Kettle River Recreation Area

 

This scenic location offers a tranquil camping experience amidst stands of old-growth cottonwoods and Ponderosa pines. The campground is situated on the banks of the beautiful Kettle River, which offers excellent swimming, fishing, canoeing,kayaking, and tubing opportunities. The deactivated Kettle Valley Railway is now a multi-use trail which is greatly appreciated by hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders. In the winter, this trail is very popular for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets - Drinking Water RV Sani Station - Playground - Wheel Chair Accessibility - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - - - - Winter Recreation Cross-country Skiing - Snowmobiling

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Fun for kids
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Number of campsites: 87, reservable: 45, nearest town: Rock Creek (5 km)

Additional Information

Location

This park is located 5 km north of Rock Creek on Highway 33.

Contact Information

Kaloya Contracting Ltd.
E-mail address: info@campokanagan.com
Phone: (250) 548-0076 (This is not a campsite reservations number).
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $9.50 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: April 1 – October 15. Campground dates with full fees and services: May 1 – September 22.

Campground reservable dates: May 14 - September 6.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

The campground is located 1 km off the highway along the paved access road. There are 87 vehicle accessible campsites in the park, including eight double sites. Most of the sites are large and are located in the beautiful, open Ponderosa pine/bunchgrass forest.

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is one large group campsite at this park. There are 13 tables on the lawn area that has potential for tenting with plenty of shade provided by the Ponderosa pines. There are two flush toilets, one wheelchair accessible pit toilet just off the parking as well as two taps and two fire rings. There is also a half-wall log frame shelter with cement floor. Inside are a stove, sink, counter and six tables. The area is on a terrace above the river. Please call 1-250-548-0076 or email info@campokanagan.co to reserve the group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $19.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area situated right on the beautiful Kettle River, just a short walk from the parking lot. There are 10 picnic tables separated by shrubs and well shaded. A 2 km trail follows the river.

RV Sani Station

RV Sani Station

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season. Drinking water is available here. Sani-station Use Fee: $2.00 per discharge.

Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground and a horseshoe pitch in this park.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Site 38 is wheelchair accessible. The pad around the table is paved and there is paved access to the site and to the toilet as well.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

There is a bait ban on the Kettle River above Cascade Falls from April 1 to Oct 31.

Hiking

Hiking

Kettle Valley Railway trail, a shared-use recreation trail, runs through this park. If you decide to walk parts of the historic Kettle Valley Railway, the bridge across the river is still intact, however, caution is advised at all times on and around the bridge.

Swimming

Swimming

Swimming in the river is available, as well as tubing along the river currents.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated trails. Kettle River Railway trail offers cycling opportunities.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

The open forest and Kettle Valley Railway make for great cross-country skiing, though the area generally receives only moderate snowfall. Depending on snowfall, there are snowshoeing opportunities as well. There are no designated trails other than the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR).

User Reviews

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

Great Family-friendly Campground

Submitted by Guest on August 2, 2013

This is a lovely campground, with nice clean hot showers and roomy campsites. There are many small towns in easy driving distance, including many of the Okanagan's famous wineries. The campsites themselves are comfortable and shady enough to spend a day lounging in-camp (at least in the older sections ... we noticed a brand new loop in 2013 of FCFS that seem very wide-open). The large number of families with young children means that there is the constant sound of children at play, though most campers seems to respect the 10 PM quiet-time.

 

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