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Kettle River Recreation Area
- Updated October 1, 2015 – Due to the wildfire on August 13, 2015, Kettle River Recreation Area is closed.
BC Parks is undertaking restoration activities as quickly as possible to make the park safe for the public. This website will be updated regularly as more information on a possible opening date is known.
Note to Discover Camping reservation holders for Kettle River: BC Parks is in the process of contacting all customers to either cancel reservations and arrange a refund, or to offer a free change to the reservation. Please do not cancel your reservations as the system will automatically apply our cancellation charge and penalties (if they apply). Any affected reservation holders will be contacted directly.
- BC Parks has finished constructing the new toilet & shower building, located at the old sani-station. A new sani-station is now in operation.
About This ParkStands of Ponderosa pine interspersed with open areas of bunchgrass characterize this recreation area that lies astride the Kettle River between the Okanagan Plateau and the Monashee Mountains. The abandoned right-of-way of the historic Kettle Valley section of the Canadian Pacific Railway, completed in 1916 to link the Pacific coast with southern Alberta, passes through the site. On the east bank of the river is evidence of the once flourishing gold and silver mines.
In the summer, excellent canoeing or inner tube riding although there are some hazards on the river. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are favourite pastimes.
Park Size: 179 hectares
- If you decide to walk parts of the historic Kettle Valley Railway, the bridge across the river is still intact, however, caution is advised at all times on and around the bridge.
- Please note: The numbers on the campsites have recently been revised. Please check the park map for the revised campsite numbers.
- Poison Ivy: A low plant white three glossy, bright green leaves and white berries. Wear shoes when hiking, especially in underbrush. Calamine lotion is an effective treatment.
| 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 17 – September 30 (weather dependant)
(gate open for dry camping till October 31)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 17 – September 30 (weather dependant)
(Entrance gate locked nightly between 10 pm – 7 am)
|Campground Reservable Dates:||May 14 – September 6|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||113|
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|campsites number 3 through to 85 are reservable.
|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 and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting May 14 to September 6.
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 152KB]
Nature and Culture
- History: One of Canada’s most historic and scenic railway routes runs through this park. The Kettle Valley Railway opened in 1916 and discontinued service in 1973 and the track was removed between the towns of Midway and Penticton in 1980. This track now makes an excellent trail. On the east bank of the river is evidence of the once flourishing gold and silver mines.
- Cultural Heritage: There is evidence of First Nations use of the area. Some ancestors have been repatriated into the park and there are archaeological restrictions on development.
- Conservation: The park protects two red listed plant communities: old growth cottonwood and dry Ponderosa pine bunchgrass. The area is an important winter ranger for deer and there is also a high incidence of cavity nesting birds throughout the park.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Kettle River Recreation Area Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 84KB] is available online in pdf format.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
There are two flush toilets, one wheelchair accessible pit toilet just off the parking as well as two taps and two fire rings. There is also a half-wall log frame shelter with cement floor. Inside are a stove, sink, counter and six tables. The area is on a terrace above the river and there are benches along the edge overlooking the river. Reservations are accepted.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $100.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The sites are arranged in two loops and along the road in between the loops. Most of the sites are large with gravel pads and plenty of space for backing in. The sites are located in the beautiful, open Ponderosa pine/bunchgrass forest with the red-orange bark of the trees contrasting sharply with the bland grass. This forest type gives the campground an open, spacious feeling. The exception is sites 21-53, in the second loop. These are very private and found in thick Douglas fir with many shrubs separating the sites. The closest store is 5 km away in Rock Creek.
- Guests with reservations: Check reservation board at campground entrance for pre-assigned site number.
- Guests without reservations: Check reservation board at campround entrance for list of sites available on a first come first served basis.