The Shuswap Watershed is a complex system of lakes, rivers, creeks and streams that flow into to Shuswap Lake down mountain sides, over plateaus and through wetlands. You’re never more than a five minute drive from water and each is its own wonder to discover and explore.
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This park protects a portion of the riparian zone on the Eagle River east of Malakwa. The Eagle River is an important spawning and rearing habitat for sockeye, coho and chinook salmon. Nearby protected areas include Yard Creek Provincial Park (located 12 kilometres west) and Mount Griffin Provincial Park/Ecological Reserve (six kilometres south of Eagle River Park).
Near the town of Enderby, Gardom Lake is a popular fishing and recreational destination. This family lake is visited throughout the year as it provides fun for both park goers and anglers alike. Location: From Vernon, travel north on HWY 97A through the town of Enderby and turn left at HWY 97B towards Salmon Arm. The next major left is Gardom Lake Road, which leads to the park and lake.
This lake is great for fishing year round and is conveniently located just east of Enderby. This lake is home to 3 separate recreation sites with a total of 46 campsites and each site has a boat launch. Location: 24 KM east of Enderby. From the town of Enderby on HWY 97A travel east along Enderby-Mabel Lake Road. At the community of Ashton Creek follow the Trinity Valley Road south over the Shuswap River to Hidden-Shuswap Road.
Mabel Lake is a long deep wilderness lake in the valley east of Enderby. It is home to many businesses such as a golf course, provincial park, resorts and campsites, with very easy access The Chinook are found running up the Shuswap River holding near the river mouths in late July to mid September.
Mara Lake is easily accessible from HWY 97A south of Sicamous. This lake is often overlooked for fishing, despite the fact that it offers good fishing for a variety of species. The best time for fishing this lake are the spring and fall if trolling. Many resorts and campsites are available on this lake as well as boat launche
Just a short stroll from the core of Downtown Salmon Arm you'll find a relaxing retreat for any day of the year. Dotted with benches and picnic tables this is a favourite location to enjoy a picnic or family gathering. The seasonal water fountain in the middle of the lake is a beautiful backdrop to any photograph.
The Pinaus Lake Chain is NW of Vernon and south of Falkland. Access to this chain is best through the Ingram Creek Forest Service Road (please seek map books and resources for direction to these lakes). The lakes accessible on Pinaus Lake Road include Square, Lady King, Will, Pinaus and Little Pinaus Lakes.
The lake is central to the Shuswap. It’s our water and our life. It sustains us, its our playground, it’s our solace, it’s our serenity and it’s our sanctuary. Not only that, but we get to share it with you! Lake culture is a key component of the spirit of the Shuswap. It’s the background to all of our stories... This is where families canoe together and watch the magical ‘walking on water’ dance of the Western Grebe. This is where a soul can experience a solitary sunset plunge in the centre of a lake from the deck of a houseboat, surrounded by nothing but scenery and silence.
The Shuswap River has always been a liquid highway of sorts…first for the Splatsin First Nation who plied its waters to trade their goods downstream and later, for the loggers who boomed their timber to mills along its shores. Travellers of another era floated the Shuswap aboard paddle wheelers, drinking in the sights along the way. The river’s not much different today. Folks are still floating by, only now on stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and inflatable rafts!