No winter RV camping at Williamson’s Lake: city staff say costs outweigh the benefits

Infrastructure upgrades, campground layout, need for more staff time for campground winterization among reasons Revelstoke city staff say they are not supportive of Revelstoke Visitor Centre request.

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It’s a no from city staff when it comes to offering year-round camping at Williamson’s Lake.

A report to city council states the costs necessary to upgrade existing services to accommodate winter RV camping make the proposal cost prohibitive for the city to take on. The City of Revelstoke is the registered owner of Williamson’s Lake Park and Campground, with operation and management contracted out to a caretaker.

File photo: The new playground at Williamson’s Lake, with campers in the background. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

“It is staff’s opinion that the size restriction and existing layout of the campground area at Williamson Lake Park, as well as the costs required to upgrade the existing services to accommodate winter RV camping make this proposal cost prohibitive for the City to take on,” Laurie Donato, director of parks, recreation and culture said in the report.

The Revelstoke Visitor Information centre wrote a letter to council in February 2018 requesting the city explore options for year-round camping at Williamson’s Lake. Revelstoke city council referred the letter to staff.

Currently, the campground is open mid-April to mid-October. There are 41 camping sites available: 18 RV sites with full hook ups (water, power, and septic), seven power only sites, and 16 tent sites. Donato said existing services are shallow and would require winterization each season, and that such work would be performed by city staff. Snow removal service is limited to Williamson Lake Road.

Council will discuss the report at special council meeting on Tuesday, April 17.

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Melissa Jameson
Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at melissa@revelstokemountaineer.com