Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is located approximately 10 km (6
miles) north of Summerland
and 12 km (7.5 miles) south of Peachland
on Hwy 97.
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park sits on the west side of Okanagan
Lake, offering beautiful panoramic views of the lake towards Okanagan
Mountain Provincial Park, just south of Kelowna.
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is divided into two sections, with
the North campground having 80 vehicle-accessible campsites and
South campground having 96 vehicle-accessible campsites. Reservations
are available and highly recommended during the summer months; first-come,
first-served sites are also available
The facilities at the two campgrounds include pit-toilets, some
flush toilets in the shower rooms, a children's play area in the
south campground, fire-rings, cold water taps, a day-use area, picnic
tables, and a double concrete boat launch in the south section.
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park offers a number of swimming areas.
Beaches are a mixture of small pebbles with a few small sandy sections,
each set in grassland made up mainly of sagebrush and Ponderosa
pine. There are a number of watersports available here, including
tubing, wind and kite surfing, boating, waterskiing, swimming, paddle
boarding, and, with the appropriate license, fishing. Just remember
there are no lifeguards here, as with other BC provincial parks.
in the Area
Other outdoor activities near or in the park include birdwatching,
wildlife viewing, cycling, and using the campground as a base camp
for motorcycling. A winery to visit nearby is the Fitzpatrick Family
Vineyards at the historic Greata Ranch site. Boating to the other
side of Okanagan Lake from Peachland to Rattlesnake Island, situated
in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, is another popular activity.
There are also short walking trails on the beach, or you can sit
on the benches to enjoy the vista along Okanagan Lake.
Just a reminder that Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is a habitat
for rattlesnakes, so if you are out hiking, dress accordingly and
make sure to watch crevices when traversing rock obstacles. Remember
to be bear aware and practise wildlife safety habits while in the
If you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside around
British Columbia, please remember this is bear country. Try to avoid
the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable
with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also
the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please
play it safe.
For provisions and supplies, there is an IGA in nearby Peachland
and a Nesters in Summerland. For coffee shops in Peachland, there
is an excellent spot called the Bliss Bakery and Bistro. For hardware
and camping supplies, try the Canadian Tire in Penticton.
The nearest Costco is in Kelowna; unfortunately, there are no bulk
propane sales available here.