Otter Lake Provincial Park, Tulameen BC – Revisited 2017

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View of the Princeton Fire as we approached

We used to visit Otter Lake Provincial Park every year with friends and I completed my first review back in 2015. I was excited to head back to Otter Lake and even more excited that we were camping in one of my suggested sites. As our trip approached it became clear that BC was in one of the worst forest fire seasons ever and the area about 20 km east of the campground was being evacuated. We were a worried whether we would be able to access our campground and how thick the smoke would be around us. As it turned out we were lucky, although we could see a haze and smell the smoke, we managed to have a relaxing weekend away.

 

As we headed off to Tulameen I was interested to see if the road was in any better shape than  10 years ago.  The answer is NO. Although it is okay for RV’s, it does have a lot of “watch for rocks falling” signs and  it was clearly still an issue as told by all the rocks on the road.

img_7541-2On this trip we camped with my sister and her husband in double site 14/15, which was a recommended site on my first Otter Lake blog.  This is a waterfront site with a steep path to our own private beach. We had kayaks with us so it was great to be able to leave them on the beach to use at our leisure. The site is very treed and level with a nice view of the lake. It offers lots of privacy and we barely even noticed the generator noise from the site beside us.
Our plan was to relax for the weekend so we really didn’t venture out much. Saturday morning my dad and brother-in-law headed to a nearby lake to try their luck at fishing and Sunday we drove into town to go for a walk on the Kettle Valley Trail. It was a great weekend away and the campground was as beautiful and pristine as I remembered.

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Here is my advise for this campground

Recommended Sites:

  • Most sites at this campground are large, level and have good privacy.img_7544-1
  • Double sites
    • I would recommend 24/25 if you want to be close to the main beach. It is large, close to the washrooms and has a view of the lake
    • 14/15 and 12/13 both have great lake views, are large and both have lake access with their own small beaches (although the paths are steep getting to the beach.) They are a bit farther from the public beach and washrooms.
    • 5/6 and 28/29 are both on are lakefront and are otherwise great. 43/44  be the only being double I would avoid.
  • Single Sites
    • Any of the lake front sites are winners with the exception of 21 because it is very open to the boat launch traffic.
    • If you want a pull-through my top choice would be site 11(picture below)img_7557-1
    • Site 19 backs onto the recycling/garbage area so avoid that one if you can.
    • I would try to avoid 35, 38, 40 & 42. Last year these were first come, first serve sites because they back onto the highway; they are much more exposed and a bit smaller. Having said that, if this is all I could get, I would still take them.

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Campground Highlights: 

  • Beautiful, clean, quiet lake. Great for swimming, kayaking or boating.
  • Short drive to Tulameen where you can access the KVR trail or public beach
  • Very large level sites with lots of privacy
  • Flush toilets
  • Pet beach
  • Boat launch
  • Paved roads for young cyclists

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Campground Lowlights

  • No hooks ups so expect generator noise
  • No running water so no showers and half the toilets are outhouses.
  • Very narrow, windy road from Princeton to Tulameen (30 km)
  • Closest sani dump is in Princeton

Things To do:img_7533-1

  • Swimming
  • Boating, kayaking and paddle boarding
  • Biking and hiking the KVR trail
  • Lots of ATV trails
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