Locate the Recreation Site

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Re: Locate the Recreation Site

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With all the fires around these days it's getting harder to find a lake to camp at or even fish. The restricted areas are immense. I remembered a little lake I checked out this year that was quite nice but a bit of a challenge to get the boat into. I was drawn to it by it's name. How can you pass up on a lake called Beautiful Lake. The lake is south east of Westwold ( between Kamloops and Vernon ) along the paved Douglas Lake road for most of the way. The few km's of FSR are in good shape and could accommodate almost any vehicle. The site is quite small and has only 2 campsites but the open one could handle several vehicles. The site does not have a real boat launch but several places could be used if you have a small cartop boat, canoe or kayak. I'm not sure what the fishing is like but I've read reports it can be good some times of the year as it doesn't get much pressure. As of today it is still open but there is a fire in the area.
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Bought my L400 Delica a year ago, and just discovered your thread on this forum. I've really enjoyed reading your descriptions and seeing pictures. I'm a big fan of Rec Site camping, and your posts provide good insight as I prepare for my own camping trips. Hoping to get out somewhere this weekend!!
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Little Bear Bay, I have camped here since I was a kid, a great central small spot on the Island, with great fishing in Johnstone strait. We caught several nice Greenling and rock cod just casting from the rocks this past weekend, including an undersized wild Coho, it was about 4lbs and was released. There is a beach launch, we've used it for kayaks, Aluminum boats, and a small Zodiac we left at home this raining weekend. There is a proper launch near by at Rock Bay for a fee. Several good fishing lakes nearby and an extensive off road trail system at Rye Mt.


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Seeing Larrys offer to help thought I'd share a site I like;

Dixie Cove is a short paddle from Fair Harbour, always no one around and a great starting point for trip to Rugged Point or longer trips to Brooks Peninsula.
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That looks like a very interesting site. It took me quite a while to find it but BackRoads maps GPS does help. I've added a map for those of us who don't know the island to well or have never taken this type of adventure. I couldn't find the second location but it is likely just as remote. You seem to have the "Knack" ( a Dilbert reference ). I didn't even get out camping once this year in the van but did do a lot of day trips to lakes in the area. I've added a picture of my last fish of the year. A nice 20" trout from my favorite lake. Ignore the date as I forgot to set it after charging the battery and was to excited to realize until after I released fish. I was excited as I forgot my net and needed to get it in the boat by hand. Date was really Oct. 14. and I was fishing in a T-shirt @ 4500 feet.
Keep the adventures coming and let us know where Augerpoint is located.
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"The Knack", yes that is a classic reference.

More so since covid, and increased traffic in the so-called popular places in our beautiful wilderness, we work hard at finding hikes and trips that where there are few people. Sometimes they take some time to get to, others are quicker as a result of both being life long hikers grown up on Vancouver Island. Picture is of fishing on Moat Lake, in Strathcona Park, we know of a old logging road and a bit of off trail scramble up a steep sketchy route we agreed to never do again taking maybe 40 mins or less. So many fish in this lake, I friend we took here last year caught a 4 lber just casting from shore, pretty impressive for an alpine lake.

Augerpoint Traverse is a maintained trail, from the Mt Washington ski hill continuing to Buttle Lake, along the way Augerpoint and Albert Edward are there to climb. And we cheat (according to our hardcore hiking friends that complete entire routes like this in a day). We park close to the route up a logging road (that's the other picture), and hike in for a quick over nighter, climb the 2 mountains mentioned, missing out on the over 15 km nice park trail. Plus get to sit down with a mug of wine watching all the ants (peeps at a distance) along the ridge line following the proper trail. There are so many similar ...um alternates such locations all over Van Isle.
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