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A week on Shuswap Lake 11 Aug 2013 16:36 #1

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We Took our 2455 from Vancouver up to the Shuswap Lake about 5 hours drive from Vancouver for a week on July 29th. Had a great time on the Lake it was our first time there. The Shuswap lake is a large Lake with 4 Arms very deep water deepest part is 875' and somewhere around 39 miles from one end to the other. Great for navigating around as there are not many shallow hazards. We did about 230 miles over the week were on the lake.
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A week on Shuswap Lake 11 Aug 2013 17:00 #2

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Left in the Morning from Vancouver towing the boat with my F150 with the EcoBoost engine. The truck pulled the boat through the mountains easily and amazingly the engine even held speed on the downhill with the cruise control. On the East side of Kamloops I was pulled over by the RCMP while going 90K in a 90K zone. Two RCMP officers walked up on the passenger side of the truck and asked very smugly "When was the last time I checked the fluid in my surge brakes", I told him "on the weekend when I serviced the brakes." He replied "Oh so if I open the cap I will find fluid" Turns out he wanted to show the rookie he had how the surge brakes worked after looking mine over they let me go. PIA but not much you can do.We got into the town of Salmon Arm where we had decided to launch around 3:30 PM and was surprised to find the parking and the boat launch empty. Parking was only $42 for the week for truck and trailer and the boat launch was free. We Launched and parked at the empty public wharf where we decide to spend the first night ($25). The dock is very close to the downtown and has a small snack shop with ice cream and ice on it. They have houseboats, jet skis, and power boats they rent there. Very quiet for a summer day. Houseboats rentals are the big thing on the Shuswap.Picture of the boat launch and the view from the public dock in Salmon Arm. More later
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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 01:52 #3

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Sounds like a great place to boat. With such deep water everywhere is finding anchorage difficult ?

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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 01:57 #4

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Great idea for a trip! Weather's been great lately too around those parts.

Any pics?

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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 03:47 #5

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joe440;802493 wrote: Sounds like a great place to boat. With such deep water everywhere is finding anchorage difficult ?


No problem finding a place to anchor, there are lots of provincial parks that have shallow water for anchorage. You do have to but a day use permit for $16 is you anchor within 100m of the shore in a Provincial park. You are in pretty close to land so we stern tied to the shore.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 03:53 #6

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Day 2We had breakfast and headed out early in the morning on a slow cruise up the west side of the Salmon Arm part of the lake. The bay that the town of Salmon Arm is on is very shallow only 3 to 6 feet or less for about a mile from the dock, so you have to be careful leaving.Headed up Salmon Arm
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802511=40000-2013-07-30 Salmon Arm_003_1.JPG We went into Sicamous and Mara Lake for lunch on the boat and a swim, around 28c and sunny no wind. We then continued up the Arm to Hungry cove where we anchored and went to the rocky beach.
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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 04:39 #7

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Day 2 ContinuedWe went up to the point where all 4 arms of the Lake meet called Cinnemousun Narrows. There are a couple of Sea Stores there, one has a restaurant and bar, the other has a store and gas. The store is well stocked with everything you might have forgot and the prices are pretty much the same as in town. Everything from cell phone charges to party stuff, except no alcohol as they are not allowed to sell it, other than in the restaurant. They also rent power boats, jet skis, tow tubes.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802518=40019-2013-07-31 Cinnemousun Narrows_005.JPG Initially we anchored off the park and had our dinner as I was picking up the anchor the park services people came or in their boat to see if I had a permit. The explained the rules for anchoring in the park and once you paid the $16 for the day you could anchor or use any of their docks to overnight. We had planned to go part way down the main Shuswap Lake arm to anchor for the night but when we saw the docks at the narrows were empty aside from 4 boats we decided to just spend the night there.The Cinnemousun Narrows park is water access only as many of the parks on the Shuswap are. They have have 5 new docks and around 20 camp sites with covered picnic tables, I think 4 cabins, garbage/recycle, and a hiking trail all are included in your $16/boat user fee. Couldn't get over that the middle of summer with great weather there was almost nobody here.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802518=40022-2013-07-30 Cinnemousun Narrows _003_1.jpg Relaxed with a few cold beverages and enjoyed the evening chatted with a couple of the other boaters. Went to bed early and spent a quiet night at the dock.The Lake was very busy with houseboats which are huge tourist attraction, I'll post some pictures later. Lots of young people renting them for partying on and of course families as well.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 05:12 #8

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After breakfast we cruised down the east side of The main Shuswap Lake Arm. Lots of nice cottages/houses about halfway down the arm the lake is pretty dense with cottages until the end. The lone Islans is on this arm, there was a bunch of boats on the south side of the Island watching people jump or dive off the cliffs. There are a couple of spots on the lake that we saw people doing this.We anchored in a quiet cove by ourselves on the south end of the arm by West Beach Village. There was a busy campground/beach around the corner from us. After lunch and aswim we headed up the West side of the Arm.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802529=40027-2013-07-31 Shuswap Lake _030.JPG We anchored and went ashore at Pioneer park, just a rocky beach with a boat launch and swimming area. We just swam to shore as we were close. I did bring a small inflatable boat but we never used it as we initial anchored and swam in to shore then late we just anchored and backed into the shallows and waded in. The house boats that are on the lake just nose in right onto the beach and tie off to the land but the rocky bottom on most of the beaches would be too hard on my boat.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802529=40030-2013-07-31 Shuswap Lake Pioneer Park_010.JPG We continued up the west side of the arm again lots of amazing cottages along the lake and stopped in at the marina at Anglemont fuel was $1.69/ltr and only had premium. Decided to put on some fuel just in case, really was no need as there are lots of places for fuel on the lake. I saw they had a pump out so inquired on the price even though we did not need it yet. It was $40 and it turns out they are one of the only places if not the only place on the Northern end of the arms.Decided to head up to the Narrows again to spend the night as we were only about 20 minutes away at cruise speed. We got into the Narrows and the first 4 small docks were taken but the larger main dock was empty, there was even a helicopter parked on the beach. We docked on the larger main dock and made dinner there. We met up with the Park caretaker to pay for the night, she said the helicopter was a couple from Montreal that were camping there for the night. The large dock we were on was pretty noisy when it was moving from the wave and she pointed out that on the other side or the Narrow there was another Park dock. After dinner we decided to head over there to check it out. (continued in next post so I can ad some pictures)

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A week on Shuswap Lake 12 Aug 2013 05:23 #9

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When we got over to the north side of the narrows we found a nice older wooden dock with nobody else around and 4 camp sites. We setup a couple chairs on the dock and had a few night caps. We stayed up to do a little star watching, it is amazing how many more stars you can see when you are away from all the lights of the City. Had a great night at our own Private dock.Helicopter camping, I have to try this sometime :)
[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/802536=40031-2013-07-31 Cinnemousun Narrows Helicopter camping.JPG Our own private dock and campground what an amazing spot, some good size fish swimming right by my prop.
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A week on Shuswap Lake 14 Aug 2013 14:13 #10

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Very nice it's beautiful there. Thanks for sharing the pic's.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 18 Aug 2013 17:46 #11

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Another beautiful morning on the lake. We headed up Seymour arm, this turned out to be our favorite arm on the lake. There are not many cottage on this arm but some nice beaches and a couple of waterfalls. Lots of houseboats on this arm, just North of the Narrows on the East side is Nielsen beach a favorite spot for the younger crowd to party in their rented house boats. There was probably 20 to 30 of these large houseboats there on Friday night. The houseboats rent from about $4000/week to 14,000/week.We cruised up the East side of the lake, here are a few pictures including one of a waterfall on the west side of the Arm that we somehow missed on the way back down the arm.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/803856=40218-2013-08-01 Seymour Arm_021.JPG At the North end of the Lake is another park and Marina, strangely enough the Marina here had gas at 1.52/L vs the Narrows and Anglemont at 1.69/l. There is also a well stocked store here and some nice anchor and beaches.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 18 Aug 2013 18:10 #12

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We beached the boat for some lunch and beach time at a small sandy beach close to the Marina just east of Silver Beach park.After lunch we headed back along the west side and found a nice spot called Steamboat bay to anchor for the night. There was just and a family in a houseboat here for the night. It is just around the point from a road access camp site and has a hiking trailer with 5 waterfalls on it. We anchored and stern tied a line to the beach. After supped the weather stared to feel like we might get some rain but it was still dead calm.Without any warning the weather turned from dead calm to to a 15 or 20 mph wind along with the crack of a thunderstorm approaching, We put up the canvas in a hurry and tied another stern line to the shore as the boat was swing pretty good. Fortunately we had picked a sheltered bay so it was actually a quiet night once the boat was secured a little better with a second line it did not move.We decided to do the hike around Albas falls in the morning.
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A week on Shuswap Lake 18 Aug 2013 23:44 #13

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A week on Shuswap Lake 19 Aug 2013 00:55 #15

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We left our calm little cove and headed south towards the Narrows. The weather was cooler and the lake was rough with some whitecaps for the first time. We needed to get a pump out and some water, so we went south to Anglemont. IT was $40 for a pump out, the water was free but they have a boil water advisory. Anglemont is also the closest place to the Narrows that you can purchase Alcohol.We went back up to the Narrows to spend the night at the dock and hike the trailer there in the morning. The narrows was busy as it was the Friday night of a long weekend. . We manage to pick a dock that all the turned out had another couple is a 26' Searay that were headed out fishing and about 20 younger people that were there to party. They did keep going until around 1:30 in the morning.In the morning we got up early and hiked the mountain trail before heading up the Anstey Arm
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A week on Shuswap Lake 19 Aug 2013 01:11 #16

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After our morning hike around the Narrows trail we stopped at the Sea store for some fuel and ice and headed up the Anstey Arm at a fast Cruise. There was not much up the Anstey arm very few cabins and some Rocky Beaches. At the North end there is a each with a trailer to another Lake but we did not stop as we wanted to head back down Salmon Arm as we planned on heading home on Sunday.We stopped at Marble Point on the Salmon Arm for Lunch, a swim and a small hike on a trail that goes between the beaches, there is supposed to be an old mine shaft but we didn't see it. Marble Point is another marine access only park with camp sites and a nice rocky beach.
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[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/803947=40257-2013-08-03 Salmon Arm Marble Point_014.JPG We then headed South to Herald park where we spent the night. Herald park is road access with a large campground a couple of hiking trails, boat launch and a nice beach.
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A week on Shuswap Lake 19 Aug 2013 01:30 #17

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Great pics, great thread.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 19 Aug 2013 01:31 #18

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Started our Final day with hike a on a great trail through some old growth forest up to Margaret Falls in Herald park.
[img]/media/kunena/attachments/vb/803955=40268-2013-08-03 Salmon Arm Herald Park_003.JPG We then headed back to the boat Launch in Salmon Arm. Great lake with lots to see and we easily could have sent a few more nights. Still lots of place to see on the LAke so we might come back next year as well.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 19 Aug 2013 01:33 #19

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joe440;803953 wrote: Great pics, great thread.


Thanks Joe. It was a great trip.

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A week on Shuswap Lake 25 Aug 2013 04:38 #20

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I drove through the area during my move from Ontario beginning of Aug. While driving along, taking in the scenery as best as I could, I was thinking it looked like a great place to boat. So I really enjoyed your posting with pics and all, Thanks.
Don't think I can trailer my 4788 there though, much as I'd like to!

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Timberwolf;805586 wrote: Don't think I can trailer my 4788 there though, much as I'd like to!


Might be a little hard to do :) you can always rent a houseboat there if you really want to go.

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