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Infographic: Canoe, kayak or SUP
Which one floats your boat?
Shuswap Lake Provincial Park, Squilax-Anglemont Road, Scotch Creek, BC, Canada
Driving time from Kelowna
Size of the lake
Sand and pebble beach in the park
Tip to tail
Shuswap Lake weaves through the landscape with four arms: the main lake, Seymour Arm, Antsey Arm and Salmon Arm. There are lots of bays, beaches and trails for you to explore, and lakeshore communities have cropped up around the lake. On the main lake and Seymour Arm there is Blind Bay and Magna Bay, and on the large branch of the lake that splits off southeast, there is Sicamous and the town of Salmon Arm.
Campgrounds at Shuswap Lake are easy to come by and are scattered along the shores of the lake. Most large campgrounds have showers and facilities, hook-ups on some sites and stores close by. Some campgrounds have beach access, marinas in the vicinity and boat rentals. Others have more private tenting sites without many amenities. Sandy Point Beach Campground in Salmon Arm, Shuswap Lake Provincial Park and Salmon Arm Camping Resort are three of the more popular campgrounds, and are full of amenities for family camping.
Paddle to Blind Bay
Whether you want to paddle, float, swim or skim the waters, Shuswap Lake is the place to do it. There are plenty of smaller bays on the lake where paddlers can get away from the hustle of motorized boats. Try a day trip to Blind Bay, just southeast of the park, for a nice respite with your kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard. Just remember to check conditions before heading out, as they can change quite quickly on this lake.
Visit Copper Island
To extend your day on the water, pack a lunch and veer north for a stop off at Cooper Island, located just 1.3km from the park. Jump in the water to cool off or head for land to tackle the 3km hiking loop for fantastic panoramic views of the lake (allow at least an additional hour for this hike).