Johnson Lake Resort

     Welcome to the Beautiful Wilderness of    

 Johnson Lake Resort 

"Where Family Comes Together" 


The Lakes        The Resort        Directions        Camp Features

 Activities        Cabin Rates       Campsite Rates         Rentals          

Availability & Reservations -----  2017 booking information now up!

The Lakes

Johnson Lake is a high mountain lake. At 3,800 feet elevation, it is over 5 kms. long, and approximately 200 feet deep.While the surface may appear warm, it is quite cold underneath; the air is a little thinner up here too!  Water to the lake is supplied by the surrounding underground springs and winter snow pack. The image below shows the trees around the lake and surrounding riparian area.


Due to the limestone in the area, you will see some colour to the water. Johnson Lake has a very unique and important Riparian area around the waters’ edge. The trees come right to the edge of the water, so there are no beaches anywhere around the lake. The Riparian area around the lake is essential for the insect cycle that the fish feed on, for that reason we must all be very careful not to disturb this area along the waters’ edge. 

A riparian area is defined as the strip of moisture-loving vegetation growing along the edge of a natural body of water. The exact boundary of the riparian area is often difficult to determine because it is a zone of transition between the water body and the upland vegetation. This area that overlaps the water and ground, needs to be protected. Common features of unhealthy riparian areas often include a lack of woody vegetation and an abundance of bare or trampled ground. Large areas of bare ground are caused by trampling of the vegetation. Slumping and erosion of the bare ground increases sediments in the water, lowering water quality and endangering the fish. We here at Johnson Lake , as well as many agencies, are doing our part to protect this area around the lake. Please, no camping, or walking, in undesignated areas, we all need to do our part to protect this incredibly delicate area!

The spawning bed, located between the two lakes is another area that must be protected. This area springs to life in May and June with the vigorous activity of hundreds of rainbow trout in their full spawning colours.  Laying their eggs in the gravel in spring, the eggs hatch in the summer, and the fry return to the Big Lake in the fall through a specially built fish ladder.  As a result of the spawning beds, there is no boat access between the two lakes. It is best to stay clear from the spawning channel so the fish can spawn undisturbed. We all want to see them multiply and grow in as natural a setting as possible to preserve this most precious resource!

Kamloops Rainbow Trout fishing is best in June and July - 1.5 to 2 lb. trout are common, with 3 to 5 pounders waiting for the presentation of that special fly or lure. The most popular fishing method on Johnson is trolling a fly. Adjoining Johnson Lake by way of a spawning channel is "Little Johnson Lake", where the resort is situated.  

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The Resort
The resort will be closed from November 1st2016  through May 31st 2017, reopening for 2017 on June 1st .

First opened in 1952, Johnson Lake Resort is nestled on the shores of Little Johnson Lake. Open June through December, the resort offers awesome beauty, peace and solitude for the relaxing vacationer; excellent fishing, and numerous summer and winter activities for the more active visitor. There's lots to keep the whole family content and happy - including your pet!

We offer 8 housekeeping cabins with a central showerhouse, and 10 privately situated campsites. Relax and take each day at your own pace. Cook your meals on a wood or propane stove, or try your hand at gourmet campfire fare. Sleep in late, or enjoy an early morning sunrise over the Big Lake. Soak up the sun while lazing the day away on the lawn, or hike, bike or canoe your way around the lakes. The choices are endless.

There is a boat launch for registered guests only, dock, and boats for rent on the Big Lake - a short 2 minute walk from the main resort. Complimentary rowboats for our registered guests, dock and a swimming raft await you on the Little Lake - along with those teaser trout swimming by. Sorry but there are no day use areas at the resort.

With self-generated hydro power from a nearby creek, the Pelton Wheel that was installed in 1956 still supplies power to the lodge and one cabin.  A radio phone is our only telecommunication with the outside world.  

There is no cell service in the area, no internet access, and no TV, so you can leave your electronics at home to truly relax and get away from it all!
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Access to the resort is via gravel logging road. The driving time from both Kamloops and the Shuswap is approximately 1.5 hours.

From Kamloops:
- 60 Km north of Kamloops on HWY 5 to Agate Bay Road turnoff (turn right)
- 22 Km on pavement to Minova Road turnoff (turn left)
- 16 Km on gravel to Resort (follow the signs)

From the Shuswap:
- Head north off HWY 1 at Squilax / Adams Lake exit located between Chase & Sorrento.
- Travel 10km on pavement to south end of Adams Lake.
- Go 19km on gravel, heading north on Adams Lake West Forest Service Road to Agate Bay, then turn left at 4-way stop.
- Go 9km on pavement to Minova Road turnoff (turn right onto gravel).
- Go 16km on gravel to Resort (follow the signs).

If you are travelling midweek, contact us to see if you need to watch out for logging trucks.

To view a bathymetric map of Johnson Lake,  please visit
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Camp Features...

  Private and secluded location on Little Johnson Lake.
  Central fire pit - great for sing-songs, wiener and marshmallow roasts!!
  Children's playground.
icon  Fridges and stoves in larger cabins.
icon  Barbeques with propane supplied with all cabins.
icon  Picnic tables for each cabin and campsite.
icon  Great room in Lodge – pool table, piano, fireplace, books, games, puzzles, etc.
icon  Docks on both lakes.
icon  Swimming raft on Little Johnson Lake.
icon  Boat launch for registered guests only and mooring on Big Johnson Lake. **Recommended 10 H.P. motors please**
icon  Central showerhouse - (free) hot showers, flush toilets.


icon    Camp Store - ice, basic foodstuffs, candy, fishing tackle, hand tied flies, etc.
icon    Complimentary row boats on Little Johnson Lake for our registered guests.
icon    Rentals of Motor Boats (max. 10 hp), Canoes, Kayaks and SUPS
icon    Firewood for the cabins is supplied free of charge.  Firewood for the campsites is by donation.
icon    Pets Welcome! (on leash)

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Spring and Summer Activities

By mid May the ice is usually off the lake and fishing abounds. The spawning rainbow trout in the channel provide a spectacular sight mid-May until late June. Frequent fly-bys of ospreys and bald eagles with a silver trout clutched in their talons is a sight to behold.  They’ll congregate in the trees in front of the camp and if you’re lucky, you’ll see them dive down and snatch a fish out of Little Johnson lake right before your eyes. Fishing is at its peak in June as the fish are hungry after their long winter beneath the ice. The Johnson Lake Trail System, originally established in 2006 for horses, is also suitable for a multitude of levels of hiking and biking, and range from 3 ½ km to 22 km long.  Some trails leave from the resort, others you will want to drive to and start from there. June, July and August bring hot days, perfect for a family vacation and swimming in Little Johnson Lake.

icon   Fishing (fly, spin, troll)
icon   Kayaking and canoeing
icon   Swimming (Off dock on Little Johnson, from shore or dock on Big Johnson)
icon   Scuba diving
icon   Hiking
icon   Mountain biking …miles of roads and trails to explore.
icon   Wildlife viewing - deer, moose, bears and the elusive bobcat, lynx and cougar.
icon   Bird watching (over 40 species identified to date)
icon   Touring - drive the circle routes to South Barriere Lakes, Adams Lake, Sun Peaks,
       or explore the miles of roads on Samatosum Mountain.
icon   Golfing - 45 minutes away at Barriere's 9 Hole Chinook Golf Course
icon   Horseback Riding - 45 minutes away at Todd Mountain Guest Ranch
icon   Please, no motor bikes or ATV’s during June, July and August so we can help keep the peace and serenity of Johnson Lake

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Fall and Winter Activities

Soon after the Labour Day Weekend, the leaves start to turn, and astounding photographic opportunities await the budding photographer as the countryside becomes a showpiece of bright yellows, oranges and reds. Fall fishing has been excellent as the trout become aggressive in their feeding habits before freeze up.

For the hunter, the resort makes the perfect base camp. Johnson Lake is located in MU 3-37, and mule deer, moose, black bear and grouse are plentiful. October has been the most productive month in recent years.

Open until December 15th, the resort is an amazing place to kick back and relax before the busy Christmas season.  Curl up in front of the fire in the lodge, or get out and experience the crisp clear air on snowshoes or X-country skis in our beautiful winter paradise.

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Cabins - 2017 Rates

From small rustic cabins to a large two bedroom cabin with all the amenities (except bedding and towels), these cabins provide all the warmth and shelter needed to enjoy the natural beauty of this tiny hidden valley year-round.  The self-contained cabins overlook Little Johnson Lake - the spawning channel is just steps away, and Big Johnson Lake a few yards beyond. 

Our small rustic cabins are equipped with cold running water, kitchen supplies (including pots, cutlery, plates, bowls, glasses etc.), dish soap and tea towels, and most have a screened porch. Wood burning stove for heat or cooking. Bring a camp stove if you prefer, cabins 2,4,7 do not have propane stoves.  All our cabins come with propane barbeques (propane is supplied) and our medium and large cabins have propane fridges and stoves for cooking, and airtight wood stoves for heat. Cabin 9 also has lights and its own bathroom with shower. Most are one room cabins, with our three largest cabins having either one or two bedrooms.

Bring bedding, towels and a lantern.  For cabins without a fridge (see descriptions of each cabin below), bring a cooler with ice – we have more for sale if needed.

Reservations are required. Minimum 3 night bookings only. Check availability here:  Availability & Reservations

icon  RATES -  based on single or double occupancy.  Children 12 and under are free. Additional adults - $10 per night. Teens - $10 per night.
icon  DEPOSIT -  of 50% is required to secure reservation at time of booking.   Balance of full payment is due 30 days prior to arrival. Seniors Discount (65 & over) – 10%.

icon  VEHICLES – Please note that there is room for only one vehicle to park beside each cabin.  If you are bringing an extra vehicle or boat or utility trailer, it will need to be parked off-site.
icon  Cancellations – With 30 days notice given, deposit is refundable less a $50.00 processing fee.  For cancellations less than 30 days, full payment is forfeited, this includes leaving early.
icon  All guests must be registered at the time of booking, no extra visitors or drop-ins please, unless prior approval is obtained.
icon  Check in is any time between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Check out time is 11 am.



MAX occupancy 


Daily Rate
(2 People)*

Weekly Rate
(2 People)*


Queen size bed


Cold running water.  Wood stove. Propane barbeque.  Screened porch.




Double bed,

double futon


Cold running water.  Propane stove with small oven. Fridge. Propane barbecue.  Screened porch.




Queen bed, 

bunk bed,

double futon

Cold running water.  One bedroom, propane stove with full-size oven. Fridge. Propane barbecue.  Screened porch.




Queen bed, bunk bed, sofa bed

Cold running water.  One room cabin.  Propane stove with full-size oven. Fridge. Propane barbecue.  Screened porch




Queen bed, double bed w. single bunk above, sofa bed

Cold running water.  Nearest lake, two bedrooms and open sunny deck with a view over Little Johnson Lake. Propane stove with smaller oven. Fridge. Propane barbecue.




Queen beds in each bedroom, double sofa bed in main room

Hot & cold running water.  Two bedrooms, bathroom with shower, lights (but not electricity). Open covered deck with view of Little Johnson Lake. Fridge, propane stove with full-size oven, propane barbeque. Private fire pit.



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Campsites - 2017 Rates

Situated on ‘Little Johnson Lake’ …wooded or open, level campsites for tents, campers, or motor homes up to 28'.   All sites have a fire pit and picnic table (No Hookups!). Firewood is provided by donation. Fresh water and showers are available at the shower house.

Reservations are required. Minimum 3 night bookings only.  Check availability here:  Availability & Reservations

icon    RATES  - are based on single or double occupancy.  Children 12 and under are free.  Additional adults - $10 per night.  Additional teens - $10 per night.  

icon    DEPOSIT - of full campsite rate to secure reservation is required at time of booking.   Seniors Discount (65 & over) – 10%.

icon  VEHICLES – Maximum 1 vehicle per site, except #3 and #8 which are double sites with 2 vehicles max. If you are bringing any extra vehicles or boat or utility trailers, they will need to be parked off-site.”

icon    All guests must be registered at the time of booking, no extra visitors or drop-ins please, unless prior approval is obtained.

icon    Cancellations – With 30 days notice given, deposit is refundable less a $25.00 processing fee.  For cancellations less than 30 days, the payment is forfeited, this includes leaving early.

icon    Maximum RV and trailer size that the camp can accommodate is 28 feet (see notes below for maximums per site)
icon    Campsites are unserviced, but all have easy access to the Showerhouse and fresh running water. NO HOOKUPS!
icon    Check in is any time between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Check out time is 11 am.

Camp Site #

Maximum Vehicle Size


Daily Rate 

Weekly Rate 



(no trailers)

Smaller campsite on knoll overlooking the Little Lake.  Sunny in morning, shaded in afternoon.  Suitable for small motorhomes, campers or tents. No trailers or tent trailers.





Double site  Large, sunny, open site, suitable for larger motorhomes and trailers.  Large enough for two families to share. (Max  25')





Open, part sun/part shade waterfront site. Suitable for small motorhomes, trailers, campers or tents.





Large size campsite across from #4. Mostly sunny open site, rock base, suitable for medium sized motorhomes, trailers, tent trailers and campers. (Max  25')





Very private, small, shaded waterfront site.  Suitable for small motorhomes, trailers, campers or tents





Smaller size site across from #6.  Partial shade.  Suitable for small motorhomes, trailers, campers and tents.





Double site  Suitable for larger motorhomes and trailers.  Extra large shaded waterfront site. (Max  28')




Small Tent or Van only

Small, sunny, open waterfront site with lovely view of Little Johnson Lake.



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Rentals - Closed, see you June 1, 2017!

  Motor Boats(max 10 H.P.)  - $70/day or $45/half day (up to 4 hours, either before or after 2:00 p.m.)
  Canoes - $40/ day or $25/ half day (we have 3)
  Single Kayaks - $40/day or $25/ half day  (we have 4)
 Double Kayak - $55/day or $35/ half day (we have 1)
  Paddle Boards - $55/day or $35/ half day (we have 2)
  Spinning Rod - $15.00/day includes basic tackle and a net
  Fly Rod - $25.00/day – includes extra flies, leader and a net

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All registered guests are welcome to:

icon   Free Showers   icon  Firewood by Donation
and complimentary use of:
icon   Great Room in Lodge
icon   Row Boats on ‘Little Johnson’
icon   Free Worms (self serve = you dig!)

Check in is any time between 3:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Check out time is 11 A.M..

                            Deposits are required to secure all reservations, payable via E-transfer to our email address at E-transfer number .

                            Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to arrival. Once at the resort we accept: Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Cheque and Interac Debit. 

Taxes not included in any rates. 
Rates subject to change without notice.


The owners, Jim and Barb Lewko heartily welcome you to Johnson Lake Resort...
...a wonderful retreat.


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Visitors to the lake, please read before you venture out! (Updated June 19, 2016)

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There has been a lot of incorrect information recently circulated about Johnson Lake, and we hope that the following information clarifies some things.

• There are no beaches anywhere on Johnson Lake.

• Johnson Lake is a spring fed mountain lake (1150 metres elevation), and the water is much colder than most lower-elevation lakes such as Adams Lake or the Shuswap. It is still very swimmable, but you can expect water temperatures in the 12-15 degrees Celcius range. Also, due to the elevation, the nights can be cold, so come prepared, especially in the Spring and Fall.

• The only public access to Johnson Lake is at the east end of the lake, where there is a Forestry Recreation site with 12 campsites, available on a first come/first served basis. It has only two small public day use areas, and a car-topper boat launch with a recommended engine power restriction of 10 HP for fishing purposes only.

• There is no public access to the lake from the resort road, nor is there any day use area available at the resort. When reaching the intersection that is ¼ mile from Johnson Lake, do not turn left at the resort sign, but stay straight on that road, following the sign that says “Forestry Rec. Site – Public Day Use - 6 km”.

If you would like further information, please take a read through our website and the FAQs, and, if you don’t find the answers there, please email us through the “Contact Us” button at the top of our web page.

We hope you enjoy your visit to Johnson Lake, and appreciate your consideration in preserving this very beautiful and unique area of BC.

More information may be found on the Ministry of Forests facebook page at Recreation Sites and Trails BC