May 9th, 2019: Skagit Valley Park is now open for the 2019 season!
As of noon on May 10th, most portions of Skagit Valley Park will again be available for public access.
All trails impacted by the 2018 Silvertipped Creek fire are currently closed pending danger tree inspection and clearing. These trails are the Skagit River, Centennial and Shawatum trails.
Silvertip Campground was significantly impacted and will remain closed until extensive danger tree removal has been completed.
All other areas of Skagit Valley Park are open and available for public use.
- Ross Lake Campground
- Whitworth Horse Camp
- Chittenden Meadows
- All trails connecting Silver Skagit Road to the Skagit River
May 9, 2019: Boating and Swimming at Ross Lake Reservoir Impacted by Low Water Levels
During the summer of 2019, access to the Ross Lake reservoir will be limited, as all boat ramps will be closed due to low water levels. In Skagit Valley Park, driving, camping and building fires on the exposed lake bed is prohibited. Swimming and boating will not be available in British Columbia as the water levels of the reservoir will not facilitate these activities. Further restrictions to access will apply within Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The anticipated low water levels result from a number of factors including minimal precipitation in the Skagit basin, with only 110mm precipitation during February and March 2019. This compares to a 30 year average of 389mm. More information regarding the low reservoir levels can be found in the documents below. Please plan your visit accordingly.
CAUTION – Hazards due to wildfire damage
Please be advised that there are significant risks associated with entering areas that have been burnt over by the 2018 wildfire.
Potential risks could include:
- danger trees and overhead hazards – the integrity of trees whose trunks, roots or branches have been damaged by wildfire is unreliable
- terrain instability resulting in landslides and falling or shifting debris and rock
- amplified runoff after rainfall or snowmelt which could result in a rapid increase of water course depth and flow rates or flooding conditions
- ash pits – may be deep and difficult to see
- respiratory effects caused by breathing soot and charcoal for extended periods of time
- Post-wildfire hazards may last for several years or longer after a wildfire and may be triggered at any time with little or no warning.
May 24, 2018: Prescribed Fire Program
Expect to see downed trees in the Chittenden Meadow area. Staff from the BC Wildfire Service with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, are working in collaboration with BC Parks to bring prescribed fire back to the Skagit Valley Provincial Park landscape. During the Fall of 2017, wildland firefighters worked with BC Parks staff to remove encroachment trees and other vegetation from Chittenden Meadow in preparation for a prescribed burn (planned for Fall 2018). Visitors to Chittenden Meadow will note a number of felled trees. These trees will be part of the prescribed burn, adding nutrients to the soil and supporting the growth of grasses, wildflowers and shrubs. Evidence suggests that prescribed fire was a tool regularly used to manage the landscape by aboriginal peoples in the area. The unusual occurrence of Ponderosa Pine trees in Chittenden Meadow is likely the result of this fire-tolerant species surviving past fires. Their presence is one of the many reasons the meadow is a special place for our park visitors to enjoy.
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.
Note: Please review the rates below and ensure that cash is brought for payment of services while visiting the Skagit Valley as there are no alternative payment forms.
Firewood can be purchased from a Park Attendant.
About Skagit Valley
Skagit Valley is located approximately 140 km from Vancouver and can be accessed via the Trans-Canada Highway south of Hope. The road to the Skagit Valley area beyond the highway is unpaved and requires caution. The road is shared with logging trucks and other industrial equipment.
The Skagit Valley was carved by retreating glaciers and is characterized by excellent outdoor recreation opportunities in a natural, wilderness setting. Visitors can enjoy hiking along 50 km of trails, river fishing, picnicking, swimming and horseback riding. Skagit Valley Park includes two campgrounds and a horse campground. Silvertip Campground is located beside a river and the campground at Ross Lake is located on the lakeshore. Witworth Horse Camp includes pull-through campsites for vehicles with horse trailers and each campsite has its own horse corral.
For more information about Skagit Valley please visit the BC Parks website.
Skagit Valley Rates and Fees
GROUP CAMPSITE FEE
|Group Base Rate – per night, per site, per party||80.00|
|Group Additional Person (Adult 16+) – per night, per site, per party||5.00|
|Group Additional Person (Child 6yo – 15yo) – per night, per site, per party||1.00|
|Youth Group – per night, per group||50.00|
|Youth Group – per night, per extra person||1.00|
|Second Vehicle – Drive-in||9.00|
|Second Vehicle – Drive-in (Senior)||4.50|
|Total Number of Sites|
|Vehicle Accessible Site||Ross Lake = 88
Silver Tip = 43
Whitworth = 11
|Walk In Sites||n/a|
TOTAL NUMBER OF RESERVABLE SITES
|Vehicle Accessible Site||n/a|
|Walk In Sites||n/a|
|Full Service||April 27 – October 8|
Pets on Leash
Pit or Flush Toilets
Walk in / Wilderness Camping