Rendezvous 2018

Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club - Your Rendezvous 2019 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 June 2019.

If you want a motel room, or full hook-up campground, you should book as soon as possible.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Invitation 2019


    June 7th to 10th 2019     

Host Club: Penticton Geology and Lapidary Club

You are invited to join us in Rock Creek B.C. for Rendezvous 2019 – June 7- 10, 2019. By moving the date, a little later, we should be after any potential flooding, and before the fire season.
General Information: Event Blog
This site has last year’s information on it, and is being updated over the coming weeks.

·         Registration:
o   Full info and registration form will be posted on the BCLS website in early January, at which time we will ask BCLS to send out e-mail notification that the materials are posted.

·         Rock Candy Mine 
o   Last year the Rock Candy Mine was inaccessible due to a washed-out road, a washout on the mine property, followed by a windstorm that brought down about 500 trees on their road.
o   The trees have been harvested, the main road repaired, and there may be additional walking at the site due to the local washout.
o   Mother Nature could spoil our plans again, but we are resilient.
o   When the registration form is posted in January, the first 60 people to register and request the Rock Candy field trip will be put on a list, for the Rock Candy trips.
·         Camping and Accommodation
o   There is lots of onsite camping – there will be details posted. Sites with power will be allocated in the order of registrations received.
o   Last year’s accommodation listings are on the blog site – updates to come soon
·         Venue:
o   Rock Creek Fairgrounds does not allow dogs on the property. Those bringing dogs may dry camp in the fee area across the road.
·         Meals:
o   There will be a potluck supper on Friday night.
o   On Sunday night there will be a reasonably priced beef-dip supper
o   Monday morning there will be coffee and muffins available in the hall

Enjoy your Christmas Holidays, we will get you all the details early in the new year.

Event Chair: Jerome Albo 250-495-7359

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2018 - Unlucky year for the Rock Candy Mine

Spring flooding took out the road to the Rock Candy Mine, then a major windstorm brought trees down on the road. August 2018 update from the Mine - they have no update on when they will have access to the mine again. We will stay in touch with them.

John Burtch Photo - Rock Candy Mine road.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Rendezvous 2019 Rock Creek

The BCLS AGM was in Kelowna Saturday night - and it is now official - Rendezvous 2019 will be in Rock Creek with host club Penticton.

This site will be updated over the summer

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.