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Skagit Valley Provincial Park
- Please note, August 21, 2015: Ross Lake and Skagit Valley Provincial Park are experiencing intermittent smoky conditions. Smoke is largely due to fires burning along State Route 20 and Lake Chelan in Washington State. The level of smoke varies greatly depending on current wind and weather conditions. More information about these fires can be found at http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/.
- As of October 20th, 2014: BC Parks has the replaced 3 equestrian bridges located along the Skagit River trail. Thanks for your patience during the construction of the bridges. It is our hope that you will enjoy them for many years to come!
Know Before You Go
- Trail Information [PDF] (you will need to scroll down to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park entry)
Bear Safety AdvisoryBears are very active in this park. Read the bear safety information.
Reservoir InformationRoss Lake campground is located on a reservoir. The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool. Other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side.
About This ParkThe Skagit Valley was carved by retreating glaciers and is characterized by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural, wilderness-like setting. Visitors can enjoy hiking along 50 km of trails, river fishing, camping, and picnicking.
Park Size: 27,964 hectares
- Ross Lake campground is located on a reservoir. The level of the water in the reservoir fluctuates greatly. July and August are the only months when the lake is at full pool, other times there is no water at all on the Canadian side.
- For access and information on the US parks year-round, please phone North Cascades National Park at 1-360-854-7200 or visit their website.
- It is illegal to operate an uninsured/unlicenced motor vehicle in any provincial park, recreation area or campground.
- Nearest sani-station facility is located in Hope, B.C.
- Swimming: Campers and swimmers should be aware that swimmers itch may be present within Ross Lake. For more information on the treatment and prevention of swimmers itch, check out the BC Healthfiles page.
- The Skagit River is susceptible to extreme water level velocities during the spring and summer run-off season.
- Access is by a loose surfaced (gravel/dirt) public road. Please drive safely.
| Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
|Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
|Ross Lake campground: May 1 – October 12
Silver Tip campground: May 1 – October 12
Whitworth Horse camp: - May 1 – October 12
Please note: Gate is closed during the off-season. Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||Ross Lake campground: May 1 – October 12
Silver Tip campground:May 1 – October 12
Whitworth Horse camp: May 1 – October 12
Please note: Opening date may change due to snow pack or other weather conditions.
|Campground Reservable Dates:
For group site only:
May 1 – October 11
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||– Ross Lake = 88
– Silver Tip = 43
– Whitworth Horse camp = 11
|Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. During the off-season park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. If the park or campground are closed for other reasons, information is noted in the "Attention Visitor Notice" at the top of this page.|
ReservationsAll campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Reservations for individual campsites are not accepted at this park – all campsites are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park for dates between May 1 to October 11.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
From the community of Hope travel westbound on Flood Hope Road, then turn left (south) onto the Silver Skagit Road that leads to get to the park.
Coming from the west on BC-1 E/Trans-Canada Hwy. Take exit 168 toward Flood Hope Road, turn right onto Flood Hope Road, then right onto the Silver Skagit Road to get to the park.
Silver Skagit Road 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. 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. ATVs and uninsured vehicles are not permitted on Silver Skagit Road.
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.
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your own E.C. Manning/Skagit Valley
topographic map! (1:50,000)
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- Approved Master Plan for Skagit Valley Park in pdf format. [PDF 567.77KB]
This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
All water is tested weekly and is suitable for drinking unless posted otherwise.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $70.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Vehicle Accessible Camping
There is parking available for 2 vehicles at each site. There is no extra parking available.
If there are no staff to direct you to a campsite, choose a site with no camping receipt posted on the campsite number post; staff will come around to collect fees. Cash is the only form of payment accepted.
The closest store and pay phone is in Hope approximately 60 km away.
The gates to each campground listed above are closed and locked during the winter months only (Oct to May) yearly.
There are no winter camping opportunities offered in this park as only 5 km of the 50 km access road is maintained during the winter months.