Locate the Recreation Site

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It seems like the Covid-19 has given me more time to review old trips and I've found some more Rec Sites worth passing on. As all of the Rec Sites are now closed to camping and quite a few are closed period this may be all I'll have for some time. Hopefully Kevin or Wayne or anyone with camping or fishing info can pass it on. I chose Cougar Lake for this month. It is a small lake located on the Bowers Lake FSR. It is approximately 104 km via Little Fort or 52 km from Clearwater. The Little Fort route is mostly pavement while the Clearwater route is all a busy FSR. The site has a total of 3 sites. One is located near the road while the other 2 are located down the hill beside the lake. The lake is warm enough to swim in in mid summer but also produces some nice trout. Although the Bowers Lake FSR is a major road, traffic is only sporadic and ends early in the afternoon. Hopefully by camping season all the sites will open and it will be business as usual. ( An optimist? )
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Upper Camp Site
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Cyan route from Clearwater, Magenta route from Little Fort
Cyan route from Clearwater, Magenta route from Little Fort
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Well back to old trips. I stopped here a few years ago to check it out as I'd heard so many good fishing reports. With the Covid-19 continuing looking @ pictures will be it for a few weeks. I do get to go fishing this week and I've checked and most of the lakes up to 4500' are ice free. Anyway, Howard Lake is a very popular lake east of 100 Mile House. It has a large Rec Site with 32 sites spread along the north shore of the lake. The road to the site from the Canim Lake road is very steep initially but does flatten off. The climb isn't to difficult as the site is usually mostly occupied by large RV's that stay for much more then the 14 days allowed. The lake is a very good producer so if you can get one of the sites away from the crowd it can be a great fishing trip. If not, bring lots of booze and join the parties!! The site shown in the picture looks great -but it's right on the main road. Maybe July will show the results of a 2020 camping trip!
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Same Lakeside site
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Route from Hwy 24 - most scenic North to Right
Route from Hwy 24 - most scenic North to Right
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Route from 100 Mile - most popular
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Nellie Lake is a small forgotten Lake next to Shuswap Lake almost at the end of Seymour Arm. It is about 80 km. from Hwy. #1 where you cross the Squilax bridge at the east end of Little Shuswap lake. The lake is in a hollow and the camp site is likely 10 – 15 M above the lake. There are only 4 sites and 2 are very close together. The lake is surrounded by large cedar trees which makes it a great place for a hot summer day. The lake is very clear and you can see the fish along the edge. The boat launch is a bit unusual. It's easy to launch your boat – getting it out is a different matter. Hopefully next month the lake will be from a visit this year.
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I finally get to report on a new to me Rec Site. This last week I spent 3 days @ Gwen lake. Gwen is located east of the Coquihalla using the Comstock exit south of Merritt. The lake is about 6.5 km from the highway with less than a km. to challenge your van. The road has a few water holes but the last decent into the site is quite washed out and requires a bit of thought as to the best path. It can't be that bad though as I talked to a guy who witnessed a mini van come an go during his stay @ the site. Despite the road, traffic was an everyday occurrence and I found quite a number of people from the lower mainland use it for day fishing. I also found out that a much easier route is available to a site @ the north end of the lake. It is not an official Rec Site but a number of people were camped there and @ least tables were provided. The route to that site is shown on the map starting @ the North site dot and following the green line. It starts about the 4.5 km marker.
Fishing was not great when I was there. The first day it rained most of the day and the second was very windy. The fish were a variety of sizes and large fish are in the lake.
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Site #2
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Boat launch - steep with large boulders!!
Boat launch - steep with large boulders!!
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This lake is not on my highly recommended list but may now be better than when I was there. Nevertouch Lake is located south of Hwy #6 on the Kettle Valley FSR or possibly Split Creek FSR for part of the way. The Kettle Valley route is about 60 km from the Hwy and the Split Creek Route is about 37. I used the Kettle valley route as I came from the south. Nevertouch Lake was pretty ugly when I stopped by in September of 2016. One side of the lake had been burned by a forest fire and the other side is dead beetle kill. It may look better now as a few years can add some greenery. The sites would be nice if they had trees. I didn't stay to fish as it was windy and started to snow. The lake is over 4000' so I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. People were camped there but I'm sure they were hunting!
Nevertouch Lake has 15 sites so you should always be able to find a spot. Next month I'll have a trip from 2020 that had a real wilderness feel yet very easy access.
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Some tables here have an extension for your stove. Nice touch!!
Some tables here have an extension for your stove. Nice touch!!
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View of Nevertouch Lake
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This post is for my first trip to East Maury Lake in late July. This lake is north and west of Clearwater about 70 km. It is very easy to find and the roads are in pretty good shape. I'm sure any van could make it. You could even take your Motorhome if you don't mind the dust. The lake is just past the junction of 20 Road and 9 Road. I don't think the site is used much for fishing as the paths down to the lake are a little overgrown and so is the boat launch. During the 4 days I was there I only heard 1 truck go by. East Maury is quite an interesting lake was lots of shallow areas as well as some areas of nearly 60'. The fish are not overly large usually in the 12-14” range but as they are all wild trout they can be difficult to get in the boat. The second last day I was there I found the “hot spot” and could regularly catch fish in the area. I even caught 2 @ the same time as noted in my pictures. This is a great place to go to get away from the crowds without gathering some BC pin-strips or spending hours in 4x4 Low to get to the fish!! Have you tried this one Kevin?
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Road improvement on the way to East Maury
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Typical of the 2 sites available
Typical of the 2 sites available
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Boat launch is good for most boats
Boat launch is good for most boats
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Wood has the be collected if you want a fire!
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My first 2 fish @ the same time @ East Maury
My first 2 fish @ the same time @ East Maury
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Thanks for keeping this active Larry!!

Did explore the Maury Lakes many a year ago, but we never fished it, and that was before the Delica days.

Still sticking to the Island this year, hiking most weekends and many a weekday!

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It was nice to have Kevin's island post for a little variety. I hope the snow wasn't fresh but it sure looked that way....
My last trip of the year was to be to Skyline lake a small lake southeast of Vavenby about 15 km and if it didn't work out I would go to Graffunder Lake about 6 km further south on the same good FSR. It's always good to have a backup but this trip also required a Plan B. I arrived at Skyline in good time as the road was in very good condition and the short 1 km trail into the lake had only a few potholes which didn't need 4x4. The site was very tight as suggested by the Rec Site info and was also very shaded from the dense forest. That would be great in July but a little more open would be nice in late September. I would have stayed but a quick look @ the boat launch showed it would be nearly impossible to launch my boat as a tree is right in the middle of the space. Canoes or belly boats would be fine. The next choice was to go to Graffunder just down the road. This site only has 1 camp site and someone had placed a tent there several days before and left!! I don't think the tent had even been used as the inside was empty except for a few chunks of tree to hold it down and a big puddle @ one end. I had 2 choices – relocate their tent or leave. I felt it was likely done by hunters so I don't mess with guys with guns. I did however, get to talk to a couple from Vavenby who also came to camp. They gave me the lowdown on the lake which certainly makes me want to return next year.

Now it's time for Plan B. I looked @ the closest sites via the BRMB POI's for Rec sites on my GPS. The best option appeared to be the Coldscaur Lake area west of Clearwater about 70 km from where I was. Continued next month!!

(I didn't include a picture for the site signs as Skyline was a 4x4 post in the bushes and only the posts were left for the Graffunder sign.)
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Skyline boat launch
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Graffunder Boat launch and road in.
Graffunder Boat launch and road in.
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Graffunder only site occupied!!
Graffunder only site occupied!!
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Route to Skyline & Graffunder lakes
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