Kekuli Bay Provincial Park
- Electric Hookups – Kekuli Bay Provincial Park offers 4 vehicle accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups. The charge is an extra $8/night. These sites are located in the overflow area and are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
About This ParkKekuli Bay Provincial Park is located off Highway 97, 11 km. south of Vernon. The park is situated on a beautiful bay on the west side of Kalamalka Lake, a destination for waterskiing and boating.
A newly developed campground has been added to the area which formerly consisted only of a boat launch. Many young shade trees were planted and the grassy areas between the sites are beautifully landscaped. The young trees planted 10 years ago have begun to mature and provide shade and privacy around the sites, especially on the upper loops.
There are irrigated grassy areas between the sites full of beautiful trees and shrubs including rose bushes that are in full bloom during the spring. All campsites offer great views of Kalamalka Lake and offer the warmth of the sun in the spring and fall.
Park Size: 57 ha
Please be aware that an active train track separates the campground from beach and boat launch area. Use caution going to beach and boat launch areas. There is still limited shade in the campground, although lake breezes cool the campground in the evening. As a result of this Kekuli Bay is becoming on of the most sought after parks in the region as many visitors are discovering the picturesque, tranquil spring and fall months where they can enjoy the manicured grounds and view while soaking in the warm Okanagan sun.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|April 1 – October 31 (The gate at the park boundary is open until the years first snow fall and then closed until March 29th)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 1 – October 31|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 14 – August 31|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||69|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.|
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted. First-come, first-served sites are also available. Seventy percent of the campsites are reserveable and thirty percent of campsites are first-come, first served.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 129KB] Updated May 2013
Nature and Culture
- History: Established as a park on March 9, 1990.
- Cultural Heritage: The park name “kekuli” was chosen from submissions by local school students who participated in a name-the-park contest. Kekuli refers to semi-subterranean homes built by Interior Salish natives. There is evidence of kekuli pits, and other First Nations use in the park.
- Conservation: The grasslands surrounding the campground provide habitat for field mice and other food sources for raptors like the red listed Prairie falcon. There is a nest platform north of the playground visible on the drive into the park. Also found in the park is the blue listed Western rattlesnake and two red listed plants, Bluebunch wheatgrass and Black cottonwood.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan. [PDF 164KB]
Activities Available at this Park
Canoeing/kayaking is permitted on Kalamalka Lake.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Please obey all posted speed and vessel restrictions. Daily kokanee quota is 2. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
There are 2.6 km of gravel walking trails through the grasslands around the campground. The terrain is gently sloped. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Pets on Leash
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. The swimming area is rocky, use caution due to proximity to active train track and boat launch.
Kekuli Bay is a boater’s destination. Kalamalka is a very popular lake for waterskiing. The boat launch was heavily used even before the creation of the campground and day-use areas.
The whole campground has fantastic views of Kalamalka Lake. There are benches located by the playground that also overlook the lake. In addition, there are some bird watching opportunities, especially in the spring and fall.
Facilities Available at this Park
The boat launch is located on a rocky point and is open until the first snowfall. The ramp is double-lane concrete that gets deep fairly quickly. There is also a wharf. There are mooring buoys in the bay beyond the boat launch. Access is across the active CN railway line. There are two large parking lots. There are two pit toilets by the parking area. Please note that on weekends during the summer parking is at a premium.
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Cold water taps are located throughout the park next to the flush toilets. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park now offers 4 vehicle accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups. Each site provides 30 amp service with one standard RV receptacle (NEMA TT-30). There is an additional electrical service charge of $8/night for these sites (whether the power is in use or not). These sites are located in the overflow area and are currently available on a first-come, first-serve basis only.
A day-use/picnic facility is located just off the boat launch parking area. The large, open lawn area overlooks the lake and the boat launch. There are four picnic tables on cement pads, two with BBQ attachments, and one freestanding BBQ. The lawn is level and surrounds an adventure playground. There is no shade.
Pit or Flush Toilets
The park has mostly flush toilets; however, there are also a couple of pit toilets located throughout the park.
This park has a playground area surrounded by irrigated grass and features a plastic, multi-level playground with two slides, climbing poles, and a small obstacle course, among other features.
There are warm showers at this park. The shower building has a men’s and a women’s side. Each side has two sinks with nearby plug-ins, one toilet, and two shower stalls with small change areas. There is one payphone at the shower building; it is lit by a small streetlamp.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites including 4 large double sites. The campsites are arranged in three terraced loops to give all sites an unobstructed view of the lake. The sites have large gravel pads great for big RVs. Irrigated lawn landscaped with young trees and a variety of shrubs separates the sites. There is natural vegetation between the different terraces.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $15.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.For Electified sites:
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00/party/night camping fee plus $8.00 electrical/night = $38.00/party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $15.00/senior party/night camping fee plus $8.00 electrical/night = $23.00/party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
The shower building in this park has a separate wheelchair accessible shower stall complete with a seat and a showerhead/hose that detaches from the wall for easier use. The lockable room also has a toilet. The toilet across from site 67 is also wheelchair accessible.