Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park

 

Two serene blue-green lakes await visitors at Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park located on the high altitude plateau between Merritt and Kelowna, 11 km off Highway 97C. This area is characterized by its distinctive landscape of gently undulating grassy hills and a mixed forest of pines and aspens. Fishing for rainbow trout is excellent in both the Kentucky Lake and the Alleyne Lake. There are also two small ponds designated “Children Fishing Only”. This park exudes a feeling of spaciousness and tranquillity, and walking on the open hills feels almost therapeutic. Two campgrounds, one at each lake, offer a total of 58 vehicle accessible campsites. Some sites are shaded by trees, whereas others are in an open area.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - Group Camping - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - Boat Launch - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

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

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 58, reservable: 0, nearest town: Merritt (38 km)

Additional Information

Location

The park is located 38 km south of Merritt or 11 km south of Aspen Grove, just off Hwy 5A. From the east, the park is 11 km from the Okanagan Connector ( Highway 97C) on paved access.

Contact Information

B/L Parks Contracting Ltd.
E-mail address: info@bcinteriorparks.com
General Office phone: (250) 378-5334 (April to September)

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.

Operation Dates

Campsites on the West Pond and Alleyne Lake are open year round, but no services such as water and firewood are provided during the off-season.

Campground opening and closing dates (Kentucky Lake): May 15 – September 30. Campground dates with full fees and services: May 15 – September 30.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 58 vehicle accessible campsites including five double and eight pull-through sites. The campground is quite spread out and divided between Kentucky Lake, sites 1-31, the West Pond, sites 36-41 and Alleyne Lake with sites 42-58.

Group Camping

Group Camping

The group site is located on the north end of Alleyne Lake accessed via a narrow 2.5 km gravel road. The group site requires a minimum booking of ten parties. There are picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets, potable water and the site is located lakeside for good fishing and boating opportunities. Please call 250-378-5334 or e-mail info@bcinteriorparks.com to reserve the group campsite.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

The small gravel boat launch on Kentucky Lake is accessed by a single lane gravel road past site 4. Another small gravel boat launch is found on Alleyne Lake between sites 53 and 54. They are best suited to small, light boats. There is a horsepower restriction.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

This area is very popular for fishing. The ponds between Kentucky Lake and Alleyne Lake are open only to those under the age of 16. The lakes and ponds are stocked with rainbow trout from the Summerland Trout Hatchery. Depending on temperatures, there are ice fishing opportunities in the park.

Hiking

Hiking

A four km walking trail circling Kentucky Lake provides viewing and access to the lakeshore where the swimming is great. It is an easy walk with minimal elevation change that takes one hour. The other trails in the park serve only to link the various campground loops.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming in the lakes is possible, but the clean turquoise water can be quite cold. There are no beaches and most of the lakeshore by the campgrounds is a natural marsh. Though it makes for poor swimming, the area is good for waterfowl.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Depending on temperatures, there are ice fishing opportunities in the park. Access may be difficult depending on road conditions.

User Reviews

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

Beutiful place

Submitted by Guest on June 28, 2009

I have mixed feelings about this park. On one hand, this park is very peaceful, quiet (when I was there), surrounded by beautiful nature, two bigger green-blue lakes with absolutely transparent, Caribbean-like water, and one small pond. On the other hand, it is too peaceful there. I had a feeling like I was in the middle of nowhere with a few other campers. Maybe it was just my mood at that time...but it is Peaceful. Oh, and they have "fishing for kids only" lake. I thought that was very unusual and cool. There are a lot of trails in the park, perfect for exploring the area on a bike or on foot.

This place is such a major change from the busy city life, I can't help but imagine a few philosophers sitting there and trying to reach enlightenment...

 

User Images

Swimming in Alleyne Lake

yas
Sep 21, 2009

Alleyne Lake

yas
Sep 21, 2009

White sand by a green lake.

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

Gorgeous, isn't it?

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

Loons

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

This is cute - this lake is reserved for kids to fish in. :)

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

These campsites are in between the two lakes

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

Beautiful lake

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

One of the campsites. This is not the best one, other spots are much better.

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

A green lake

voyager
Jun 28, 2009

 

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