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Skagit Valley Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Skagit Valley Park is now open for the 2019 season!
As of noon on May 10th, most portions of Skagit Valley Park will again be available for public access.
All trails impacted by the 2018 Silvertipped Creek fire are currently closed pending danger tree inspection and clearing. These trails are the Skagit River, Centennial and Shawatum trails.
Silvertip Campground was significantly impacted and will remain closed until extensive danger tree removal has been completed.
All other areas of Skagit Valley Park are open and available for public use.
- Ross Lake Campground
- Whitworth Horse Camp
- Chittenden Meadows
- All trails connecting Silver Skagit Road to the Skagit River
Boating and Swimming at Ross Lake Reservoir Impacted by Low Water Levels
During the summer of 2019, access to the Ross Lake reservoir will be limited, as all boat ramps will be closed due to low water levels. In Skagit Valley Park, driving, camping and building fires on the exposed lake bed is prohibited. Swimming and boating will not be available in British Columbia as the water levels of the reservoir will not facilitate these activities. Further restrictions to access will apply within Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The anticipated low water levels result from a number of factors including minimal precipitation in the Skagit basin, with only 110mm precipitation during February and March 2019. This compares to a 30 year average of 389mm. More information regarding the low reservoir levels can be found in the documents below. Please plan your visit accordingly.
CAUTION – Hazards due to wildfire damage
Please be advised that there are significant risks associated with entering areas that have been burnt over by the 2018 wildfire.
Potential risks could include:
- danger trees and overhead hazards – the integrity of trees whose trunks, roots or branches have been damaged by wildfire is unreliable
- terrain instability resulting in landslides and falling or shifting debris and rock
- amplified runoff after rainfall or snowmelt which could result in a rapid increase of water course depth and flow rates or flooding conditions
- ash pits – may be deep and difficult to see
- respiratory effects caused by breathing soot and charcoal for extended periods of time
- Post-wildfire hazards may last for several years or longer after a wildfire and may be triggered at any time with little or no warning.
Prescribed Fire Program
Expect to see downed trees in the Chittenden Meadow area. Staff from the BC Wildfire Service with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, are working in collaboration with BC Parks to bring prescribed fire back to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park landscape. During the Fall of 2017, wildland firefighters worked with BC Parks staff to remove encroachment trees and other vegetation from Chittenden Meadow in preparation for a prescribed burn (planned for Fall 2018). Visitors to Chittenden Meadow will note a number of felled trees. These trees will be part of the prescribed burn, adding nutrients to the soil and supporting the growth of grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. Evidence suggests that prescribed fire was a tool regularly used to manage the landscape by aboriginal peoples in the area. The unusual occurrence of Ponderosa Pine trees in Chittenden Meadow is likely the result of this fire-tolerant species surviving past fires. Their presence is one of the many reasons the meadow is a special place for our park visitors to enjoy.
About This Park
The Skagit Valley was carved by retreating glaciers and is characterized by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural, wilderness-like setting. Visitors can enjoy hiking along 50 km of trails, river fishing, camping, and picnicking.
Established Date: December 6, 1973
Park Size: 27,964 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Swimming: Campers and swimmers should be aware that swimmers itch may be present within Ross Lake. For more information on the treatment and prevention of swimmers itch, check out the BC Healthfiles page.
- The Skagit River is susceptible to extreme water level velocities during the spring and summer run-off season.
- Access is by a loose surfaced (gravel/dirt) public road. Please drive safely.
- Bears are very active in this park. Please read the bear safety information.
- Ross Lake campground is located on a reservoir. The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool, other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side.
- For access and information on the US parks year-round, please phone North Cascades National Park at 1-360-854-7200 or visit their website.
- It is illegal to operate an uninsured/unlicenced motor vehicle in any provincial park, recreation area or campground.
- Nearest sani-station facility is located in Hope, B.C.
- Quiet Hours are 10 pm to 7 am: Music, generators, etc. must be shut off completely between these hours.
- ATVs and other off road vehicles (including those registered under the ORV Act) are not permitted within the park or on the Silver Skagit Road.
- Harvesting of any natural resource (including fungus fruiting bodies or Mushrooms) is prohibited within the park.
South Fraser Trail Conditions Report [PDF]
(April 15, 2019)
(scroll down to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park entry)
Reservoir InformationRoss Lake campground is located on a reservoir. The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool. Other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side.
All 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.
Location and Maps
From the community of Hope travel westbound on Flood Hope Road, then turn left (south) onto the Silver Skagit Road that leads to get to the park.
Coming from the west on BC-1 E/Trans-Canada Hwy. Take exit 168 toward Flood Hope Road, turn right onto Flood Hope Road, then right onto the Silver Skagit Road to get to the park.
Silver Skagit Road provides access to the park. It is 37 km from Highway #1 to the entrance portal and a further 23 km to Ross Lake Reservoir and the Canada-USA border. Silver Skagit Road is a well maintained, loose surface road that provides access to several active logging areas before the park entrance. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution and to use headlights at all times. Watch for wildlife and be aware of logging trucks and other industrial equipment. Extra caution should be taken after rain when road surfaces can become muddy and slippery. ATVs and uninsured vehicles are not permitted on Silver Skagit Road.
Note: There are no commercial facilities in the Skagit Valley that provide food, lodging, gas or any other goods or services. Visitors should be equipped with supplies and fuel before leaving Hope or Silver Creek for the Skagit Valley Provincial Park.
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Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Management Planning Information
Approved Master Plan for Skagit Valley Park [PDF]
This is not the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Bicycles are permitted on all roadways, the Centennial Trail and Skagit River Trail in Skagit Valley Park. Unless otherwise signed, all other trails located within the park are designated for hiking use only. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
- South Fraser Trail Conditions Report [PDF] (April 15, 2019) (scroll down to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park entry)
Horseback riding is permitted on the Skagit River Trail, Centennial Trail and to the boundary of E.C. Manning Park on the Skyline II Trail. Horseback riding is not permitted on the Skyline II in E.C. Manning Park. There is an eleven-unit horse camp near Whitworth Meadows near the Skyline II Trail head. There are approximately 30 kilometres of horse trails in Skagit Valley Park.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
There is a single wide cement boat launch at Ross Lake campground. Boats can be left in the water or beach overnight at owners risk. Waterskiing is at your own risk and not advisable because of numerous stumps and woody debris in lake. See Important Notices for water levels. Personal water craft are not allowed on Ross Lake Reservoir.
For important information regarding boating on the US portion of the Ross Lake Reservoir, including a new restriction on the types of motors permitted within the Ross Lake National Recreation Area; please click on this link: http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/boating-on-ross-lake.htm
Cold water hand pumps are located in all the campgrounds. A cold water tap is located in the horse camp. The taps and hand pumps are shut off during the winter.
All water is tested weekly and is suitable for drinking unless posted otherwise.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
This park offers vehicle accessible campsites, reservations are accepted at Ross Lake, and first-come, first-served campsites are also available.
There are three separate campgrounds in this park Silvertip at 42 km (43 sites), Ross Lake at 60 km (88 sites) and a horse camp at 54 km with 11 pull-through sites (near Whitworth Meadows).
There is parking available for two vehicles at each site. There is no extra parking available.
If there are no staff to direct you to a campsite, choose a site with no camping receipt posted on the campsite number post; staff will come around to collect fees. Cash is the only form of payment accepted onsite.
The closest store and pay phone is in Hope, approximately 60 km away.
The gates to each campground listed above are closed and locked during the winter months only (October to May) yearly.
There are no winter camping opportunities offered in this park as only 5 km of the 50 km access road is maintained during the winter months.