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Shuswap Lake
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is located approximately 61 km (38 miles) north-west of Salmon Arm and 86 km (54 miles) north-east of Kamloops.

Travelling Here
To get here by taking the Trans-Canada Hwy 1, you can either travel 69 km (43 miles) east from Kamloops, or 44 km (27.5 miles) west of Salmon Arm to the small First Nation community of Squilax. From here, you then take the Squilax Anglemont Road, "North Shore Route," about 17 km (11 miles) to the community of Scotch Creek. Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is about 2 km (1.3 miles) east of the main business section of Scotch Creek.

Beautiful Beach
The main highlight of this very popular park is the kilometre or so of a south-facing, mixed sand-and-pebble beach located on the shores of Shuswap Lake. Shuswap Lake is well-noted for its excellent water sport activities that include swimming, canoeing, wind-surfing, kayaking, house boating, and water-skiing.

Copper Island
The park encompasses a large area next to the lake and includes Copper Island, a distinct feature in the near horizon. Copper Island has an area designated for people to land watercraft; it can be easily reached by canoe or kayak, and has a 2.8 km (1.8 miles) perimeter trail where there are a couple of lookout points. It's a very popular spot with the local speed boaters and makes for a good destination point, especially in the summer.

Day-Use Are
The day-use area at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park is beautifully treed and offers various sections of parking lots, including a spot for RVs, a large playground for children, a good-sized boat launch at no cost, a separate area to park your vehicle with attached boat trailer, picnic tables, a changehouse, washrooms offering flush toilets, a nice sandy beach open to the public, a fairly large grass field, an amphitheatre, plus a visitor centre with a self-guided nature trail situated nearby.

Park Gate House
As you enter the park, you can make reservation check-ins with the park operators located at the gate house. The campsites offered at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park are fairly large, well-treed, generally private, and well-suited for small children. Firewood is available for a small fee at the gate house, plus there is 24-hour security during peak times of the year.

Park Facilities
The facilities found at the park include the day-use area, about one kilometre of a mixture of pebble-and-sand beach, a large buoyed-off swimming area, flush toilets, no-fee hot water showers in the campground for guests, and a group camping area by reservation. Just remember there are no lifeguards present here or in any other BC Park, so swimming is at your own risk.

Campground
The campground has a total of 272 vehicle-accessible campsites with 217 of these being reservable through the Discover Camping reservation system, the rest on a first-come, first-served basis. The park can get really busy at peak season in the summer, so if you want to visit here at that time, reservations are definitely a must. Depending on park requirements, there can sometimes be overflow camping in the day-use parking lot where you then get on a list for available campsites.

Park Store
Just outside the park gate on Squilax Anglemont Road, is the Park Store, a log-style building which offers a decent number of fresh items from which to choose. Next door to the Park Store is the Fun Centre, a great place to take kids for entertainment in the evenings. There's also a small, eclectic assortment of businesses situated next to the gate house, each within walking distance of the campsites. The assortment includes a bistro, coffee house, and a local drinking establishment called the Copper Island Pub.

Scotch Creek
For a greater selection of supplies and services, the main business section of Scotch Creek located 2 km (1.3 miles) away, has a number of conveniences close by, including fuel, groceries, marine services, and hardware items. Scotch Creek is the largest community on the North Shore and has a good-sized Super Valu that has a liquor outlet and post office inside, a Home Hardware store, and a Peoples Drug Mart. There are also a number of other local conveniences, including the North Shore Branch of the regional library, an Esso Service Station, a tourist information centre, health food store, art studio, a real estate agent, and a community police building.

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Welcome to Shuswap Lake
Welcome to Shuswap Lake

 

Shuswap Lake Beach
Shuswap Lake Beach

 

Copper Island
Copper Island

 

Day-Use Area
Day-Use Area

 

Beach at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
Beach at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park

 

Campsite at Shuswap Lake Provincial Park
Campsite

 

Park Store
Park Store

 
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