This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Skagit Valley Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
May 24, 2018: Silver Skagit Road Conditions
Update on road conditions; Spring of 2018. Silver-Skagit Road has been partially ploughed. The road conditions are rough. Expect to encounter extensive potholing and sections of mud beyond the 20km mark. Ministry of Transportation contractors have commenced annual grading activities, but have not completed the grading of the road into the park. Further updates will be provided as work progresses. Please slow down, drive safely, and observe any closure and cautionary signage regarding road construction in the area. Expect industry traffic (logging trucks) along the road outside of the park.
May 24, 2018: 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.
April 11, 2018: Silver Skagit Road Conditions
Update on road conditions; Spring of 2018. Silver-Skagit road has been ploughed free of snow to the park gate at Chittenden Bridge. The road conditions are rough. Expect to encounter extensive potholing and sections of mud. Ministry of Transportation contractors will commence annual grading activities later this Spring. Further updates will be provided as work progresses. Please slow down, drive safely, and observe any closure and cautionary signage regarding road construction in the area. Expect industry traffic (logging trucks) along the road outside of the park.
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
| 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.)
|Ross Lake campground: May 1 – October 9
Silver Tip campground: May 1 – October 9
Whitworth Horse camp: May 1 – October 9
Please note: Gate is closed during the off-season. Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||Ross Lake campground: May 1 – October 9
Silver Tip campground: May 1 – October 9
Whitworth Horse camp: May 1 – October 9
Please note: Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
|Campground Reservable Dates:
||Ross Lake Campground: May 19 – September 3
Skagit Valley Group Site: May 1 – October 8
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||– Ross Lake = 88
– Silver Tip = 43
– Whitworth Horse camp = 11
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Ross Lake – 12|
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. During the off-season park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. If the park or campground are closed for other reasons, information is noted in the "Attention Visitor Notice" at the top of this page.|
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 9, 2018)
(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.
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 for dates starting May 1 to October 8.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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 9, 2018) (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
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
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
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 2 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.