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Texas Creek Campground in Gladstone Provincial Park

Everything you need to know about Texas Creek Campground in BC.

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!

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Rocky shoreline of Christina Lake. Long blue lake with forests on the far side.
View of Christina Lake from the north end of the Texas Creek beach.

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.

Directions from Grand Forks

To reach Texas Creek Campground from Grand Forks, take Highway 3 East to the town of Christina Lake (~22 km, 18 mins). Drive through Christina Lake and continue for 12 km (~15 mins) until you reach the turn-off for East Lake Drive. Follow East Lake Drive for 5 km until it ends at Texas Creek Campground.

There’s a small, wooden provincial parks sign at the entrance to the park. The road from the highway to the campground is narrow and windy which can be difficult for really large rigs; it is paved, however. Once you reach the campground, the road turns to gravel and widens. 

The entrance gate is locked nightly from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am.

Driving Tips

As you approach East Lake Drive, be prepared for a confusing turn-off. Instead of a lefthand turn, there’s a right exit that turns to face East Lake Drive head-on where you’ll come to a full stop. You need to cross the highway (check it out on Google Maps beforehand if you’re confused). Oncoming traffic also needs to use this turn-off, so please watch for other vehicles.

If you miss the turn-off, continue for 2 km until you reach McRae Road. McRae Road connects to East Lake Drive, so you can either turn around here or continue down the road which is narrow and paved.

Directions from Trail + Castlegar

Directions from Trail

To reach Texas Creek Campground from Trail, take Highway 22 West for 10 km (12 mins) until you reach Rossland. Turn right onto Highway 3B and head north for 30 km (20 mins). When Highway 3B ends, turn left onto Highway 3 West. Stay on Highway 3 for 42.5 km (32 mins) until you reach the turn-off for East Lake Drive.

Directions from Castlegar

To reach Texas Creek Campground from Castlegar, take Highway 3 West for 72 km (55 mins) until you reach the turn-off for East Lake Drive.

Follow East Lake Drive for 5 km until it ends at Texas Creek Campground. There’s a small, wooden provincial parks sign at the entrance to the park.

The road from the highway to the campground is narrow and windy which can be difficult for really large rigs; it is paved, however. Once you reach the campground, the road turns to gravel and widens. 

The entrance gate is locked nightly from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. 

Driving Tips

As you approach East Lake Drive, be prepared for a confusing and potentially dangerous turn-off. East Lake Drive is on your right, but you cannot turn right. Instead, use the lefthand turn, cross the road, and do a quick 180° turn so that you’re facing East Lake Drive straight on (check it out on Google Maps beforehand if you’re confused).

This turn-off can be dangerous because there’s very little room to maneuver, especially if you have a large RV or trailer.

If this turn-off won’t work, you have two other options: 2km before the turn off, take McRae Road which connects with East Lake Drive or continue to Christina Lake where you can easily turn around and approach from the other direction. 

Wooden sign at the entrance to the campground. Says 'Texas Creek Campground BC Parks'
Sign at the campground gate.

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 during 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.

Campsite Reservations

Even though Gladstone Provincial Park is a few hours from any major city, Christina Lake is a very popular destination and Texas Creek books up quickly. Reservations are the best way to secure a camping spot. 

100% of the 62 campsites at Texas Creek are reservable. Campsite reservations for Texas Creek are open from late April to late September (check exact dates). You can begin booking two months in advance starting in late February. 

Reservations are made through Discover Camping. It’s important to note that Texas Creek is referred to as Gladstone Park through Discover Camping’s reservation system.

First-Come, First-Served Campsites

Even though all of the campsites at Texas Creek are reservable, you can still try your luck with first-come-first-served camping. It’s a risky move and pretty unlikely to work, but it never hurts to try!

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 Christina Lake. Here are some options:

A grey SUV in a campsite at Texas Creek. Surrounded by trees with the sky visible through the forest.
Campsite #7 at Texas Creek Campground. Has a slight lake view (if you look hard through the trees) but isn’t very private.

Other Camping Details

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 is available on Discover Camping.

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 Discover Camping so you know what to expect.

Tip: Do you want to try RV or vanlife while camping at Texas Creek? Try Outdoorsy — it’s like Airbnb for RVs and trailers. Save $50 by using this link!

Woman lays in the back of an SUV on top of a bed platform in a campsite at Texas Creek.
Our car camping platform 1.0 for a 2010 Ford Escape

Backcountry + Marine Camping

Even though Texas Creek doesn’t offer backcountry or wilderness camping, there are many backcountry and marine campsites available in Gladstone Provincial Park:

  • Axel Johnson is located on the west side of Christina Lake and is only accessible by boat (3 km from the Texas Creek boat launch). It features a long, sandy beach that’s great for swimming and waterskiing, plus two pit toilets and four tables.
  • Parson Creek is located on the west side of Christina Lake and is only accessible by boat (6 km from the Texas Creek boat launch). It features one pit toilet and two tables.
  • Starchuck Creek is the most southwestern camping on Christina Lake and is accessible by boat only. It has a large sandy beach and is popular for swimming and fishing. There are two pit toilets and four tables.
  • Trapper Creek is located on the eastern side of Christina Lake, just north of Texas Creek Campground. It can be accessed by boat or by hiking the Deer Point Trail. It’s a small area that features swimming and fishing. There’s one pit-toilet and two tables.
  • Treadmill Creek is located on the west side of Christina Lake. It’s only accessible by boat (5 km from the Texas Creek boat launch) and is a great place for swimming and fishing. There are two pit toilets and four tables.
  • Troy Creek is located at the farthest northwest corner of Christina Lake. It’s a 10 km boat ride from the Texas Creek boat launch or an 11.3 km hike on the Deer Point/Troy Creek Trail. There are great views of the lake, a beautiful old growth Cedar forest, and an old cabin with two pit-toilets and five tables.
  • Xenia Lake is located at the northwest corner of Christina Lake and is accessible by an very rough FSR or hiking in. It’s a good fishing area and there are two pit toilets and five tables.
  • Ole Johnson is located on the northwestern side of Christina Lake. It’s only accessible by boat and features fishing and two old cabins. There are 10 walk-in sites with fire rings, and picnic tables.
Woman cooks food over a fire pit.

Camping Fees*

Texas Creek Campground only accepts cash.

Campsites$27 per party/night
Online Reservation$18
Marine + Backcountry Sites$13 per party/night
Seniors*$13.50 per party/night
*Applies from the day after Labour Day to June 14
Second Vehicle$12/night
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!

The park is operated by Quality Recreation Ltd. and can be contacted at (250) 584-9025 and [email protected].

Shower and dishwashing facility at Texas Creek Campground.
Shower, washroom, and dishwashing facilities.

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.


Texas Creek Campground has a clean, well-maintained shower building with free heated showers and flush toilets. There are also two large dishwashing stations on the outside of the building. The shower facilities are for campground guests only.


There are nine flush toilets and five pit toilets throughout the campground. These facilities are well maintained and clean.


There are four cold water taps throughout Texas Creek Campground. The water taps are turned off during the off-season (October to April). The water is usually drinkable, but there are sometimes issues that require you to boil it or use a filtration system such as Lifestraw, Steripen, or tablets.

There are no RV fill-ups in the campground, but you can fill up in Christina Lake.

Water tap.
Flush toilet facilities at Texas Creek. Single buildings in the forest with a path leading to it.


Each campsite has a designated campfire ring with a grate that you can use. You can buy firewood for $8 per bundle (or $15/two bundles) from the park host or when park staff comes by in the evening. The hosts will even deliver your wood directly to your campsite! However, BC Parks does encourage visitors to conserve wood and use a camp stove instead to help protect the environment.

Fire bans or limited burning hours may be implemented (particularly during the summer) — if you’re unsure of the rules, check with staff or the BC Wildfire Service website before lighting a campfire.

Also, don’t gather firewood from around the park or your campsite. Besides being ticketable, it helps protect plants and wildlife in the park.

Campfire pizza on a campfire grate.
Cooking the Caprese Campfire Pizza over a campfire.

Texas Creek Boat Launch

The Texas Creek boat launch, located 500 m before the campground on Litchy Road, is extremely popular and provides access to Christina Lake. It’s paved and open year-round, although it can become very icy in the winter.

The wide, paved road slopes down to a double-wide concrete boat launch with two plastic docks. Along the side of the road, there’s a single-lane turn-around. There’s also a payphone and info shelter near the dock.

There are two large parking lots across the road, as well as one pit toilet. Long-term trailer storage isn’t allowed at the Texas Creek boat launch and any trailers left for more than two weeks per calendar year may be removed or fined at the owner’s expense. 

Early morning sunshine over Christina Lake from far above. A large tree is silhouetted in the foreground.
Early morning light filters through the campround.

Sani Station

Unfortunately, there isn’t a sani-station at Texas Creek Campground. However, there are a number of nearby places that you can use (with a fee for non-guests):

Dishwashing Station

There’s a four-sink, stainless steel dishwashing station attached to the shower facility. There’s plenty of room to wash all of your dishes. Remember to bring your camping soap, though, because it’s not provided.

Four stainless steel sinks to wash dishes in.
Dishwashing facility at Texas Creek (attached to the shower building)


Parking is very limited at Texas Creek. There’s a small visitor parking area just outside of the campground gates. All other vehicles must be at a campsite so that the campground roads don’t become cluttered with vehicles. 

Dog Beach

Texas Creek has a dog-friendly beach at the southeastern end of the park. It’s clearly marked and is a great place for your furry friend to enjoy the water. Everywhere else in the park, your dog must be leashed to prevent wildlife or guest issues. They also aren’t allowed in park buildings.

Brown sign that says "Pet Beach" on the shores of Christina Lake.

Day-Use Area

Texas Creek Campground doesn’t have a day-use picnic area. Visitors can technically use the small parking lot just outside the campground and walk down to the lake, but the beaches here are quite small and not well-suited to day use. 

Instead, head over to the day-use area at Christina Lake Provincial Park (10 km away). The day-use area here has a large sandy beach and plenty of picnic benches. It’s a much better place to hang out for the day!

Photo of a map featuring Texas Creek Campground.
Closeup photo of Backroad Mapbooks, featuring Texas Creek Campground and nearby activities.

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.

Tip: 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.

A small, secluded and rocky beach at Texas Creek.
Wooden stairs down to the beach at Texas Creek. View of a lake in the background.
A tiny beach covered in trees roots.

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.

Deer Point Trail

The Deer Point Trail is 22 km long and connects Texas Creek Campground with the northernmost point of Christina Lake. It’s one of Gladstone’s most well-known backpacking and multi-use trails. The Trappers Creek wilderness campground is located halfway along the trail, making it a great stopping point for backpackers or an overnight stay.

Deer Point Trail is an incredibly scenic trail that’s located high in the hills above Christina Lake.  The trail is fairly smooth; however, it’s not regularly maintained so you may encounter trees and/or trail wash-outs. 

Badger Trail

The Badger Trail is a moderate 2 km hiking and biking trail that overlooks Christina Lake, but it’s pretty overgrown. You can access it via the Deer Point Trail in the Texas Creek Campground or on McRae Road. 

The trail is quite varied, including steep rocky hillsides and plenty of scenic views of Christina Lake. If you want to extend your adventure, there are some unnamed side trails including one to Mary’s Lookout

Unnamed Trails

An unnamed trail starts inside the campground, located between sites #19 and #20. It climbs high above the campground and offers beautiful views of the Texas Creek beaches and across Christina Lake. There are numerous warnings about cliff jumping from here, as well as a memorial to a man who lost his life.

Burnt Basin Trails

If you want to venture outside Texas Creek Campground a little, you can check out the Burnt Basic Trails — a 16 km loop trail that’s primarily for mountain bikers. These trails are located high above Christina Lake in the mountains and are quite steep.

Beach Trail

The main trail from the campground to the beach is somewhat steep, but manageable for most people. It starts near site #1 and heads down to water level fairly quickly. It’s a mixture of dirt and wooden stairs.

Wooden stairs in the forest with a sign that says "Pet Beach".

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 an simple, effective treatment.

Tip: There are no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk.

Christina Lake in the early morning. Water like a mirror.

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.

Tip: There are no sport rentals at Texas Creek Campground. You will need to bring your own gear or rent it in Christina Lake.

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.

Cliff Jumping

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.

Horseback Riding

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.
View of lake, a small beach, and cliffs in the background.

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!

Small Animals

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.

Large Animals

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.

Wildlife Safety

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


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.

Gravel road through a campground, surrounded by tall trees.


When is Texas Creek Campground open?

Texas Creek is open for camping from late April to late September (check exact dates). During camping season, the campground gate is locked nightly from 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. During the winter season, the gate is locked but you can access the park by foot.

What’s the difference between Texas Creek and Gladstone Park?

Texas Creek is the main vehicle-accessible campground within Gladstone Provincial Park. However, when reserving a campsite through Discover Camping, Texas Creek is referred to as Gladstone Park.

Is there cell service at Texas Creek?

Yes, there’s cell service at Texas Creek. The campground is only a few kilometers from the summer town of Christina Lake, so you shouldn’t have any issues.

When can I reserve a campsite at Texas Creek?

Campsite reservations open the end of February, for bookings from late April to late September (you can book two months in advance). Exact dates vary year by year, so check here for the most up-to-date reservation dates. All of the campsites are reservable, so don’t wait to book!

Is Texas Creek Campground quiet?

Texas Creek (and Christina Lake in general) is poplar, especially in the summer and can be a very busy place. If you’re looking for privacy, try to reserve the campsites along the back of the campground.

Are there power sites or hookups at Texas Creek?

No, there are no power sites or hookups at Texas Creek Campground. There also isn’t a sani-dump in the campground.

Outhouse near a lake.

Gear Recommendations

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:

Bear Spray

Bears frequent the area, so it’s always a good idea to brush up on your bear safety and bring along bear spray. It’s light and easy to carry. You can even buy a special belt to carry your bear spray in.

Bug Spray

Mosquitoes and other bugs can be a nuisance during the summer. I prefer to use a natural bug spray or bring a camping fan to literally blow away the bugs.

Backroad Mapbooks

Discover nearby outdoor adventures! The Kootenay Rockies and Thompson Okanagan editions are best for the area around Texas Creek and Gladstone.

Lightweight Chairs

Lightweight chairs will make your life a lot easier when looking for the perfect beach or view to relax at. Plus, they’re comfy as hell and are great around camp.

Anti-Itch Soap or Lotion

If you get swimmer’s itch or poison ivy while at Texas Creek, you can try this anti-itch soap or calamine lotion to soothe your irritated skin.

I hope you have a wonderful time camping at Texas Creek — happy exploring!