Rendezvous 2018

Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club - Your Rendezvous 2018 Host Club

Rock Creek is 50km east of Osoyoos, in the Kettle River Valley.
Our venue is the Rock Creek Fairgrounds, where the buildings are surrounded by lush green grass, and there is plenty of dry camping room on site. There will be electrical hook-ups for about 30 RV's, not 30amp outlets, but enough power to keep your house batteries topped up. Coin-operated showers.

Dogs are strictly prohibited on the Fairgrounds, however there is dry camping across the road where dogs are allowed.

Our goal with this blog site is to give you as much advance information as possible on this beautiful area, services, attractions, and rich history.

When we aren't out rock hounding, we'll be adding information to this site from now until May 2018.

The May long weekend is the start of the busy tourist season in the area, so if you want a motel room, or full hook-up campground, you should book as soon as possible.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

A little relief...........

The Kettle river is still above the level it was May 14th when Rendezvous was cancelled, however there is a little bit of relief today. The river is trending downward, mother nature eased up on temperature, and rain. Had the forecast surge for Friday or Saturday materialized, the severity of destruction would have increased exponentially.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cancellation Notes from Monday

The situation in Rock Creek is getting worse.
  • The high water spike last week exceeded the flood of 1948.
  • The current hot weather is accelerating the melting of the record snow pack, and the Kettle River is now forecast to spike even higher than last week.
  • The venue is still dry, but the area is now on Evacuation Alert, as one of the bridges accessing the venue is closed, and the other one is threatened. Students from the nearby school were sent home early the other day because of a log jam at the second bridge.
  • We have good field trip sites, however the Rock Candy mine road is washed out, and may be a month or longer before it is rebuilt.
  • The Kettle RV Park was inundated a few days ago, and water crossed the highway to the golf course. The next surge of the river could result in closing Hwy 3 east of Rock Creek, and the Highway through Grand Forks could also be problematic as Grand Forks prepares for more devastation.
  • We heard this morning that the Kettle River Provincial Park was partially closed, and may now have an evacuation order.
  • The Similkameen River is forecast to peak again by Friday, which could also compromise highway 3.
  • Osoyoos has high water, and the outlet across the border can be blocked by a raging Similkameen
We were hopeful Friday when the river levels were dropping, but with the current situation, and forecast of worse to come, we had to call it off.

If you sent a cheque for Rock Candy and it was cashed, you will receive a refund from the Penticton Club.

If you sent a cheque payable to BCLS, it has not been cashed, and if you sent a cheque to the Penticton Club that hasn’t been cashed – we will shred your cheque, unless you advise us otherwise.

Rock Creek was sunny this morning, and the venue looked great. We picked up some great samples on Saturday from our field trip sites. Cancelling is disappointing, but under the circumstances, we had no choice.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Rendezvous Cancelled - from BCLS

CANCELLED - Rendezvous 2018

Dear members,

Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel Rendezvous at Rock Creek this year due to the serious flooding the region has been experiencing. Jerome Albo and the Penticton Club visited Rock Creek this past weekend to assess the situation. While the river had dropped considerably since Thursday, a bridge was out restricting access, and two of the main RV campgrounds were out of service. A second surge of water is expected to pass through the area again this week.

We appreciate the efforts invested by the Penticton Club and our Society volunteers to organize the event, and all those who had made arrangements to join us. It is a disappointment to say the least, but the safety of our members is paramount.

Information with respect to a new time and place for our Society AGM will be made available in the coming weeks.


Christine Laurin
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Hello from Rock Creek

Thanks for you inquiries - the Penticton Club is in Rock Creek this weekend, and we don't have internet or cell service where we are camping.

The Kettle River has dropped considerably since Thursday.

The Fairgrounds have remained dry and not harmed during the peak Thursday.

The grocery store in Midway cooking the beef for Sunday is also dry and out of harms way.

We visited several field trip locations today, and there is no problem with access.

The concern now is that forecasters are predicting a second rise in the river that may exceed the last one.

We will be meeting at the venue on Monday morning, and will update you after that.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Well it is official.............

Snow pack readings for May 1st are 206% of normal in the Okanagan, and 238% of normal in the Boundary region. The Rendezvous committee will be out again this weekend to see how the snow and melting snow may be affecting our field trip sites. ( We do have alternate sites for backup)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Other Attractions Page

Click the Other Attractions page to see the latest updates - just added - links to two self guided tours, Phoenix Interpretive Forest driving tour, and the walking tour of downtown Greenwood history.

The Greenwood Museum and Visitor Information Centre has printed copies of these guides.

Rail Trails - Bikes

If you are planning to stay in the area for a few days, bring your bike - some great rides on the former rail beds.