Skagit Valley Provincial Park (Silver Tip)

 

The wide glaciated Skagit Valley, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks and characterized by dense forests and rushing mountain streams, is located southeast of Hope, between Highway 3 and the american border. In the 1970s, this area of captivating natural beauty was saved from flooding by an American hydroelectric company through efforts of a few dedicated environmental activists. A wide variety of outdoor activities awaits visitors at Skagit Valley Provincial Park. Hiking over 50 km of trails, river fishing, wildlife watching, horseback riding, canoeing, and swimming can all be enjoyed at this location.

There are 3 vehicle accessible campgrounds at this park: Ross Lake, Silver Tip, and Whitworth Horse camp. Silver Tip campground, with 43 campsites, is located close to the park gate, 42 km south of Hope, next to the fast-flowing Skagit River. Centennial Trail and Skagit River Trail are within a close distance from this campground.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping - - - - Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - - - - - Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming - - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - - - Horse Riding - Hunting - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 43, reservable: 0, nearest town: Hope (42 km)

Additional Information

Location

The Silver/Skagit Road, which joins Highway #1 three kilometres west of Hope, provides access to the Park. It is 37 km from Highway #1 to the entrance portal and a further 23 km to Ross Lake Reservoir and the Canada-USA border. The Silver/Skagit Road is a well maintained, loose surface road that provides access to several active logging areas before the Park entrance. Motorists are advised to drive with extreme caution and to use headlights at all times. Watch for wildlife and be aware of logging trucks and other industrial equipment. Extra caution should be taken after rain when road surfaces can become muddy and slippery. Note: There are no commercial facilities in the Skagit Valley that provide food, lodging, gas or any other goods or services. Visitors should be equipped with supplies and fuel before leaving Hope or Silver Creek for the Skagit Valley Provincial Park.

Contact Information

Sea to Sky Park Services Ltd
Email address: info@seatoskyparks.com
Phone: (604) 986-9371

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

Silver Tip Campground opening and closing dates: May 14 – October 12. Campground dates with full fees and services: June 26– October 12.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites on a first-come, first-served basis. There are three separate campgrounds in this park, Silvertip at 42 km (43 sites), Ross Lake at 60 km (88 sites) and Whitworth Horse Camp at 54 km with 11 pull-through sites (near Whitworth Meadows). There is parking available for 2 vehicles at each site. There is no extra parking available. The gate is located at Kilometre 58 and is closed and locked during the winter months only (October to May) yearly. The closest store, services, and gas are in Hope.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Wilderness, backcountry or walk-in camping is allowed, but no facilities are provided.

Campfires

Campfires

Campfires are permitted in the campground fire rings only. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water hand pumps are located in all the campgrounds. A cold water tap is located in the horse camp. The taps and hand pumps are shut off during the winter.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Fishing for trout is possible in Ross Lake. Catch and release fishing only in Skagit River. Please use the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information.

Hiking

Hiking

This park has 6 hiking/walking trails, ranging form short and easy to long and strenuous. Please consult the park information board for more information.

Swimming

Swimming

There is swimming and a sandy beach at Ross Lake. There is no roped-off swimming area. Water levels in the lake are controlled by a dam and fluctuate greatly. The lake is at its fullest during July and August, other times, there may be no water at all.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is possible at Ross Lake but not recommended on the Skagit River.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways.

Horse Riding

Horse Riding

Horseback riding is permitted on the Skagit River Trail, Centennial Trail and to the height of land on the Skyline II Trail. There is an eleven-unit horse camp near Whitworth Meadows near the Skyline II Trail head. There are approximately 50 kilometres of horse trails.

Hunting

Hunting

Open to hunting from September 10th to March 31st during a lawful game hunting season. Horses may be brought in for hunting. You will require all applicable hunting licences. However, there is no park specific hunting permit needed

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