With a beautiful view of 2,245-metre Mount Bowman to the north, the highest peak in the Marble Range, Downing Provincial Park encompasses the small but attractive Kelly Lake, and is also known as Kelly lake Provincial Park. The park was donated to the public in 1970 by C.S. Downing, whose family still owns the adjacent property, and offers canoeing, hiking, swimming, sunbathing on the beach, and fishing in Kelly Lake.
Downing Provincial Park is a popular day-use picnicking spot, and angling for rainbow trout is a favourite activity. Note that no boat launch is provided.
The park offers 18 campsites, spread out over a lush, grassy field adjacent to the campground parking lot. The park is open from May to September. There is no pay phone at the park and the closest store is around 18km away in Clinton.
Nearby provincial parks offering campgrounds include Green Lake Provincial Park, Big Bar Lake Provincial Park, northwest of Clinton, and Loon Lake Provincial Park, tucked into a mixed Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forest east of Clinton. Close by is the Loon Creek Hatchery, which raises kokanee salmon and rainbow trout.
Visitors can also travel along the Jesmond Loop. This scenic drive passes by the historic townsite of Jesmond, where the OK Corral, one of the oldest ranches in the area is situated, and continues past Little Big Bar Lake. The loop also accesses the Jesmond fire lookout by way of a narrow four-wheel drive road. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including Marble Range and Edge Hills Provincial Parks. This route eventually connects with Highway 97 and provides a scenic trip for travellers heading to Green Lake or beyond.
Downing Provincial Park is located 11 miles (17 km) southwest of Clinton off Highway 97.
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