Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

 

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is located on the shores of the gorgeous blue-green Kalamalka Lake, 11 km south of Vernon on Highway 97. The campground is located on a gently sloping hillside, and since there are no large trees here, each campsite has a fabulous view of Kalamalka Lake, also known as “The Lake of Many Colours”. The lake provides an abundance of recreational activities: swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, and waterskiing are all excellent. There is a 2.5-km long hiking trail in this park, meandering around the open grassy hills and offering captivating views of the lake. Many more hiking and mountain biking opportunities can be found at the nearby Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. The Vernon area boasts dozens of wineries and fruit orchards and offers boundless recreation opportunities.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water - - Playground Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - Boating Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing - - Mountain Biking - - - - Wildlife Watching - - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 70, reservable: 49, nearest town: Vernon (11 km)

Additional Information

Location

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park located 11 km south of Vernon, off Highway 97. Follow the signs from the highway; turn off onto Kalamalka Lakeview Road and then turn right onto Highridge Road.

 

11 km. south of Vernon, off Highway #97; park is on west side of Kalamalka Lake. The park boundary is 2 km from the Hwy 97 turnoff and the campground is 1 km beyond that. The highway turnoff is well signed.

Contact Information

Quality Recreation Ltd.
Email address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca
Phone: 1-250-545-8467
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: April 1 – October 31. Campground dates with full fees and services: April 1 – October 31. Campground reservable dates: May 16 - September 6. Park gate is closed during the off-season, from the first snow to April 1.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing for lake trout and kokanee can be enjoyed on Kalamalka Lake. Daily kokanee quota is 2.

Hiking

Hiking

There are 2.6 km of gravel walking trails through the grasslands around the campground. The terrain is gently sloped.

Swimming

Swimming

A rocky swimming area is located next to the boat launch.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing/kayaking is permitted on Kalamalka Lake.

Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Kekuli Bay is a boater's destination. Kalamalka is a very popular lake for waterskiing. The boat launch in this park is heavily used.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There are some bird watching opportunities, especially in the spring and fall. Also found in the park is the blue listed Western rattlesnake and two red listed plants, Bluebunch wheatgrass and Black cottonwood.

User Reviews

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

I think this park has potential.

Submitted by voyager on June 18, 2009

This park is located right next to a beautiful emerald-green Kalamalka Lake. The view of the lake is spectacular, especially during the day, when the water is has an unusual blue/green color. And the water looks very inviting to go for a dip. I wasn't impressed with the park itself. There is absolutely no shade in the park to hide from the hot Okanagan sun during the day, and campsites do not offer any privacy. This park might be suitable for campers with RVs, I can't imagine staying there if all you have is a tent. Nevertheless, I think this will be a beautiful place to camp when the trees get a little bigger. The area is sure gorgeous.

 

User Images

An unlucky Gopher snake was killed by a car not far from the park.

voyager
Jun 11, 2009

Kalamalka Lake. View from the campground.

voyager
Jun 11, 2009

Beautiful view of the Kalamalka Lake and a boat launch area

voyager
Jun 10, 2009

This is the whole campground, pretty much.

voyager
Jun 10, 2009

Multiple campsites on the hill. Not many trees, and not much privacy

voyager
Jun 10, 2009

 

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