Conkle Lake Provincial Park

 

This secluded provincial park is located in a remote area of the Okanagan Highlands between Osoyoos and Rock Creek. Access is via a steep and winding gravel road which may be unsuitable for large recreational vehicles. This location offers swimming from a sandy beach in the clear waters of Conkle Lake, as well as canoeing, windsurfing, and hiking opportunities. The 3-kilometre long Conkle Lake is an excellent destination for fishing for rainbow trout. The campground, with 34 campsites set in a forested area of lodgepole pine, western larch, willow, and black alder, offers a relaxing and quiet camping experience. Birds, such as common loon, merganser, ruffed grouse, woodpecker, and ruby-crowned kinglet, an often be seen in the park.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch - Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - - - Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Number of campsites: 34, reservable: 0, nearest town: Rock Creek (36 km), Osoyoos (64 km)

Additional Information

Location

There are two access routes, both narrow and winding forest service roads that are unsuitable for motorhomes, vehicles towing trailers or low-clearance vehicles. It is 16 km to the entrance from Highway 33, just north of Westbridge and 26 kilometres from Highway 3, six km east of Bridesville. Follow signs along the forest service roads. The two accesses join 1 km from the park, at which point there is a gate. The closest communities, towns and cities are Rock Creek, Westbridge, Midway, Greenwood and Osoyoos.

Contact Information

Kaloya Contracting Ltd.
E-mail address: info@campokanagan.com
Phone: (250) 548-0076
Please specify park name when sending/leaving a message.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night.

Operation Dates

This park is accessible for camping year round (weather permitting), but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.

Campground dates with full fees and services: May 1 – September 8.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 34 vehicle accessible campsites, including 4 double sites, all available on a first-come, first-served basis. The medium sized sites are well spaced and set in a thick young forest of Douglas fir, larch, cedar and lodgepole pine that offer shade and contribute to privacy. The sites are found in a strip overlooking the lake, with views through the thick forest. Steep trails lead roughly 100 m down to the lake.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

There is walk-in camping above the day-use area. It is 20 m off the day-use parking area and acts as a group site as well. There are five picnic tables, one pit toilet and a central fire pit. The area is open and natural with no tent pads and is surrounded by dense young forest with a few mature trees. There is room for 5-10 tents.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There are 2 group campsites at this park, one is vehicle accessible, and the other walk-in only. There are 7 small sites around a larger central area. There are two pit toilets and a large central fire pit. The picnic tables can be arranged to suit a variety of groups. The sites are best suited to trucks with campers or tents. To reserve the group campsite, call 250-548-0076 or reserve online at info@campokanagan.com Group Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

The day-use area is a natural sandy beach at the north end of the lake. There are stairs down from the large gravel parking area found 100m above the beach. There are also steep trails with some stairs leading down from the campground. There is no parking at the beach/boat launch. There are four picnic tables and two benches on the large beach. An open grassy area separates the picnic tables from the surrounding forest.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a boat launch at this park. Boats with motors exceeding 10 hp are not permitted on the lake and the boat launch is most suited to small trailered boats or car top boats. It consists of a small, single wide section of beach marked by rocks. There is a turn-around area and parking is 100m back up the road in the large gravel parking lot that also serves the beach and the walk-in group tenting site.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Conkle Lake is a destination for fishing. It is stocked with rainbow trout fry by the Summerland Trout Hatchery. The 3-km long lake is framed by steep hillsides and fed by East Creek. Conkle Creek drains the lake and eventually joins the Kettle River. There is ice fishing, though access is difficult.

Hiking

Hiking

Hiking is limited in the park. The Falls Trail proceeds beyond the park boundary and is not maintained by BC Parks past 2 km. There is an unmaintained trail that goes halfway around the lake on the east side. There is a waterfall outside of the park boundary. The access trail begins in the park at the western end of the campground between sites 32 and 33.

Swimming

Swimming

The large beach and cold, clear water of Conkle Lake make it a good place for swimming.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking opportunities exist on Conkle Lake.

Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing

The regular southerly winds create windsurfing opportunities.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There is some snowmobiling along the forest service roads that lead into the park. There is also ice fishing, though access is difficult.

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