While researching free campgrounds and sites in the Okanagan area, we came accross Kelly River Recreation site. It is nearest to Okanagan Falls but would make for a great day of backcountry exploring if one decided to take a drive from Kelowna down highway 33 and head towards Conkle Lake. But if you were heading in from the South you may come across Venner Meadows, Mount Underdown or even Mount Baldy. What a great place to have a picnic after a long drive in the country.
Kelly river Forest Recreation Site — maintained to standard
fees — none
Airports close to Kelly river:
Penticton(YYF), Penticton, Canada (51.7km)
Kelowna(YLW), Kelowna, Canada (88.9km)
Kelly river — Very fishable and quite scenic in nature.
Latitude. 49.28307°,Longitude -119.03564°
Fishes here are usually not particular about the fly you have selected. Mountain whitefish, rainbows, and the occasional bull trout is caught.
There are no hookups, and any camping here is on crown land so it is pack it in, pack it out. Some fishermen and hikers also camp along the stream at unimproved sites, while others make it up and back out in a one day trip.
The stream at and near the site hosts quite a few fishermen, especially on weekends. The less-frequented waters beginning a short ways upstream from the campground requires some hiking, but it is worth it.
The hiking trail up Kelly is not difficult. You will want to keep stopping to fish along the way because the stream is so inviting.