Texas Creek Campground, located in Gladstone Provincial Park, is surrounded by the breathtaking Monashee Mountains and sits on the shores of Christina Lake, a very popular summer destination.
Texas Creek is Gladstone Provincial Park’s main vehicle-accessible campground. It’s great for families, couples, and outdoor adventure lovers. There are 62 vehicle-accessible campsites that can accommodate tents, car-campers, vans, and even large RVs. However, there are no group sites or day-use picnic areas.
If you want to explore Gladstone Provincial Park, Texas Creek Campground is a great place to set up camp. Thanks to its stunning locations, there’s a lot to experience here, including camping, water activities, and a plethora of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails — and you’re going to learn about it all!CHRISTINA LAKE WEATHER
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Where is Texas Creek Campground?
Texas Creek Campground is located in Gladstone Provincial Park, BC — 5 km from Highway 3 and just north of the town of Christina Lake. The campground sits on the shores of Christina Lake, a popular lake that’s known for being one of Canada’s warmest and clearest lakes.
Texas Creek Campground is 33 km (30 mins) from Grand Forks, 74 km (1 hr) from Castlegar, and 83 km (1 hr, 15 mins) from Trail. It’s smack dab in the middle of the Monashee Mountains and straddles the line between the Okanagan Valley and the Kootenays.
Even though the campground is a few hours from the Okanagan, it’s still a very popular destination. Don’t be fooled by its distance from big cities — people flock to this area in the summer!
The campground is accessed via Highway 3 (officially called the Crowsnest Highway). This highway is a core roadway in southern BC and runs from Hope all the way to the Crownest Pass at the Alberta border. It’s mainly a two-lane highway and is well-maintained, making it easy to bring a large RV or trailer.
Due to extreme flooding in November 2021, Highway 3 may have travel restrictions. Please check Drive BC for up-to-date information.
Camping at Texas Creek Campground
Texas Creek Campground is Gladstone Provincial Park’s most accessible front-country campground. With 62 (including seven double) well-maintained, accessible campsites and easy access to the beautiful Christina Lake, Texas Creek Campground is a great place to go camping in the Monashee Mountains.
Camping at Texas Creek Campground is available from late April to late September (check exact dates). There are 62 single sites that range in size and privacy.
How to Get a Campsite at Texas Creek
If you’re wondering how to get a campsite at Texas Creek, you’re in the right place! The campground is extremely popular in the summer and on long weekends, so it’s important to plan ahead.
There are a few different ways you can grab a campsite during the camping season: reservations or first-come-first-served.
Other Accommodation Options
If you’re unable to get a campsite at Texas Creek, there are plenty of other campgrounds, motels, and private rentals you can try in and around Christina Lake. Here are some options:
Vehicle-Accessible, Front-Country Camping
Texas Creek Campground itself is exclusively front-country camping. Campsites at Texas Creek are very well-maintained with large gravel pads, fire rings, and tables. However, there are no hookups or pull-through sites.
Most of the sites are quite large and can accommodate extra vehicles or large RVs/trailers, but please double-check the site size before reserving. Site-specific information will be available on BC Parks when reservations open.
Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, cedar, larch, and thick underbrush provide privacy and shade to many of the sites. However, the level of privacy and shade varies greatly from site to site. Sites 1 to 15 don’t have a lot of privacy, whereas sites along the back and interior of the campground have plenty. Before reserving a site, read the site descriptions on BCParks.ca so you know what to expect.
Texas Creek Campground only accepts cash.
|Campsites||$27 per party/night|
|Marine + Backcountry Sites||$13 per party/night|
|Seniors*||$13.50 per party/night|
*Applies from the day after Labour Day to June 14
|Firewood||$8/bundle or $15/two bundles|
*While I do my best to provide up-to-date fees, there may be a discrepancy between what’s posted here and the actual cost.
Camp Host Information
The Texas Creek camp host is near the park entrance, directly across from site #3 and next to the shower building. The camp hosts are very friendly and sell firewood and ice — they’ll even deliver it directly to your campsite!
Facilities at Texas Creek Campground
Texas Creek Campground, which is part of Gladstone Provincial Park, has plenty of facilities that will make your visit more comfortable. From numerous front-country campsites to hot showers, drinking water, and flush toilets, you’ll find plenty of creature comforts at Texas Creek.
Things to Do at Texas Creek
With its close proximity to Christina Lake and the Monashee Mountains, there’s a lot of outdoor adventures to enjoy while staying at the Texas Creek Campground.
Hangin’ at the Beach
The beach at Texas Creek runs the entire length of the campground. However, it’s not one continuous expanse of sandy, soft sand like you may expect.
The beach is broken up into small, secluded pockets that are surrounded by brush and trees. There’s some sand, but it’s very limited. The beach is rocky with barely any space between the water’s edge and the hill behind it. The Texas Creek beach isn’t one for sun-bathing. If you want to enjoy a more traditional beach, head to the Christina Lake Provincial Park day-use area or take a boat and explore the lake’s shoreline.
Even though the Texas Creek beach is unlike most beaches, it’s still a great place to bring a chair and good book, enjoy beautiful views of the lake, and even go swimming. In the summer, these small pockets of the beach can fill up pretty quickly.
To access the beach, you’ll have to hike down a wide dirt trail that starts near site #1. There are also numerous other trails that connect the campground with the beach, but these trails are much steeper and narrower. There are two pit-toilets near the beach.
Additional beaches are scattered along the 48 km of shoreline on Christina Lake. However, many of these beaches are only accessible by boat or hiking.
Hiking + Biking
There are over 48 km of trails in Gladstone Provincial Park. Although many of these trails don’t begin from the campground, there are some trails in or nearby Texas Creek Campground that you can easily check out.
The following trails are multi-use, so please remember to practice proper trail etiquette when sharing the trail with other hikers and bikers.
Swimming at Texas Creek
Christina Lake is one of Canada’s warmest lakes which makes it a great place to take a dip. Even though there’s no dedicated day-use area and the beaches are quite small, you can go swimming at Texas Creek.
However, it can be difficult to find space at these secluded beaches, especially in the summer when they fill up fast, so you can head over to Christina Lake Provincial Park (10 km away) or explore the 45 km of shoreline if you want more room to swim.
Swimmer’s itch (an irritating, itchy rash) is pretty common at Texas Creek. Fortunately, calamine lotion is a simple, effective treatment.
Tip: There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk.
Sports + Adventures at Texas Creek
When you stay at Texas Creek Campground, adventures sits at your fingertips! Whether you’re into zipping around or laid-back relaxations, there’s something for every adventure style. Although most of these adventures aren’t within the campground itself, you’re not far from any of it.
Christina Lake, at 18 km long and 1.5 km wide, is home to 48 km of shorelines to explore, fun hiking and biking trails, as well as secluded beaches and campgrounds sprinkled around Gladstone Provincial park.
From SUP and canoeing to horseback riding and mountain biking, there are plenty of sports to keep you busy! Plus, Christina Lake is a haven for waterskiing, wakeboarding, tubing, jet skiing, and other water sports.
Kayak, SUP + Canoe on Christina Lake
Christina Lake has plenty of shorelines that are awesome to explore by kayak, paddleboard, or canoe. There are a myriad of secluded beaches, as well as wilderness camping sites that are only accessible by water — in fact, many people enjoy paddle camping here. Paddle along the shores and see what you can discover!
You can begin your paddling adventure by hiking down to the Texas Creek beach or using the Texas Creek boat launch.
Keep in mind that the lake is extremely popular with motorized boats, especially in the summer. While this doesn’t mean you can’t cross the lake in your kayak, SUP, or canoe, it does mean you need to be extra careful. And if you visit in the summer, don’t expect to paddle on a peaceful, serene lake. It’s a busy place.
Boating + Water Sports
Boating, pontooning, and water sports like waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sea-dooing, and tubing are super popular on Christina Lake. And for good reason! When it’s blistering hot outside, nothing beats hanging out on (or in) the water. The lake has over 25 km² of water surface, so there’s plenty of water for everyone to enjoy.
Christina Lake’s warm water also means you can enjoy boating and water sports for most of the year, from spring into the early fall. There are plenty of boat and water sport rentals in Christina Lake and nearby Grand Forks, so it’s easy to take advantage of the beautiful water.
PS: While you’re enjoying motoring around the lake, please be mindful of the people on kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes and give them a wide berth. There’s enough space for everyone!
Sinixt First Nations Petroglyphs
One of Christina Lake’s best-kept secrets is its petroglyphs, hidden in plain sight along the shoreline. To see these historic petroglyphs painted by the Sinixt First Nations, you’ll either have to swim, boat, or paddle to the bottom of Texas Point and gaze up at the cliff.
Unfortunately, there’s not too much information online about these petroglyphs, but Murissa from the Wanderfull Traveler has created a great video showcasing the spectacular art.
With tall cliffs lining the lake, it’s no wonder cliff jumping is a popular activity at Christina Lake. The most well-known cliff jump is at Texas Point, a roughly 86 foot drop. However, many people have been seriously injured or died by jumping here.
Although cliff jumping is popular at Christina Lake, it’s not recommended and is extremely dangerous; there are hidden obstacles beneath the water and you can easily injure yourself by jumping incorrectly. You’ll see plenty of signs warning against it.
Saddle up and hit the trails! Christina Lake and Gladstone Provincial Park have many beautiful trails you can explore by horseback. Plus, there’s a trail for every experience level thanks to the diverse landscape. Climb to a spectacular viewpoint, wander through a gentle forested trail, or cross a river!
You can either bring your own horse or take a guided tour with Owl Mountain Ranch.
You can enjoy all kinds of fishing when you camp at Texas Creek! From fly fishing, casting, trolling, and even ice fishing, Christina Lake has it all.
- From March to April, you’re most likely to catch rainbow trout using a plug or bucktail fly. The trout range from 5 to 15 lbs.
- In May and June, kokanee fishing is at its best. The salmon bite on flies, spinners, and live bait and often weigh in at 1.5 lbs.
- From May to September, you can catch bass that weigh up to 10 lbs.
You may also catch mountain whitefish, carp, northern pikeminnow, slimy sculpin, and prickly sculpin in Christina Lake.
If you don’t have your own gear, you can rent fishing tackle and/or buy live bait at the Christina Lake Marina, Lakeside General Store, Christina Lake Esso, and the Sand Dollar Store. Before you head out, make sure you have the correct fishing license. You can buy a license at the Christina Lake Esso or online here.
There are two golf courses within a short drive of Texas Creek Campground. Play to your heart’s content, grab a nice meal, then head back to your campsite for a relaxing campfire.
- Christina Lake Golf Club offers affordable golf to both members and guests. This is a scenic 18-hole golf course set among beautiful pines.
- Cascade Par 3 also has affordable rates, as well as disc golf and nite golf.
Wildlife + Plants at Texas Creek
As you explore Texas Creek, it’s obvious that nature plays an important role here. So much so, it’ll come as little surprise that Christina Lake and the Kootenay Boundary area are home to many different types of wildlife and plants.
It’s pretty likely you’ll spot some sort of wildlife while staying here — even if it’s just a curious marmot or squirrel!
Marmots, squirrels, and chipmunks are common sights at Texas Creek. They’re curious animals and will often spy on your campsite or activities! Make sure your food is secured because these speedy creatures love to snack on things they aren’t supposed to. Rabbits are also common at Christina Lake.
Birdwatching is very popular at Texas Creek and Christina Lake — over 120 species call the area home throughout the year! Ducks, herons, and loons can be spotted along the shoreline and eagles, herons, and hawks are often soaring in the skies above. Wild turkey, grouse, and quail wander freely. You can also see woodpeckers, flickers, blue jays, magpies, whiskey jacks, and other song birds flittering about the forest.
In addition to the many cute, small animals, Gladstone Provincial Park and area is home to plenty of large animals.
In Gilpin Grasslands Provincial Park (20 mins from Texas Creek), mountain sheep, mule deer, and whitetail deer are a common sight. In fact, whitetail deer are often seen in the developed areas of Christina Lake. If you head higher into the mountains, you can find elk and moose. Bears and cougars also frequent the area.
As long as you adhere to wildlife safety, you can live in harmony with these large animals.
Christina Lake is a rural community that’s surrounded by natural habitats. As you explore these areas, keep WildSafeBC’s motto in mind “keeping wildlife wild – and communities safe”. What do they mean by this? It’s simple: by preventing human-wildlife conflict, both parties can live in harmony.
As a visitor, you can play a small but important role in this goal. No matter what animal you encounter, make sure you follow these basic rules to have a wonderful experience:
- Keep a safe distance
- Don’t feed or touch the animals
- Follow the park’s wildlife rules
- Don’t scare, chase, or otherwise disturb the wildlife
- Secure your food, toiletries, and smelly items at night and while not in your campsite
To keep yourself and the wildlife safe, I highly recommend RecSafe with Wildlife’s bear safety online course. Kim’s doing amazing work educating people about bear and wildlife safety!
Cedar, hemlock, Douglas fir, and Ponderosa pine can all be found within Texas Creek. These trees provide plenty of privacy between campsites, as well as along the shoreline and hiking trails.
Poison ivy, which is a small plant with three bright green, glossy leaves and white berries, hides in the underbrush. When you’re exploring, wear shoes and pants (especially if you’re in the underbrush). If the poison ivy does get you, calamine lotion helps treat it.
With so many things to do in and around Texas Creek, an exhaustive list of gear recommendations would be pretty overwhelming. Here are my top picks of gear to bring when you visit the area: