Okanagan Falls Provincial Park
- The Province and Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB) have agreed that Okanagan Falls Provincial Parks will be managed by the OIB. The parties are working to have the park open for the camping season April 1, 2015. Park visitors can expect the same recreational opportunities as before.
About This Park
Just above the Okanagan River, cool deciduous trees provide a contrast to the parched hills above. This oasis is famous among naturalists for its superb bird watching, wildlife viewing, nature study, photography opportunities and a variety of bats.
A lovely array of colours occurs in autumn. The diverse recreational opportunities will please nature lovers, campers and fishing enthusiasts alike.
Park Size: 2 hectares
Okanagan Falls Provincial Park is closed to the general public annually, during the third weekend of September, in order to host the annual Salmon Feast. The event raises awareness of Okanagan history and culture, as well as the efforts to revitalize and restore sockeye salmon numbers in the Okanagan River.
| 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 12 approximately (Gate is locked during the off-season.)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||April 1 – October 12 approximately (Entrance gate locked nightly between 10 pm – 7 am)|
|Campground Reservable Dates:||Not applicable|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||25|
|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.|
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was established March 16, 1956. Irishman Michael Keogan built the first homestead in the area roughly 1km south of the park on the east side of the river in what is now the community of Okanagan Falls. The Interior Salish called the series of stepped rapids at the outlet of Skaha Lake Kwak-ne-ta or “Little Falls.” Historically, the rocky outcrops were spots used for fishing. In 1950, the flood control dam was built where the upper falls once stood.
- Conservation: This park conserves riparian vegetation that is important habitat for a variety of bird and bat species including the red listed Pallid bat. Trees planted in the 1950’s included Chinese elm, Norway maple, Red ash and Lombardy poplar. They now help support the birds found in the park.
- Wildlife: The park offers superb bird watching, with sightings of Western wood peewees, Yellow warblers, Northern orioles and Least flycatchers. There are wildlife viewing, nature study, and photography opportunities here and the park contains habitat for 18 species of bats, one of the highest concentrations in Canada.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- An approved purpose statement and zoning plan for Okanagan Falls Provincial Park [PDF 116KB] is available in pdf format.