There are plenty of Camping and RV sites around the Kelowna area with 9 Provincial parks, dozens of Rec sites and lots of private sites all within a little more than an hours drive time from downtown Kelowna.
Bear Creek Provincial Park: Bear Creek Provincial Park is a 15 minute drive across Okanagan Lake and north up Westside Road. The campsite has 122 reservable sites surrounded by big shade trees and a long pebble beach looking out to beautiful Okanagan Lake. It's serviced with lots of washrooms, playground, individual fire pits, picnic tables and benches and a large grassy area with a playground near the beach. Across Westside road from the park is a 2.5km hiking loop with steep staircases and bridges overlooking a magnificent waterfall. Reservations accepted.
Fintry Provincial Park: The Fintry Estate at the northwest end of Okanagan Lake sits on a beautiful piece of property once owned by Captain James C. Dun-Water, who recognized how magnificent this acreage and waterfront really was in the early 1900's and built a manor for his beloved wife whom he brought over after the manor was completed. The manor is still there and parts of the old packing house used to distribute produce and goods up and down Okanagan lake on paddlewheelers before the roads were put through. They have 100 campsites with fire pits, Playgrounds, picnic tables with washrooms facilities spread throughout. The old barn has been rebuilt and sits below a fantastic trail system with a staircase that takes you past some stellar waterfalls when Shorts Creek is running. Reservations accepted.
Ellison Provincial Park: Ellison Provincial Park is located across Okanagan lake from the Fintry Provincial Park at the northeastern end of the lake. Accessed through Vernon, this park has over 70 campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, shade, playgrounds, trail systems and washroom facilities. It sits above a rocky shoreline with a few beach accesses to beautiful Okanagan lake. Reservations accepted.
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park: Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is located on Hwy 97n between Peachland and Summerland on the west side of Okanagan lake. It has 2 campgrounds, 1 called the north and 1 called the south. There are over 160 campsites between them with individual fire pits and picnic tables with lots of shade. The beach is a sandy/pebbly shoreline, great for all your holiday fun times with boating, swimming, volleyball or just lounging with the family, all close by your campsite. Reservations accepted.
Trepanier Provincial Park: Trepanier sits off Hwy 97c, 25kms to the west of Kelowna near Cameron Lake. This quiet fishing lake is a hike in Campsite only with no facilities. It is a popular hunting area when in season with a great trail network surrounding it.
Pennask Lake Provincial Park: Pennask Lake is known for its fabulous rainbow trout fishing, hiking/biking trails, swimming, canoeing and camping. They have 25 campsites that should be accessed by 4x4 from the Sunset Main exit on Hwy 97c.
Recreational Camping Sites: There's lots of fantastic rec sites in the Okanagan, but we will keep it to the most popular ones we are familiar with.
Eastside of Okanagan Lake:
Brown Lake: Brown Lake is located 46 km east of Kelowna off Hwy 33 on Hydraulic Lake road. They have only 4 rec campsites with fire pits, picnic tables, toilets servicing a great fishing lake.
Hydraulic Lake: Hydraulic Lake is located 35 km east of Kelowna off of Hwy 33 with 18 rec sites available, picnic tables, latrines and a great surrounding trail system for mountain biking, dirt biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling in the winter and fabulous fishing.
McCulloch Reservoir: Easily accessible from Hwy 33, east of Kelowna just past the Big White ski resort turnoff. They have 12 campsites with picnic tables and toilets sitting at the end of the dammed reservoir. There's fishing, hiking, biking and the famous abandoned KVR rail bed close by.
James Lake: James Lake is accessed off Hwy 33 and Goudie road with 10 rec campsites, picnic tables and toilets. Hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing are some of the popular activities in the area.
Dee Lake Chain: There is a host of fantastic fishing lakes above Winfield and Dee Lake road that have campsites with limited facilities but accessible by vehicles. In the Dee Lake chain their is: Dee Lake ; Loon Lake ; Fly Fishing Lake #1 ; Fly Fishing Lake #2 ; Aileen Lake ; Island Lake and many more.
Oyama Lake: Oyama Lake is accessed off of Oyama Lake road in Winfield with 5 rec sites available with fire pits, picnic tables and toilets, fishing, hiking.
Postill Lake: Postill Lake is also just to the east of Winfield and a very popular fly fishing lake. There are 5 rec sites with tables, toilets and a small boat launch.
Westside of Okanagan Lake:
Jackpine Lake: Jackpine Lake is located on the Westside of Okanagan Lake by either Bear Creek Main road or from Glenrosa road up to Crystal Mountain, then to Jack Pine Forest Service Rd. They have 9 rec sites available with tables, toilets and a great fishing lake.
Hatheume Lake South: Hatheume Lake is accessed by either Bear Creek Main FSR or Hwy 97c at the Sunset Main exit. They have 12 rec sites, tables and toilets servicing a well stocked rainbow trout lake.
Pinnacle Lake: Pinnacle Lake is close by Hatheume lake off of Hwy 97c or Bear Creek Main FSR. They have 5 rec sites with tables, toilets and a small boat launch accessing a small fishing lake.
Lambly Lake: Lambly Lake is 24km up Bear Creek Main FSR offering 17 rec sites with picnic tables, toilets, great fishing and for the dirt bikers there's all the Bear Creek off roading trails close by.
More camping information can be found at; www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca or www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks.
RV camping information can be found at www.tourismkelowna.com.