Locate the Recreation Site

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Locate the Recreation Site

Post by lrp374 » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:53 pm

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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Post by lrp374 » Mon May 11, 2020 7:38 pm

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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Post by lrp374 » Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:11 pm

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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Post by lrp374 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:38 pm

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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Boat launch - steep with large boulders!!
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