On our way to Arrow Lakes in BC one summer we decided to break the drive up by camping along the way. Our campsite of choice was in Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park in BC. I’d seen photos of the lake and it looked beautiful! On a par with Johnson Lake BC, Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park is home to two Lakes: Kentucky Lake and Alleyne Lake and both are beautiful.
I’d highly recommend stopping off here on your way to Eastern BC, or spending the entire weekend at this beautiful BC Provincial Park.
About Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park
Situated in the countryside outside of Merritt, Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park is made up of four lakes or ponds. There’s Kentucky Lake, Alleyne lake and then the West and East ponds. There’s a hiking trail that connects the lakes together so you can explore too.
How to get to Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park
A visit to Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park is perfect for people travelling along the Coquihalla past Merritt since it’s just a short detour from the highway.
These lakes are 38 km south of Merritt and 11 km east of the Coquihalla Highway along the paved 97C highway.
Kentucky Lake Camping
In all, there are 58 vehicle/tent campsites, divided between Kentucky Lake, the West Pond, and Alleyne Lake. Camping costs $18 per night. There are pit toilets but no shower or flushing toilets which is fairly typical of BC campgrounds.
The campground is open from April to October and spots can be reserved online via Camping.bcparks.ca
You can see a map of the campgrounds at Kentucky Alleyne here.
We ended up camping at Kentucky Lake and had a beautiful morning paddleboard with the lake to ourselves before continuing on our road trip to Arrow Lake.
What to know about Kentucky Alleyne Camping
Before you go, here are some things to know about Kentucky Alleyne Provincial Park, BC
- Drinking water is available throughout the campground.
- Campfires are allowed in the fire pits (provided there isn’t a seasonal fire ban). Wood can be purchased from the park manager.
- Boats are allowed on the lake with a horsepower restriction.
- Pets are allowed but must be kept on leash