Stemwinder is a quaint, 3.6 hectare sized park near Hedley. You can find this pine-dotted camping area beside the Similkameen River, just off Highway 3. Anglers like to try their luck from the rocky shoreline.
All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first come, first served.
This park offers 28 vehicle-accessible campsites, including one pull-through site. Campsite reservations are accepted. The small sites are located on two levels overlooking the Similkameen river, amidst Douglas fir and ponderosa pine trees. The sites on the upper level are more open and those closer to the river are more shaded.
First come, first served customers can be accommodated for one or more nights, depending on availability. Campers can register themselves if staff are not present. To do so, deposit the fee in the registration vault beside the information shelter at the entrance to the park.
There is no phone in the park. Hedley has the closest store and Princeton has the nearest hospital, fire, ambulance and police services.
Vehicle-accessible camping fee
$18 per party per night
BC seniors’ rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)
$9 per senior party per night
For information on the BC seniors’ rate, see the camping fees page.
There is one hand pump for water located near the information shelter.
Campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite. We encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented.
To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Early native habitation is evident by rock artifacts and the pit house depression.
Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.