Skagit Valley Provincial Park (Whitworth)

 

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. Whitworth Horse camp, with 11 pull-through sites, is catering primarily to equestrian users. This campground is found 54 km south of Hope and Highway 1. There are several trails suitable for horseback riding in the immediate vicinity of this campground.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping Walk-in / Wilderness Camping Group Camping - - Picnic Areas Campfires - Pit Toilets - Drinking Water - - Playground Boat Launch Wheel Chair Accessibility - 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: 11, reservable: 0, nearest town: Hope (54 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

Whitworth Horse Camp opening and closing dates: May 14 - September 7. Campground dates with full fees and services: June 26– September 7.

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 approximately 60 km away.

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

Walk-in / Wilderness Camping

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

Group Camping

Group Camping

There is a group campsite located across from the Ross Lake campground, close to the International Point day-use area. There is one covered shelter. The site can accommodate from 15 to 50 people. Please call 604-986-9371 to reserve the group campsite. Group Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area at International Point located at Ross Lake Campground on Ross Lake. The day-use/picnicking area has pit toilets, picnic tables and parking. There are no barbeque attachments on the picnic tables and no campfire rings available. There is a 1.5 hectare grassy area and sandy beach.

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.

Playground

Playground

This park has a playground at the Ross Lake campground. There is also a pleasant 1.5 hectare grassy area.

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

There is a single wide cement boat launch at Ross Lake campground. There is overnight parking available for vehicles and boat trailers. Boats can be left in the water or beach overnight at owners risk. Waterskiing is at your own risk and not advisable because of numerous stumps and woody debris in lake. Motorized vessels are not permitted on the Skagit River. Personal watercraft are not allowed on Ross Lake Reservoir.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

There is a wheelchair accessible pit toilet available at the Whitworth Horse Camp.

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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