The park is a protected park, situated alongside other parks in the region, in a combined effort to preserve the wilderness green space and wildlife in the region.
To the east of the Skagit Valley Provincial Park is Manning Park and to the north is the Cascade Recreation Area. To the south, over the USA border, the park butts up against the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and the North Cascades National Park.
The Skagit Valley Provincial Park centres around 3 natural features - the Skagit River, Ross Lake and the Silvertip Mountain Icefields.
The Skagit River runs down the middle of the park and is the central lifeline of the park. In the northwest section of the park are the Silvertip Mountain Icefields - hard to access, nice to look at from the air. And in the southeast corner of the park is Ross Lake.
However... the park is allot more than these 3 natural features. The park is vast and many parts of the park are remote with many creeks, valleys, meadows and mountains. Some are accessible and most are not.
Some of the mountains in the park include Wright Mountain (2067 m), Finlayson Peak (2068 m), Whiteworth Peak (2294 m), Marmot Mountain and Silvertip Mountain. Some of the other creeks, lakes and waterways in the park include the Galene Lakes, McNaught Creek, St. Alice Creek, Klesilkwa River and Shawatum Creek.
The wilderness terrain, remote location and ease of access via backcountry roads and recreation trails easily makes the Skagit Valley Park a popular destination for outdoor adventures.
During the summer some of the more popular wilderness activities enjoyed in the Skagit Valley Provincial Park include backpacking, hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, sightseeing, birdwatching and picnicking.
The facilities and outbuildings in the Skagit Park include drive in campgrounds, wilderness campsites, day use picnic areas, pit toilets, playground and a boat launch.
There are 3 main campgrounds in the park. The campgrounds include the Silvertip, Ross lake and a staging area for horseback riders with a campground near Whiteworth Meadows.
There is one developed day use picnic area and it is located near the sandy beach and campground on Ross Lake in the south end of the park. The day use area includes picnic tables, pit toilets and a cement boat launch for canoeing, fishing and kayaking.
Many arrive in the park for the opportunity to explore the many recreation trails leading into the remote mountains and valleys. There are easy - going trails, as well as, challenging multi day adventures. Some trails explore into the neighboring parks.
The more popular recreation trails in the Skagit Valley Provincial Park include the Chittenden Meadow Self-Guided Interpretive Trail (2.0 km return); Skagit River Trail (14.5 km one-way); Skyline 2 Trail (16.8 km one-way); Centennial Trail (14 km); Nepopekum Creek Trail (2 km one-way) and the Silverdaisy Trail (10 km one-way).
The Skagit Valley Provincial Park is a very horseback friendly park. Many base their horseback riding adventures from the staging area and campground near Whiteworth Meadows. From the staging area horseback riders can access a network of 50 kilometres of trails including the Nepopekum, Skagit River, Centennial and the Skyline 2 Trails.
Throughout the park are many species of wildlife. It is important to watch for wildlife and keep your distance. never, ever feed the wildlife as you are asking for trouble. Some of the wildlife sightings in the park include deer, bear, elk, moose, cougar, coyote, wolf, beaver, chipmunk, great blue heron, kingfisher, eagle and owl.