October 11, 2019: Fire Rehabilitation Work Underway – Watch for Signage and Trail Closures
Starting Friday October 11, 2019, Danger Tree work will be occurring along sections of the Skagit River and Centennial Trails to remove hazards post 2018 fire. Large sections of these trails will be closed while work is ongoing. Park visitors should expect to see ATV’s operating in the park during this time. Please follow all signage and trail closures.
September 10, 2019: Boating and swimming at Ross Lake Reservoir still impacted by low water levels
During the summer and fall 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. Please plan your visit accordingly.
September 10, 2019: Prescribed Fire Program
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 2019, wildland firefighters will be working with BC Parks staff to undertake a prescribed burn in Chittenden Meadow. Access to the area may be temporarily restricted during burn operations.
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.
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.
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.
Firewood can be purchased from a Park Attendant.
CASH ONLY: Please review the rates below and ensure that cash is brought for payment of services while visiting Skagit Valley as there are no alternative payment forms.
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|
|Firewood||1 for $12 or 3 for $32|
TOTAL NUMBER OF RESERVABLE SITES
|Vehicle Accessible Site||n/a|
|Walk In Sites||n/a|
|Full Service||May 14 – October 10|
Pets on Leash
Pit or Flush Toilets
Walk in / Wilderness Camping