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Kickininee Provincial Park
About This Park
Three tiny picnic areas, Kickininee, Soorimpt and Pyramid, are tucked between Highway 97 and Okanagan Lake just north of Penticton. They provide a great spot for a picnic, swimming or just relaxing and taking a break from highway driving.
The boat launch at Soorimpt provides easy access to the boating and fishing opportunities that await on Okanagan Lake.
Established Date: August 3, 1970
Park Size: 49 hectares
Know Before You Go
- There are no developed trails in the park.
- There is no viewing platform, but there are excellent views of Okanagan Lake.
Location and Maps
Located 8 to 10 km north of Penticton off Hwy 97. Kickininee is the southernmost, followed by Soorimpt and then Pyramid, which is closer to Summerland. Access to these little parks is off busy Highway 97.
Kickininee can only be entered by northbound traffic, there is no left turn lane for southbound traffic. Visitors must drive through the park and exit to the north.
Soorimpt can be accessed by either northbound or southbound traffic because of the turning lanes incorporated into the highway. Traffic can turn around in the boat launch area or proceed through the picnic area to a large paved turn around and go back through the parking area to the park entrance.
Pyramid can also be accessed by both north and southbound traffic. Once in the park, traffic direction is one-way through the parking area and around a loop back to the park entrance.
Nature and Culture
- History: The park was established August 3, 1970.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Park Open/Closing Dates: Open year-round
Full Services in effect: April 17 – October 15
These three sites have similar picnic areas:
- Kickininee has two tiers. From the paved 44 spot parking area, there are four picnic tables situated on open lawn shaded by deciduous trees. A wide gravel path leads down to the next level consisting of a flat bench of land overlooking the lake with nine picnic tables. Another shorter, steeper path leads down to the rocky beach. All of the tables have an excellent view of the lake. Ponderosa pine, sagebrush and bunchgrass are found in the undeveloped areas. The parking area is slightly above the highway and buffered by a line of trees. Buoys mark a swimming area.
- Soorimpt is more level and is also divided into a boat launch area and a picnic area. The boat launch has a paved L-shaped turn around area and a double wide concrete ramp with a gentle slope. Concrete docks are on both sides of the ramp which sits in between two small rocky points. There is parking for vehicles towing trailers and lots of room to manoeuvre. Three picnic tables on open lawn overlook the lake and the boat launch. There are no shade trees and the area is right beside the highway. Beside the boat launch is a picnic area with five more tables also on lawn but shaded more by both Ponderosa pine and deciduous trees. There are hummocks of grass covered clay between this area and the highway. There are two small pockets of sandy beach along the otherwise rocky shoreline.
- Pyramid is named after the large pyramid of clay separating the picnic area from the highway. There is parking for 41 vehicles. 13 tables, some with BBQ attachments, are spread out on irrigated lawn amongst shade trees. The lawn slopes gently to the rocky beach. There is a large sandy beach to the north of the picnic area. There are large cottonwoods at this site.