A lake a day as long as you stay’ is no idle boast for the Thompson Nicola region. Relative to its size, this region is unsurpassed in British Columbia for its sports fishery. There are close to 150 lakes in the area, and almost every lake offers new fishing opportunities.
Located in the heart of cattle country, the rolling grasslands and dry open forest surround the sparkling turquoise waters of the lakes. The scenery is spectacular from early April to late October.
Alleyne and Kentucky lakes in Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park are the largest, with a busy campground nestled among the Ponderosa pine forest between the two lakes.
The lakes are a favourite destination for locals and visitors alike. An endless choice of activities takes you away from the rush of modern living. Enjoy swimming, canoeing, walking, fishing, and hiking. Boating is restricted to paddle watercraft, as powerboats are not permitted. There is a small gravel boat launch on Kentucky Lake. There are several easy hiking trails that loop around the lakes, and wildflowers, wildlife, beaver lodges and Quilchena Falls are all features of this delightful park. None of the lakes have natural spawning streams – they are stocked with rainbow trout.
The park has 58 vehicle/tent campsites, which are divided between Kentucky Lake, the West Pond, and Alleyne Lake. The campground is open from April to October. The group sites are located on the north end of Alleyne Lake, accessed via a narrow 2.5 km gravel road. There are no phones in the park and the closest store is at the Elkhart Lodge on the Coquihalla Connector or in Merritt, 38 km north of the park.
Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park is located 38km south of Merritt, between Highway 5A and the Coquihalla Connector in the Thompson Nicola region of BC.
Access from Highway 97C, the Coquihalla Connector, is via Look Lake Road, a 3km gravel access road. Access from Highway 5A is on the paved Bates Road, just south of Aspen Grove on the way to the town of Princeton.
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