Gladstone Provincial Park (Texas Creek)

 

Gladstone Provincial Parks protects over 39,000 hectares of wilderness in the foothills of Selkirk mountains in southeastern BC. Its only vehicle accessible campground, Texas Creek, is located on the eastern shore of Christina Lake just off Highway 3 between Castlegar and Grand Forks. Christina Lake, reputedly one of the warmest lakes in Canada, becomes a hub of vacation activity during the summer. All kinds of water-based activities can be enjoyed here, including swimming, canoeing, boating, waterskiing, and scuba diving. Texas Creek campground has several cozy pocket beaches separated by shrubs and cottonwood trees. A large public beach can also be found at the community of Christina Lake, 10 km south from the campground. Texas Creek campground has several steep, but short trails leading down to the beach, and many more kilometres of backcountry hiking trails are available in the wilderness area of Gladstone Provincial Park. The campground offers 63 large, well-shaded campsites, located in a mixed forest of Douglas fir, cedar, larch and Ponderosa pine.

Facilities

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

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving Boating Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing - Bicycling - - - - Horse Riding - Hunting Winter Recreation - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 63, reservable: 44, nearest town: Christina Lake (12 km), Grand Forks (32 km), Castlegar (73 km)

Additional Information

Location

The most common accesses to Gladstone Provincial Park are via the Texas Creek campground and by boat from Christina Lake. The campground is 12 km east of the community of Christina Lake on Hwy 3; turn onto East Lake Drive and follow 4 km to the 63 site campground at the end of the road. There is rough 4WD access to Xenia Lake 22 km up the North Fork Rd from Grand Forks to Miller Creek Rd; turn right and go about 4 km. Look for a small road on the left marked with a white deactivated road sign that leads to the lake. There is also access to the Mt. Gladstone trailhead from Hwy 3 and the abandoned CPR railway at Paulson, the Mt. Faith trailhead from the Burrell Forest Service Road, and Peter Lake from Dog Creek Road.

Contact Information

Kaloya Contracting Ltd.
E-mail address: info@campokanagan.com
Phone: (250) 548-0076
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

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

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $7.50 per senior couple/night.

Marine Campsite Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all persons 13 years of age or older.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: April 15 – October 15. Campground dates with full fees and services: May 1 – September 26.

Campground reservable dates: May 14 – September 6. Park gate is closed in the off-season.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Texas Creek Campground offers 63 vehicle accessible campsites, including seven double sites. Most of the sites are large and shaded by a forest of Douglas fir mixed with some cedar, larch and Ponderosa pine; however, the double sites are medium to small in size. The forest has a thick understory of shrubs, including ocean spray, that offer privacy for the sites.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

This park has unique water accessible only camping opportunities on the west side of Christina Lake. Facilities are limited at these campsites.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Visitors can use Christina Lake day-use area located 10 km from the park.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a double-wide paved boat launch available at Texas Creek. It is open year round though ice will limit use. It is located on Litchy Road between pieces of private property, 500m before the campground. Parking is across East Lake Road in two large gravel parking lots.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout and Small-mouth Bass is popular. There is no fishing north of a line between Bald Point and Knob Point between April 1 and May 31. Ice fishing is possible on Christina Lake depending on winter conditions.

Hiking

Hiking

There are over 48 km of trails in the wilderness area of this park.

Swimming

Swimming

Excellent and safe swimming area in the warm waters of Christina Lake. The campground is situated well above the lake but several pocket beaches are accessible. The beaches of coarse sand are separated by shrubs and some cottonwood trees that provide shade.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are opportunities for scuba diving in Christina Lake.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

The warm, clear water of Christina Lake is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. The park includes numerous sandy beaches on the west side of the lake that are accessible only by boat and make perfect picnic spots. Old growth cedar trees and pictographs are found on the east side of the lake and the north end provides opportunities for viewing kokanee spawning.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Christina Lake, with its warm clear water, is perfect for water skiing. The boat launch at the campground is heavily used. Boat launch and rentals are available at the Christina Lake Marina.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Horseback riding is permitted in the backcountry area on designated trails.

Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in the park. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

There is limited cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Texas Creek campground. There are no defined trails. It is possible to ski on the Trans Canada Trail.

User Reviews

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

Nice Campground

Submitted by Guest on April 1, 2011

We stayed here summer of 2009 for approx. 1 week. We enjoyed the campground, mostly the fact that you still feel like your in the wilderness. The campground has lots of trees and is not a crowded campground. The facilities on the other hand aren't very good. With no shower houses or washhouses and very basic washroom facilities (basically flush and pit outhouses). The beach also isn't amazing. Not a open and sandy beach. Again lots of trees along the shore of the beach and a rockier bottom. There isn't a lot of beach area so it may be hard to find your own spot with privacy on the beach. The lake is nice. Not cold and very clear and clean.

This isn't a very fancy campground like others on Christina lake. We've stayed at others on the lake that don't have trees, and you are very very close to your neighbors. I think the campground was called skands court or something like that. It had much better facilities and a far nicer beach but it all depends what kind of a camper you are. Texas creek gives a feel of being deep in the forest, not close to civilization, unlike the other campgrounds in the area.

If planning on coming to Texas Creek for a while, I'd advise bringing an RV that you will be able to live out of. Take note that this campground does not offer power sites, a dump station or firewood (they do have firepits at all the sites though), so come prepared.

Overall, for a camper that enjoys the forest aspect of camping, I would recommend this campground.

 

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

Submitted by Guest on June 28, 2009

 

User Images

Our campsite was very nice: large, private with lot of shade. This is a reservable site. Most campsites in this park are of similar quality.

voyager
Aug 4, 2009

Relaxing on the beach

voyager
Aug 4, 2009

Beautiful lake

voyager
Aug 4, 2009

Campsite are huge. this is a single site.

Guest
Jun 28, 2009

Big butterflies

Guest
Jun 28, 2009

Big butterflies

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Jun 28, 2009

Guest
Jun 28, 2009

We are swimming...

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Jun 28, 2009

Guest
Jun 28, 2009

Not really a beach, but still nice

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Jun 28, 2009

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Jun 28, 2009

 

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