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Kettle River Provincial Park
Kettle River Provincial Park is located in the Boundary Region of south central British Columbia 7.5 km (4.7 miles) north of the small community of Rock Creek and 7 km (4.4 miles) south of Westbridge on Hwy 33.

Travelling Here
If you are coming from Kelowna, take Hwy 33 and travel south by around 130 km (81 miles) to reach the park gates. Travelling on Hwy 3, Rock Creek is about 52 km (32.5 miles) east of Osoyoos and 72 km (45 miles) west of Grand Forks.

Park Highlights
The park highlights of Kettle River Provincial Park include a swimming hole on the Kettle River located near the day-use area. The Kettle River Provincial Park is also situated on the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) right-of-way, now part of the Trans-Canada Trail. The campground serves as a good destination point for people travelling the KVR, coming from either Midway or Beaverdell.

Campground
The campground at Kettle River Provincial Park features 87 vehicle-accessible campsites, 45 of these reservable; most sites are quite large with plenty of open spaces available intermixed by Ponderosa Pines and bunchgrass growing in the area. The campground is fairly wide open making it attractive for people with small children.

Facilities
The facilities found at the Kettle River campground include well-spaced-out sites, drinking water from taps found throughout (boiling is advised) and a combination of both flush and pit-style toilets. There is a large group campsite available suitable for up to ten vehicles, if required.

Swimming Hole
Kettle River Provincial Park has a very nice swimming hole a short distance from the campground. The natural pools are located on both the east and west banks of the Kettle River featuring white sandy beaches on both sides of the river. In certain places, the water is also quite shallow making it very safe for small children to play on the beach and in the water. The swimming hole is very popular in the summer for people starting here and inner tubing down the Kettle River to Rock Creek.

Walking Trails
Also found at the park are walking trails that meander along the river and join up with the Trans-Canada Trail. The Trans-Canada Trail crosses the Kettle River near the swimming hole by using an old railway trestle which, at one time, served the Kettle Valley Railway. There is evidence on the east side of the river bank of a number of abandoned silver and gold mines that were prevalent in the area during the early 1900's.

Nearest Services at Rock Creek
For supplies or services, you can travel into the community of Rock Creek where there are Ultra Fuels and Petro-Canada service stations, gift stores, the Prospector Pub and the Gold Pan Café. The Petro-Canada also has groceries and a liquor store, if required. Rock Creek is also close to the small settlement of Kettle Valley where you can find a 9-hole golf course called the Kettle Valley Golf Club and the Kettle River RV Park which is conveniently across from the golf course on Hwy 3.

Adventure Riding
If you happen to like exploring by quads or adventure riding on dual-purpose motorcycles, try taking a loop trip from Hwy 33 up to the Rhone Valley through Conkle Lake Provincial Park by forest service roads and back out on Hwy 3 near Bridesville. Along the route there are beautiful views of the natural geography of the southern climate found in the Boundary Region.

Reservations
During the summer and on long weekends the campground at Kettle River Provincial Park fills up fast. In order not to be disappointed reservations for campsites at Kettle River Provincial Park can be made through Discover Camping.

Being Safe
If you are walking through the bush, be prepared for Poison Ivy growing in the underbrush. The mine shafts, if discovered while exploring, are in unstable and dilapidated condition and must not be entered for safety reasons. Also, remember with small children, the river current, depending on water levels, could be swift and dangerous, especially near the deeper pools found on the Kettle River. Bears and other wildlife are known to visit the area, be prepared especially along the trails.

BC Parks

 

Kettle River Provincial Park
Kettle River Provincial Park

 

Day-Use Picnic Area
Day-Use Picnic Area

 

Campground
Campground

 


Kettle River Inner Tubing

 

Kettle River Railway Trestle
Kettle River Railway Trestle

 

Kettle River at Park
Kettle River at Park

 

Beach Area - West Side
Beach Area - West Side

 

Trail along Kettle River
Trail along Kettle River

 
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