Visitors - Important Notice!
Lake campground, in Gladstone Provincial Park, can
be reached by road via the Miller Creek Forest Service
Road, located at Km 23 on the North Fork Road, north
of Grand Forks. The forest service road reaches the
Provincial Park boundary at km 8.3; make a right
turn on a rough road for another 1 km east and you
will arrive at the campgound on the lake. This last
kilometer is very rough and in poor condition. There
are 3 campsites on the lake. Please keep the sites
clean and carry out all garbage.
Gladstone is, perhaps, most well known for the vehicle
accessible Texas Creek campground which was added to the
park area in 1995 and provides excellent camping, picnicking
and a safe swimming area. However, the park also has significant
wilderness value. It provides a diversity of habitats
in the Selkirk Foothills ecosection of the province that
is found nowhere else. These include Kokanee spawning
areas, winter range for deer and elk, and of particular
importance, low elevation habitats and old growth cedar
and hemlock forests. There are several short trails that
lead from the campground to the lake. Christina Lake has
a reputation as one of the warmest and clearest lakes
in Canada. There are several pocket beaches that provide
great opportunities for privacy and quiet moments. The
Monashee Mountains surround the lake and it is a perfect
backdrop for a variety of water-oriented recreational
activities. Fishing for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout and Small-mouth
Bass is popular. The protection of spawning areas in the
park such as Sandner Creek is extremely important.
Two areas of the park have been zoned as Special Features:
the pictographs on the east shore of Christina Lake and
the Troy/Sandner Creek area at the north end of Christina
Lake from 100 metres off-shore to one kilometre inland
to protect the provincially significant spawning habitat
for kokanee and rainbow trout and the area’s importance
for grizzly and black bear habitat during the fish spawn.
Park is located approximately 20 km northeast of Grand
Forks on Hwy 3 at the north end of Christina Lake in the
Monashee Mountains. The most common accesses to the park
are via the Texas Creek campground and by boat from Christina
Lake. The campground is 5 km east of Christina Lake on
Hwy 3; turn onto East Lake Drive and follow 4 km to the
63 site campground at the end of the road. There is rough
4WD access to Xenia Lake 22 km up the North Fork Rd from
Grand Forks to Miller Creek Rd; turn right and go about
4 km. Look for a small road on the left marked with a
white deactivated road sign that leads to the lake. There
is also access to the Mt. Gladstone trailhead from Hwy
3 and the abandoned CPR railway at Paulson, the Mt. Faith
trailhead from the Burrell Forest Service Road, and Peter
Lake from Dog Creek Road.
Any maps listed are for
information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be
used for navigation.
Itch - Symptoms will be an irritating rash and persistent
itch. Calamine lotion is an effective treatment.
Ivy - A low plant with three glossy, bright green leaves
and white berries. Wear shoes when hiking, especially in
Calamine lotion is an effective treatment.
Safety Information (park
safety, hazards, wildlife safety information, health risks)
parks that accept reservations,
all vehicle accessible campsites (with the exception of
group sites) must be reserved through Discover
are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also
note: When booking a reservation for multiple
parties, please advise Discover Camping of the specific
details (ie number of parties, names of parties, dates
required to be reserved etc) if you wish to have sites
booked that are adjacent to each other.
Park Facility Operator will accommodate requests for adjacent
sites whenever possible, but cannot offer any guarantee
that sites will be available.
considered by PFO when pre-assigning sites for reservations:
assigned sites close or next to each other.
when reservation first booked.
of RV and/or tents.
children or other special concerns are present.
Special requests (ie for certain sites etc) not accepted
at Gladstone (Texas Creek).
Groupsite camping and day-use
picnicking is not available in this park.
Parks: Fees, park listings, what
you should know before you go and other useful links.
information on the Texas Creek Campground and Marine
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For information about Camp Host opportunities, contact Kaloya Contracting Ltd.
Phone: 250 548-0076
Click here to view a non-government web link, for additional information.
Creek Campground offers 63 vehicle accessible
campsites, including seven double sites. Campsite
reservations are accepted and first-come,
first-served sites are also available. The
gate is locked during the off season, Nov-May.
Most of the sites are large and shaded by a
forest of Douglas fir mixed with some cedar,
larch and Ponderosa pine; however, the double
sites are medium to small in size. The forest
has a thick understory of shrubs, including
ocean spray, that offer privacy for the sites.
The numerous trees may make backing into some
sites difficult but most are easily accessed.
Roads within the campground are gravel, with
perimeter road being double lane and the others
a little narrower. There is a phone beside
site 3 and the nearest services are in Christina
with reservations: Check reservation board at
campground entrance for pre-assigned site number.
without reservations: Check reservation board
at campround entrance for list of sites available
on a first come first served basis.
Accessible Camping Fee: $15.00 per party / night
Senior's Rate (Shoulder Season only):
$7.50 per senior's couple/night
of Operation - All dates are subject
to change without notice
and Closing Campground Dates: (campground
is accessible but may not offer full services
such as water, security, etc.)
15 - October 15 2008 approx
(Gate is locked during off-season, but park is
accessible on foot)
Dates with Full Services and Fees:
1 - September 21 2008 approx
|Gladstone Marine Sites:
21 - Sept 21, 2008 approx
16 - September 1, 2008
Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:
of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.
park has unique water accessible only camping opportunities
on the west side of Christina Lake that are accessible
by boat. Many are former Forest Service Recreation
sites. Note: Facilities are limited.
Marine campsite and
Camping Fee: $5.00 per person / night, for all persons 13 years of age or older
The Ole Johnson site is situated on Bald Point on the
west side of Christina Lake. Access to this small bay
of coarse sand is by boat, 7.5 km from the boat launch
at Texas Creek. There are 10 walk-in sites with fire
rings, two picnic tables and two benches. The forested
uplands rise steeply off the beach and are broken up
by rocky outcrops. There is evidence of historical
use in the form of two old cabin sites belonging to
miner Ole Johnson for whom the site is named. There
are excellent swimming, fishing and hiking opportunities.
Lake has been used as a backcountry camp by past
users. There is room for three tents beside the lake.
There are no other facilities. There is no beach
swimming opportunities are limited. The lake contains
rainbow trout and brook trout. There are opportunities
for hiking up the ridge south of the lake for views
into the Sandner Creek drainage.
Lake has an old Forest Service Recreation site. There
are two pit toilets and five picnic tables.
Creek-located at the extreme northwest corner of
Christina Lake 10 km from the Texas Creek boat launch
or 11.3 km hiking along the Deer Point/Troy Creek
Trail. This small bay has a rocky shoreline backed
by a mixed forest with some exceptional Western red
cedar and Douglas fir. An old cabin provides evidence
of past use of the site. There are great views across
the lake and to the north as well as good fishing.
There is one pit toilet and five picnic tables. A
trail leads up to Xenia Lake.
Creek-located on the west side of Christina Lake
opposite Deer Point 6 km from the Texas Creek boat
launch accessible only by boat. The majority of the
shoreline is rocky and the upland is heavily forested
with few shrubs. The small beach is coarse gravel.
There is one pit toilet and two picnic tables.
Creek-located on the west side of Christina Lake
5 km from the Texas Creek boat launch. This large
beach of coarse sand is sheltered from prevailing
south winds making it a great spot for swimming and
fishing. It offers an excellent view of Sandner-Troy
Creek at the head of the lake. The land slopes away
from the beach in a series of terraces. There are
two pit toilets and four picnic tables.
Johnson-located on the west side of Christina Lake
3 km from the Texas Creek boat launch. This isolated
bay has a long sandy beach making it a good spot
for swimming and waterskiing. There are views across
the lake of rock slides. There are two pit toilets
and four picnic tables.
Beach-located on the west side of Christina Lake
almost opposite of Texas Creek. This large sandy
beach area is the southern most site on the west
side. It is a popular area for swimming and fishing.
There are two pit toilets and four picnic tables.
Trapper Creek can be accessed by either boat or from the Deer Point Trail.
It is a small, semi-open site with swimming and fishing opportunities. There
is one pit toilet and two picnic tables.
can use Christina
Lake day-use area located 10 km. from the park..
facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.
water taps are located throughout the Texas Creek Campground.
shut off during the off-season.
are five flush toilets and five pit toilets in the Texas Creek Campground.
While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood.Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don't gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
||There are no electrical hook-ups in this park
are no regularly scheduled interpretive programs at
are over 48 km of trails in the park. Click to view
detailed trail information.
park does not have a playground.
There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
Excellent and safe swimming area in the warm waters
of Christina Lake. The campground is situated well
above the lake but several pocket beaches are accessible.
The beaches of coarse sand are separated by shrubs
and some cottonwood trees that provide shade. A roughly
100m long, 2m wide gravel trail with a gentle slope
leaves the campground between sites 2 and 3. This is
the easiest trail to the beach. A variety of other
narrow dirt trails cut straight down the bank in a
series of stairs and switchbacks. On the main trail
just above the beach are a rescue station, garbage
can and two pit toilets.
The warm, clear water of Christina Lake is ideal for
canoeing and kayaking. The park includes numerous sandy
beaches on the west side of the lake that are accessible
only by boat and make perfect picnic spots. Old growth
cedar trees and pictographs are found on the east side
of the lake and the north end provides opportunities
for viewing kokanee spawning.
There is a paved boat launch available at Texas Creek.
It is open year round though ice will limit use. It
is located on Litchy Road between pieces of private
property, 500m before the campground. There is a wide
paved road with a single lane turn-around running off
one side. The road slopes down to a double wide concrete
ramp with two docks made of interlocking plastic blocks.
There is a payphone and an information shelter beside
the dock. Parking is across East Lake Road in two large
gravel parking lots. There is one pit toilet by the
for Kokanee, Rainbow Trout and Small-mouth Bass is
Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must
licence. There is no fishing north of a line between
Bald Point and Knob Point between April 1 and May 31.
Ice fishing is possible on Christina Lake depending
must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory
in British Columbia. Mountain biking has designated
riding is permitted in the backcountry area on designated
trails. No horseback riding in the campground.
animals must be on a leash at all times and are not
allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible
for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.Backcountry
areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to
wildlife issues and the potential for problems with
wildlife viewing opportunities.
is limited cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the Texas Creek
campground. There are no defined trails. Locals ski on the Trans Canada
are opportunities for SCUBA diving in Christina Lake. A company based
in Christina Lake called Blue Max Adventures in Diving, offers courses.
Lake, with its warm clear water, is perfect for water skiing. The boat
launch at the campground is heavily used. Boat launch and rentals are
available at the Christina Lake Marina.
Hunting is allowed in the park. Please check the BC
Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more information.
Faith area draws people internationally
for guided hunting provided by a licensed guide outfitter.
climbing or rock climbing opportunities.
spelunking or caving opportunities.
cabins, yurts or lodges for public use.