds and trails located on Crown land outside of parks and settled areas. They provide enjoyable recreation experiences generally within an integrated resource management setting. This means that the land base is managed for a variety of land uses, which may include forestry, cattle grazing, mineral extraction, oil and gas exploration, recreation, fish and wildlife management, and watershed protection. While visiting recreation sites and trails, you can expect to encounter a number of these land management activities. Recreation sites and trails were formerly known as Forest Service recreation sites and trails, and were previously the responsibility of the BC Ministry of Forests.

Recreation sites provide a simple, rustic camping experience. Generally located in remote areas and accessed by gravel forestry roads, recreation sites provide only basic facilities, such as fire rings, picnic tables, outhouses, and, where appropriate, boat-launching ramps. Potable water is not available, and there is no electricity at recreation sites. At a limited number of recreation sites with on-site operators, supervisory services are provided. All recreation sites are on a first-come first-served basis, with no reservation system available. There are two basic types of recreation sites:

Sites with Fees
These sites are managed through partnership agreements with recreation groups, community organizations, First Nations, private citizens, local governments, and forest companies. Camping fees are charged to pay for the services provided by the agreement holder, which may include supervision, daily maintenance, and facility/structure maintenance. Camping fees can range from $10-$15 per night for a vehicle upto a party of six .

Sites without Fees
These sites are managed through partnership agreements or maintenance contracts. No fees are charged for the services provided because the agreement holder has alternative ways of recovering the costs (e.g., volunteers), or the ministry covers the cost of the maintenance contract.

Typical Campsite Amenities
The amenities available at recreation sites vary from one location to another. Potable water and electricity are not available at any sites. Typical amenities and services at a recreation site may include:

Fire Rings
Day-use areas
Picnic Tables
Firewood sales
Boat launches
On-Site Supervision

Fees and Reservations


Fees are collected and retained by operators to cover costs such as supervision, daily maintenance, and facility/structure maintenance. Fees $12 per night, for groups of up to six people. Payment for camping fees can only be made in cash. In all cases, seniors and eligible persons with disabilities get a 50% discount from standard camping fees.

There is no reservation system for Noisy Creek Recreation Site – camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saving sites is not allowed either – camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Discounts for Persons with a Disability
At managed recreation sites where camping fees are charged, persons with disabilities will be provided with the opportunity to camp at a reduced rate (50 percent off the normal fee).

You must be designated as a Person With Disabilities (Information click here) under the BC Employment and Assistance Program (administered by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development), or have a child who is eligible for the At Home Program to qualify for the reduced rate.

Upon your arrival at a managed recreation site where camping fees are charged, please show one piece of identification (e.g., driver’s license) and one of the following to the campground operator:

A release of information form issued by the Ministry of Housing and Social Development. (Click here for Information )This form may be obtained by contacting your local Employment and Assistance Centre.


A letter of eligibility issued by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (Click here for Information ) stating that your child is eligible for the At Home Program.

Discounts for Seniors

At managed recreation sites where camping fees are charged, the fee for persons 65 years of age or older is reduced to 50 percent off the normal fee. This discount applies to the senior and his/her spouse.

Upon your arrival at a managed recreation site where camping fees are charged, please show one piece of identification (e.g., driver’s license) to the campground operator to qualify for the reduced rate.

(Prices may differ from this site depending on Update time)


Camping Holiday Tips For The Beginnner


With forethought and a little imagination your camping trip can be very enjoyable and a bit of an adventure. Before I go off on holiday I always have a practice in my garden and make sure I can remember how to put my tent up. When my tent is erected this also gives me the chance to check that all the pieces are there and in good working order and I can also make sure my tent is waterproof. If I have bought a new tent then this will give me the chance to familiarise myself with it before I venture out. Just think how embarrassed I would feel if I arrived at my beautiful destination and didn’t know how to assemble my holiday accommodation!

When I have chosen my destination and found my camping site I think facilities, do I want to have them readily available or do I want to ‘rough it’. If I were a happy hiker and carrying my tent and equipment in a rucksack then depending on where I stopped for the night I may have to forgo some of life’s little creature comforts. I would also be limited to how much I can physically carry so I would have to remember to take this into account when packing.

If I were travelling by car or van then obviously I can take more equipment and can travel further afield. There are many organised camping sites available world-wide. They vary from basic sites with water and toilet facilities to ones that also include a swimming pool, shops, restaurants and entertainment. Costs will vary immensely so I always weigh up my options before I decide. Do I want peace and quiet and open spaces, basic facilities or a more sociable and busy holiday full of entertainment, the choice is mine.

I really do think it is a good idea to make a list before I embark on any trip. For camping you really do need to remember the basics. A drinking vessel, water, plate, cutlery, pot for cooking and heating water in, a torch and of course a warm sleeping bag are a definite must as is the one thing most people forget – a can opener! On a personal level, I always think it is also a good idea to take along my own toilet roll. A camping bed or blow up bed are also a must so that I can hopefully have a good nights sleep off the lumpy ground. I also take warm clothes even if I am travelling in the summer as night time can be decidedly chilly in a tent.

Normally when camping I cater for myself so I obviously will need some sort of cooker. I could by a small gas or petrol stove and can choose between single ringed stoves or larger double ringed cookers. It may take skill and ingenuity to cook a three course meal on them but they will do the job of heating or cooking my basic food. Opting for nostalgia and lighting a fire is always a last resort as my surroundings might be dry and a spark could easily set dry undergrowth alight. Apart from the safety aspect fuel would have to be collected for the fire, not easy if there are no old branches or pieces of wood in the near vicinity.

Careful thought goes into what food to take. If I only have one cooking ring then there is no point in taking food which needs to be oven cooked! Unless I can buy fresh food daily then tinned food is ideal as I won’t have a fridge to keep perishable food in.

Most importantly remember to do as I do and leave my camping site as I would wish to find it, clean and tidy, I remove all my rubbish and leave it looking as if I was never there.

How to Enjoy the Camping Cooking


Campsite trip is a combination of fun, entertainment and the experience of doing things on your own. You have all the things in your control and so you could do it on your own terms. Apart from other activities you also have to cook for yourself during the camping. Though, after the hard works and activities of the day it might be boring to cook for yourself. But you should make cooking at the campsite fun and worthwhile.

It is important to have a kitchen in the home for cooking and it is same for campsite. For cooking you need a user friendly and pleasurable environment. It would not be boring for you and take little time of yours, if you have quality products with you. So before packing camping gears you must remember it. You can make your cooking more easily with quality products such as Dutch ovens, sandwich makers and grills made of cast iron. These products are made looking into the factor that it could be taken into such activity camps and is helpful for car campers and RV enthusiasts.

You should also bring quality enamelware along with your supplies. This is due to the reason that they are enough sturdy, could hold heavy food items that are cooked by fire. These durable products help you to cook at a reasonable price for many years. Cooking could also be easy with quality ingredients and tasty recipes that will go along with quality products. Always keep ingredients in tight air containers as well as keep them dry. To keep ingredients dry as well as cold you can take help of dry ice. If the ingredients and the cookware are of good quality it will help you to prepare excellent meals that are created at an open fire. This would be more useful and better to have a good campsite chef along with you.

You should enhance the campsite environment in order to prepare food with ease. You can listen to musical instruments while you are cooking as this would give you more enjoyable time to cook. In a campsite you can take instruments like guitars, harmonicas or an empty moonshine jar. Your cooking could be more energetic and fun filled if you have family and friends come along with you. For first time campers it would be very dull if he has to do everything single handedly. In order to make your camping experience more enjoyable you have to be prepared before you come to camping.

Guided Sportfishing – Mabel Lake Salmon

Mabel lake affords the fisherman and abundant opportunity to set your hook and enjoy the thrill of angling .
One of the local species is the salmon which cause an excitement every year for the sportfisher.Here is a video about the Salmon Fishing.

Off Roading

off roading guidelines

Recent changes to forestry legislation

Whenever you drive off-road, you are disrupting the ecological foundation of natural areas. On sensitive sites, the damage can be catastrophic. Recent changes to forestry legislation make individuals who damage an ecosystem on Crown land (such as wetlands, grasslands, and alpine areas) subject to penalties.
off-roading.pdf Click here
Noisy Creek recreation Site limits motorcycles and Quads usage to entering or leaving the site. No other use will be permitted.

Logging Trucks Use Forest Roads

Roads leading to Noisy Creek recreation site and trails are unpaved forestry roads. Some of the road receives some surface maintenance, such as grading and brushing. Access roads may be rough, not all hazards are necessarily signed, and road conditions can change at any time.

The Road to Noisy Creek recreation site and trails are generally maintained to a ‘wilderness standard’, which means that they can be quite rugged in sections. Motorists should expect rough surfaces, potholes and cross-ditches. Not all vehicles are suitable for wilderness standard roads in all weather conditions.

Since the road to Noisy Creek recreation site are often used by logging trucks, drivers with two-way radios may benefit from tuning into the appropriate frequencies to communicate with other road users. The Forest Service Road has signs at its entrances indicating the name of the road and the appropriate radio frequency to tune in.

If you are a user of a two-way radio, you should tune in to the appropriate frequency and then call in your location and direction. Other users will do the same, so you will know if there is a need for you to pull out at some point to allow loaded trucks to pass. Keep in mind that not all road users will have radios.
Forest Roads: Guide for Safe Travel (pdf, 413KB)

Wildlife Safety and Ethics

Be aware that we share the backcountry

Be aware that we share the backcountry

Wildlife Safety and Ethics

Be aware that we share the backcountry with many wild animals that can sometimes be dangerous. Wildlife safety awareness will help protect you and your family and our wildlife too.

The following information has been developed by the Ministry of the Environment to inform you about wildlife and aquatic life in BC.

Wildlife in BC:
Click on the topic you want more information for.

  • Information about wildlife in BC, such as bears, cougars, caribou, elk, deer, moose, mountain goat and sheep, raccoons, etc
  • Species at Risk
  • Viewing
  • Bear Smart Information
  • Safety
  • Wolf Safety Information
  • Cougar Safety Information
  • Cougar Smart – PowerPoint presentation by Ministry of Environment
  • Aquatic Life:

  • BC Fisheries
  • Eurasian Watermilfoil in BC
  • Guidelines for Watching Marine Wildlife – poster (pdf format)
  • Click here for more safety information.

    If you encounter an aggressive wild animal, report it by calling the Conservation Officer Service 24-hour hotline toll free at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the Telus Mobility Network.

    Also, please remember to be respectful of other wildlife species and plant communities in the backcountry.