Chute Lake Road is crazy popular with motorized recreation vehicles. After finnally checking out the hiking areas and the Kelowna Crags in Cedar Mountain Regional Park, I decided to explore what I thought was Chute Lake Road route to the KVR. I must report that I still didn’t make it with 2 wheel drive.
I share the following information because many people visit tracksandtrails.ca to find out how to connect to the KVR from Chute Lake Rd. in Kelowna.
Chute Lake Rd location clarification.
- The road that goes from Naramata, past Okanagan Mountain Park and then connects to the KVR near the actual Chute Lake is called Chute Lake Road.
- Chute Lake Road in Kelowna begins at Lakeshore, Steele and Chute Lake intersectin..
- Chute Lake Rd. continues as a dirt road after you make a turn in the Kettle Valley Development.
Chute Lake Rd. is clearly marked at Kettle Valley. The confusion that comes in for me is that I always thought, strangely enough that this Chute Lake Road would take you to Chute Lake and the KVR.
According to several maps, the Chute Lake Rd. that continues from Kettle Valley Development ends near Cedar Mountain Park and the road that seems to be the natural continuation of Chute Lake Road is actually called Bertram Road. (see Backroads Mapbook)
So having that clarified. The route from Chute Lake Rad to the KVR (whatever you may call it) is still not passable via a 2 wheel drive. The drive up into the hills along this route is very interesting if you like lots of incredible views of the Okanagan Valley and Lake Country. For more detail and map of this area check out this Chute Lake Rd. Google Map that I made of that shows the area and where I had to turn back before hooking up to a road that took me to Gillard FSR.
As for the hiking opportunities in this area, I would suggest you take a dirt bike, atv, 4X4 etc instead of hiking. Once you are up there, you soon discover that this area is owned by motorized vehicles…and hey, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.
Give-er four wheelers, this hiker will stay outta your way – specially otta the red necks way – you know – the ones who had several boxes of rifle shells and were shooting into the air toward the lake. Not sure what they were doing. Makes one wonder how far a bullet flies before it drops …will it make it to the lake from there?