This park is currently closed due to fire hazard.
Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Please Note: During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin [PDF].

In This Park

Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Phone: 604-986-9371
Email: info@seatoskyparks.com

For additional information, click here for the Sea to Sky Park Services website.

Skagit Valley Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • November 29, 2017: Silver Skagit Road closure

    Until further notice, Silver Skagit Road is closed where the pavement ends due to several washouts. Access to Silver Lake and Skagit Valley Provincial Park is not possible at this time. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contractors are working on immediate repairs, but work is considered extensive and is expected to take a while. 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.

  • November 2, 2017: Park is now closed for the season

    The park is now closed for the season and reopens in May 2018.

  • June 16, 2017: Road conditions leading to the park

    Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure contractors have completed initial grading efforts on Silver Skagit Road. Crews are continuing efforts to restore culverts and drainage structures along the roadway. Visitors to the park can expect to see heavy equipment operating on Silver-Skagit Road. Please slow down, drive safely and observe any cautionary signage regarding road construction in the area.

  • June 16, 2017: Forest Fuel Hazard Reduction

    Staff from the BC Wildfire Service with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, are working in collaboration with BC Parks to reduce forest fuel loading in and around Silvertip Campground. Anticipated work dates are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. During this time, up to 20 wildland firefighters will be operating chainsaws and a wood chipper within the campground. The campground will be open to the public, however we highly recommend visitors consider staying at Ross Lake campground to ensure a more peaceful and relaxing experience. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The end result will be a campground that is both fire resistant and more pleasing to visit! Work in the campground will be completed for the season no later than June 29. Many thanks to the BC Wildfire Service for their support in this project.

  • June 16, 2017: 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 summer of 2017, wildland firefighters will be working with BC Parks staff to remove encroachment trees and other vegetation from Chittenden Meadow in preparation for a prescribed burn. Visitors to Chittenden Meadow may 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.

  • New for 2017: Reservations at Ross Lake Campground for up to 4 months in advance

    As of January 2, 2017, Ross Lake Campground at Skagit Valley Provincial Park will offer reservations for up to 4 months in advance of your arrival date, via our Discover Camping Reservation Service. BC Parks’ visitors will be able to view this new inventory on the Discover Camping website beginning on December 14, 2016.

Know Before You Go

  • As of October 20, 2014: BC Parks has replaced 3 equestrian bridges located along the Skagit River trail. Thanks for your patience during the construction of the bridges. It is our hope that you will enjoy them for many years to come!
  • 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.
  • Trail Information [PDF] (you will need to scroll down to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park entry)

Bear Safety Advisory

Bears are very active in this park. Read the bear safety information.

Reservoir 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.

About This Park

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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

Special Notes:
  • 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.
Stay Safe:
  • 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.
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.

Reservations

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.

Reserve a site

Campsite Reservations:
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 Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. Directions:
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 Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Management Planning

Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing and kayaking is possible at Ross Lake but NOT recommended on the Skagit River.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

This park has hiking and/or walking trails. 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. (see Trail Details)
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

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 50 kilometres of horse trails in Skagit Park.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is permitted in the park. Please confirm with the Hunting and Trapping regulations for specific details. All hunters require applicable hunting licences.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

There are interpretive programs being offered in this park. You can check the information shelters for postings or check with the park operator.
Pets on Leash

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. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Swimming

Swimming

There is swimming and a sandy beach at Ross Lake. There is no roped-off swimming area. See Important Notices for water levels. Campers and swimmers should be aware that swimmer’s itch may be present within Ross Lake. For more information on the treatment and prevention of swimmer’s itch, check out the HealthLinkBC page. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.

Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

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
Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted in the campground fire rings only. 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.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

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.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There is a group campsite located across from the Ross Lake campground, close to the International Point day-use area. There is one covered shelter. The site can accommodate from 15 to 50 people. Group campsite is open from May 1 to October 9. Click here for reservation information.
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 $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area at International Point located at Ross Lake campground on Ross Lake. The day-use/picnicking area has pit toilets, new picnic tables and parking. There are no barbeque attachments on the picnic tables and no campfire rings available. There is a 1.5 ha grassy area and sandy beach. There is a twelve-sided information kiosk that relates the history and natural values of the park.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are available in all campground and day-use areas – no flush toilets. Many of the pit toilets were replaced or upgraded for this upcoming camping season.
Playground

Playground

A brand new playground was installed at Ross Lake campground. There is also a pleasant 1½ hectare grassy area.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

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 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.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $18.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed. There are 2 tent pads, picnic table, bear cache and garden throne provided on the Skagit River Trail at Delacy Camp, 2 tent pads, a bear cache and garden throne provided at Harlequin Flats, and 2 tent pads and picnic table at Centennial Trail at Nepopkum Trail.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

There is a wheelchair accessible pit toilet available at the Whitworth Horse Camp.