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Gladstone Provincial Park
Gladstone Provincial Park is located on the north-central end of Christina Lake approximately 20 km (1.3 miles) north-east of Grand Forks.

Christina Lake
Gladstone Provincial Park is a fairly large park encompassing a total of around 39,787 hectares (97,327 acres). Not only does the park surround the northern half of Christina Lake but also encompasses a large area in the headwaters of Sander and Morrell Creeks, plus sections of the Monashee Mountains including 2,279 metre-high (7,477 feet) Mount Faith and 2,250 metre-high (7,382 feet) Mount Gladstone.

Travelling Here
To get here from Grand Forks, take Hwy 3 east through the small community of Christina Lake by 5 km (3 miles), then turn off Hwy 3 onto East Lake Drive for about 4 km (2.6 miles) to the campground at Texas Creek, where there is a camp host and general information on the park posted near the gate.

Park Highlights
The swimming, boating and water sports found in the clear, warm waters of Christina Lake is excellent, perhaps some of the best found in British Columbia. Throughout the park there are a number of small individual beach areas making for a great place to go kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing, SCUBA diving or just plain relaxing.

Campgrounds
Gladstone Provincial Park offers several campgrounds on Christina Lake including the vehicle-accessible campground at Texas Creek, walk-in wilderness style in the out-country plus some boat access-only marine campsites along the lake. There is also a wilderness campground found at Xenia Lake which is via the 4x4 Miller Creek Forest Service Road 23 km (14 miles) north of Grand Forks off of the North Fork Road.

Facilities
The Texas Creek campground facilities are fairly good with four cold water taps, a combination of five pit toilets and five flush toilets and all the campsites feature campfire rings with firewood for sale. For pleasure crafts, there is a boat launch near the entrance on Litchy Road and vehicle and trailer parking on East Lake Road. There is also a pay phone situated near the entrance to the campground.

Private Beaches at Texas Creek
The beach area at Texas Creek is just a short walk from the campground down a small hill. The unique thing about this beach is the small number - about 25 - individual places to set up camp. This is very private, with the odd shade tree, pebble beach and a great place for children to swim. There is also an excellent skin-diving area located near a drop off where you can swim through schools of fish and large boulders in depths around 3-5 metres (10-15 feet).

Rock Bluffs
There are a large number of rock bluffs along the shoreline of Christina Lake. A few of these cliffs are situated near the beach at Texas Creek and provide jumping platforms for older children and teenagers. If you want to do this, remember that a number of people have been seriously injured, so please be cautious if attempting to climb along the rocks.

Deer Point Trail
Another nice thing about the campground at Texas Creek is the proximity to over 48 km (30 miles) of hiking and mountain biking trails. The trailhead for Deer Point Trail is situated across from site 42 next to the cold-water tap. This trail is excellent and takes you through a cedar grove to the north end of Christina Lake near Troy Creek about 11 km (7 miles) one-way. Just remember that bears and other wildlife are frequently seen.

Nearest Services
For supplies, services or a break from the campstove you can travel into the community of Christina Lake only about 10 minutes away. Once in Christina Lake there is everything ranging from a general store, pub, café, coffee shop, gas station and marine supplies and services.

Grand Forks
Grand Forks only 30 minutes away from Gladstone Provincial Park (Texas Creek) also has a larger selection of everything including an Overwaitea and Extra Foods grocery stores, good selection of restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, medical help at the Boundary Hospital and a number of dentists.

Slight Hill to Beach
The beach area found at Texas Creek is just a short walk down a small hill. If you are out of shape or have a medical condition, it could be slightly difficult. If you prefer, there is also a large day-use area called Christina Lake Provincial Lake located on the south-west side of Christina Lake.

Wildlife
When you do go to the beach make sure that all food items are packed away from curious wildlife. The campground at Texas Creek is notorious for small fairly tamed squirrels, birds and ground hogs that get into mischief around food once the campsite is vacated of people.

Reservations are Required
During the summer the campground at Texas Creek is hard to find a campsite in the Okanagan on a first-come basis. first-served basis If you don't want to be disappointed reservations are accepted at Gladstone Provincial Park. Obtaining a reservation at Discover Camping is highly recommended if you are planning on staying from June 15 - Sept 1.

Information on Gladstone Provincial Park

Wildlife

Christina Lake at Texas Creek
Christina Lake at Texas Creek

 

North End of Chrisitina Lake
North End of Chrisitina Lake

 

Alex Johnson Marine Site
Alex Johnson Marine Site

 

Texas Creek Campsite
Texas Creek Campsite

 

Private Beaches
Private Beaches

 

Rock Bluffs at Christina Lake
Rock Bluffs

 

Cedar Grove near Troy Creek
Cedar Grove near Troy Creek

 

Beach at Texas Creek
Beach at Texas Creek

 

Deer Point Wilderness Campsite
Deer Point Wilderness Campsite

 
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