Bear Creek, Kelowna

Fall 2013 Overview:

The Bear Creek Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Site is the largest Managed OHV Area in British Columbia. The Okanagan Trail Riders Association are the Stewards/Site Operators of the area, in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC.

There are now about 250 Km of developed OHV trails in the Bear Creek OHV Trail System, with more being added every year. These developed trails include both single track (for motorcycles only) and double track (for motorcycles and ATV's/Side-by-Sides 50" wide or less). There is everything from smooth flowing green rated trails to gnarly double black rated tests of the rider’s skills. All trails are clearly signed, with maps available at the kiosks located at both the Aspen and Upper Pits Trailheads.

The main staging area, the Aspen Trailhead and Campground, is located on Old Terrace Main Road, which is approximately 7 Km up Bear Main Forest Service Road from the intersection with Westside Road (on the west side of Okanagan Lake). For driving directions click here.

The Aspen Trailhead has ample parking in a surfaced, mud-free lot. Day use areas with picnic tables and fire pits are available for those between ride breaks. Also at Aspen is the Training Area, a small closed track enjoyed by beginning riders and youngsters. Environmentally friendly pit toilets are located near the parking lot, and in the campground.

The campground contains 20 developed sites, most with picnic tables and fire rings. Group sites are available. Some sites are pull-through. The larger sites can accommodate the largest of motorhomes, trailers, or 5th wheels. For information on camping and a printable Aspen Trailhead and Campground map, click here.

A second Trailhead, the Upper Pits, is located on a haul road which is approximately 3 Km further up Bear Main FSR. Camping is allowed here, but there are no defined campsites, no picnic tables, and no regulation sized fire rings. There is, however, an environmentally friendly pit toilet.

OTRA has deactivated or closed a few of the unsustainable trails in the area, by ripping, seeding, and blocking with debris. It is a requirement of RSTBC's rec site that all riders stay on existing trails, and keep off open grasslands, unless an existing trail is present. It is paramount that we comply with these simple rules to preserve the largest OHV riding area in BC. Do your part and show that we care about our trails, the environment, and other users. We have some of the finest riding in the world. Let’s keep it.

NOTE: Spark Arrestors and 96DB exhaust level are required by law, and enforced.

For more information go to the Okanagan Trail Riders website. For current conditions, updates, maps, etc., visit their Bear Creek page(s).