Where the Shuswap meets the Okanagan
The Shuswap River offers enjoyment for canoeists, kayakers, and other recreational users. The river flows out of Mabel Lake through the Skookumchuk rapids. This part of the river is home of the annual Kayak Rodeo and is not recommended for canoeing, swimming or tubing. Between the Skookumchuck Rapids and Trinity Bridge in Ashton Creek are rolling rapids and swift currents suitable for experienced white water canoeists and kayakers.
The river from Enderby to Grindrod, Mara Lake and Shuswap Lake, meanders slowly through many acres of lush farmland, often doubling back on itself.
The many beaches and islands en route provide excellent rest areas and swimming holes. Canoes and kayaks can be launched at the Skookumchuck Rapids (approximately 31 km east of Enderby), Hupel (29 km east), Trinity Bridge, Enderby Bridge, Riverside Park, or Grindrod Park.
Shuswap River boaters may launch their boats in Enderby at the Riverside Park boat launch. Boaters should take note that there is a 10 km/hr speed limit in effect on the river. Please take special precautions for other users. A RiverWatch program has been implemented by all communities along the Shuswap River in order to observe and report unsafe boating behavior.
Spring, kokanee, and sockeye salmon continue to return to the Shuswap from July to October, seeking the spawning grounds east of Enderby. Rainbow trout and whitefish can be found in the river throughout the year. The river is open to sport fishing; please check the fishing guide for specific dates.
Miles of lush forested shorelines, sandy beaches, and sparkling blue water, this lake is a must see. Mabel Lake offers swimming, waterskiing, fishing, canoeing, and boating.
Pictographs dating back 200-400 years can be seen on various rock faces around the lake.
A boat launch and public beach are available at the Rivermouth Marina. A resort and campground is located right by the lake.
The Mabel Lake Golf & Country Club features a Les Furber-designed Par 36 regulation size 9 hole course featuring expansive transition areas, picturesque rock walls, challenging ponds, and paved cart trails.
The lake is popular for boating during the summer months. Fishing is best in the spring and fall when activity on the lake quiets down. Of particular interest are the pictographs on the east face of Black Rock. There are many resorts with cabins and private campgrounds on the eastern shore of the lake.
The Provincial Day Park offers a beautiful public beach, boat launch, washrooms, and picnic area.
Hidden and Baird Lakes
A level hiking trail encircles the lake. A boat launch and wooden docks may be found for those with canoes or small boats.
High above Hidden Lake is the even smaller, more isolated Baird Lake. The lake is ideal for small car-top boats and canoes.
Gardom Lake is a natural beauty with its deep forests and clear water. The lake is popular for bird watching, ice fishing, swimming, and canoeing. There is a ten horse power motorboat limit; electric motors are preferred. The day use park has picnic tables, playground, and outhouses; no fires or pets are allowed. The lake features several floating docks, a diving board, and a small island with interpretive trails. Two year-round camps, rental cabins, and private residences are situated on the lake. A boat launch is available on Park Road just past the park.
Situated at the south end of Mara Lake, this small lake, locally known as "Mud Lake," is bordered on the east side by farmland and on the west side by woodland and a recreation reserve. Access to the lake is by canoe or row boat under the railway trestle from Mara Lake; motorboats and motorized vehicles are not allowed. This lake is popular with birdwatchers, as it is the home of eagles, osprey, geese, swans, ducks, and loons. There is a lovely beach with picnic tables, toilet facilities and fresh water available for camping or picnicking. As the site is user maintained, please carry out your own garbage.