Locate the Recreation Site

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Mon May 18, 2015 7:30 pm

I spent 3 days last week @ Humamilt Lake. The site is about 90 km north of Hwy #1, about half is on a good gravel road. The sign for the site is a bit hard to find as it is partway down the road and doesn't identify the site. The site has 2 great campsites and maybe 3 okay sites. One unique feature of the site is the boat launch. I typically can drop the boat right in the water. Here I had to unload it and then ease the boat down a ramp made of 2 large logs. Going down was easy. I took a picture of the best site which has a series of steps down to a small sandy beach which includes a very nice dock. This is only the second Rec Site I've found with a dock. The return up the ramp was not so easy. I used Konadog's trick of low range 2 wheel drive to be able to stand on the ground to watch as I slowly pulled up the boat stopping several time to make sure the wheels stayed on the logs. The lake was not a great fishing lake but does have shallows, steep dropoffs and a lot of deep areas up to 100 feet. I've attached the route from Hwy #1. The site can also be accessed by using the Adams lake FSR's from Agate bay ( east of Barriere) . Both routes are about the same distance from Kamloops.
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Thu May 21, 2015 6:57 pm

I forgot to mention the new poles for my tarp. These use a simple latch system which works great as they are very easy to adjust with tension on them ---- far better than the old set screw type. I got mine @ Surplus Herby's but they are likely available anywhere.
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:52 pm

I spent 3 days last week @ Boot Lake and a further 3 days @ Pennask Lake. The Boot Lake site is just north of the connector @ the Elkhart turnoff. The road is partially paved and the last 3km or so are good gravel except for multiple de-activation ditches – some deep enough you have to be very careful not to scrape the steps. The site has 4 official camp tables but only 2 are really much good. The pine beetle has really done a number on the trees in this area. An unofficial site on the east side of the lake is quite nice but was always occupied when we were there. This lake has LARGE quantities of fish in the 12” range and a few as large as 15. It is easy to catch 30 fish a day if you want and is therefore a great kids lake. A number of other sites such as Island Lake, Paradise Lake, Bob's Lake and Elkhart are all very close. All have been affected by the pine beetle so a lot of the campsites are very open. This area is a great place for a few days. Pennask Provincial Park is east @ the Sunset main turnoff. I have previously added info on the site in this post. The road was a lot drier this year and when we were there the park was nearly empty. Fishing is similar to Boot as the fish are small but the lake is huge in comparison. Those in float tubes better pay attention to the wind!

I'm sure others have been out enjoying the weather. Where have you camped? Lets see some pictures and read comments on the sites!!
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Sat Aug 01, 2015 8:00 pm

I spent 3 days the second week of July on the Bonaparte plateau northwest of Kamloops. I stayed @ Windy lake but stopped by the plethora of lakes on the way to and from Windy. Lakes such as Mayson, Windfall and Dunsapie on the way in and Whitewood, Scott and Gorman on the way out. Other routes also have several lakes that have Rec. Sites and good fishing.

Windy lake used to be a great fishing lake but this trip was a little disappointing as most of the fish were small.. The camp has 3 sites but 2 are very close. Another feature of the area is a hike to Skoatl point. It is a volcanic plug you can hike to the top of for great views of the entire area. You Tube has video's of the trek. I've also attached a picture of the old mud bog Gorman boat launch as well as the new over the mud wooden launch ramp.

So who else uses the great Recreation Site BC has to offer???
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby FalcoColumbarius » Sat Aug 01, 2015 10:23 pm

I'm intrigued with the new addition to your wagon, slick. Also, nice leveling job.

The area looks stunning.

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:43 pm

I like the addition as well! I forgot to include the access to Windy. I've attached the route I used in and out. Additional routes area available including the Jamison Creek FSR which starts just north of Kamloops on the west side of the river. this is a great area in the summer as most of the plateau is around 4000 ' .
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Trip Out - shorter route but some areas may be cause some BC pinstripes.
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:13 pm

I'll add another lake in the Kamloops area that can be a great place to camp and fish. The pictures, except for one are from a few years ago but show the area. The site is accessible to all modes of transportation from bike to motorhome and can be quite busy during spring and fall. The boat launch is easy for any boat. The 1 fish limit is not really an issue as the 1 you catch can be all the excitement you need for the day. As the lake is only 20 km from town this leaves plenty of time to reach the bar to celebrate even in the middle of summer.
I'll leave it to others to update till late September as I'll be busy doing other things till then. I'm sure Wayne or Kevin must have a few good trips from this year they'd like to share!! Maybe Nordo can show us a few places he has used his fancy RTT this year.
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby BCDelica » Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:49 pm

Very much enjoying your posts Larry, but there's been no camping for me this year, that's a first in a long time. Luckily lots of traveling!

But I will post a picture I took this month to see if someone can recognize the location. I did recreate here, and hint, it's not in BC...

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:42 pm

Hey Kevin if it's in Canada it would likely be in the Yukon with stuff left over from building the Alaska Highway. That front unit has some weird tracks and looks like it's amphibious so it could be anywhere. Let's here the story!!

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby BCDelica » Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:02 am

The amphibious tank is part of the display in the newer NWT Mining and Geological Interpretive Centre in Yellowknife. Though still in the start up phase it has a fantastic amount of different aged equipment gathered together. The tank was a WW2 landing craft that was shipped to the NWT in the early fifties with hopes that it would be great vehicle for mine exploration in the difficult to access areas in that land of rock and water, but it proved to maintenance heavy.

I really enjoyed the Yellowknife area, it's quite different and plan to explore even more soon.

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:38 pm

Thanks for the explanation on the 'tank'. That of course leads to more questions as I have been looking @ making that trip ever since I spent some time in the Yukon a few years ago. I was looking @ kind of a circle tour going up from near Ft. Nelson and coming back through Alberta. The info I have indicates that most is likely paved but the section from Hwy 77 to 7 to 1 really doesn't give me a lot of confidence. If you were on that road what was it like? As per usual any and all info is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Fri Oct 02, 2015 8:02 pm

Just got back from 3 glorious fall days fishing @ Thalia Lake. Nice @ 22+ during the day but – 2 @ night. Thank goodness the fire ban is over!! Thalia is one of several lakes off Pike Mountain road north of Princeton. The lakes can be accessed from Hwy 5 or Coalmont Rd. Both roads are good gravel roads but coming from the west can be rough do to a few steep sections. Coming from the coast you can take the Coquihalla to the Brookmere exit or Hwy 5 from Princeton. The later is a lot less gravel and may even be quicker.
The camp sites @ Thalia are one deluxe site @ the north end c/w your own toilet and several sites @ the southeast side some suitable for small RV's. An open area is also @ the south end for group camping or unfortunately big parties some weekends. Fishing @ these lakes can be good. The fish can be plentiful but most times are a few larger fish in the 2 to 4# range. This trip, although the weather was great, was one of the few fish days.
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South site c/w my new friend Glenn
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South dock & Boat Launch
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:03 pm

This month I have abandoned the Rec. Site list for a Provincial park ( Black Lake @ Roche Lake PP ) and a rustic space near Blue Lake. Blue lake has a few areas that people have been rough camping for years. Rustic in my books means NO services except maybe a rock fire pit. One area @ Black lake has a table and the other areas are rustic. Of course camping is FREE.
Both lakes are between Kamloops and Merritt and can be great fly fishing lakes. Blue is reported to have large fish that are difficult to catch and Black has both Rainbow and Brook trout. Black also has a sunken peninsula near the middle of the lake. What a great feature. One area in the middle of the lake is less than 5 feet deep. The access to Blue is quite easy and has only a few tricky corners to make. Black lake is also easy except for the last KM. The road has lots of rock and a few pot holes. Late in the year the pots holes are not deep and the rocks are easy to see. The spring would be quite different. All the pot holes have hard bottoms except one so it's easy to 'feel' your way through them.

The Blue Lake pictures were taken in August during the forest fires so they are not to clear. The Black Lake pictures were taken during a trip in October which explains the mostly bare trees. As usual, if anyone wants more info on these lakes or others in the area you only have to ask.
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:11 pm

The attached pictures are for Black Lake---
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Nice camping area @ far end of Lake
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Rock infested puddle
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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

Postby lrp374 » Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:24 am

Fred lake was my last real fishing trip of the year. I was a great year starting in mid April and lasting till the end of October. Lots of lakes were open well into November but I am a fair weather fisherman (and besides who wants to drink beer when you don't need a cooler). Fred is east of the Lac La Jeune provincial park. The trail is pretty good except for the last km. It is quite narrow and has several mud holes that can be deep if it's a wet year. The trail also has lots of rocks of various sizes so it makes for a slow but entertaining kilometer. The site is divided into 2 areas. The first area has a reasonable boat launch but when I arrived a large tree was crossing the path and I didn't bring my chain saw. I should no better as a good portion of the trees have beetle kill and can come down @ any time. The second site has a much steeper bank and a large root near the base. It looked like a minor inconvenience initially but as I backed down over it my front step was now supporting the front of the van. This became my first real test for the winch I installed in the spring. I was able to find a suitable tree and with a little effort my front wheel was back over the root. The back wheel was less effort but still needed a little help from the winch. The fishing for the day was slow with only a couple of little ones. The last time I was there, 2 years ago, I caught a 4 pound fish that was 24” in length. (I know it was 4# as my fishing buddy had a digital scale with him ---and I even have a picture of the fish). Both camp areas have a few spots flat enough to camp, a fish cleaning table and fire pit. This site is another 'rough camp'.
I have lots of info on other lakes and I will continue to provide a few in the New Year. Most are not current and some are even before the Delica. I'm sure lots of people on the forum have spent time in the great outdoors this year and in the past and hopefully will share their stories. Please feel free to add your info @ anytime even if it doesn't include fishing!
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