Camping in BC?

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  1. hutch81

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    I'm riding from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho up to Vernon for a night, then possibly another night around Revelstoke. It looks like most campgrounds and hotels are booked... where I live you can just find a US Forest Service road and look for a good spot to set up camp for the night. How does it work in BC? Any tips would be helpful. Thanks!
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  2. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Look up BC forestry campgrounds on Google. Lots of camping off the beaten path that is free. I have the GPS file and will post it as soon as I can. There is a really nice run up the east side of Mable Lake with a couple of campsites just south of 3 valley gap.

    File courtesy of OceanMtnSea on the forum here.

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    East side of Mable Lake.

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    Wap Lake camping spot.

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  3. OceanMtnSea

    OceanMtnSea Pretty Dogged

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    It is called "stealth camping" up here...............best done later in the day and take a FSR just far enough so you loose the night trucking noises. Oh and don't leave a mess!

    After one or two nights though, you are looking for some place with a shower:flush

    If you go through Banff and are in need of hot water to take the dust off, go to 51.1895674,-115.5193804 and park in the small lookout parking area next to the road and walk across the ditch into the campground for a free hot water shower (the shower building is right next to the Tunnel Mountain Road).
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  4. Cal

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    Hey Lycan
    You mean the east side of Mabel Lake, right?
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  5. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Yep, that's the one!
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  7. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    +million on free lance camping!
    dozens of wks of touring over the years and paid for camping twice.
    try any gravel road and set up!
    rock on
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  8. shuswap biker

    shuswap biker Been here awhile

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    Forest service campsites are not well maintained so make sure you bring your own role of TP, there should be an outhouse and hopefully a table at each site (sometimes they come around to collect a fee?? but not often.
    Mable lake has three good provincial sites, the main mable lake camp, noisy creek-loud party place on the one side and Wap lake-basic camp site maybe try frog falls, kidney lake ETC.
    Berrys are out bigtime this year and so are the bears
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  9. BritGuy

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    You should consider King Edward Lake Rec Area off an FSR of the same name. It's about 8km out of Vernon on Highway 6 toward Lumby and then about 10km down the FSR. Has an outhouse, not sure about tables. You take some elevation coming up the FSR so will be cooler than the Mabel Lake options, mercury hit 36oC today. I agree with previous comments that Mabel Lake will be busy and noisy this time of year and that bears are very much out and about.

    Enjoy your trip!
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    Suitcase 2 wheeled hobo

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    Only 7 or 8 kms up a local FSR ... good elevation, great view, lots of dry firewood, level area at abandoned logging landing for camping, a few creeks nearby. Kootenays are always a pleasure to see and ride into.






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  11. hutch81

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    Thanks for the tips everyone! I had never heard of BC day but apparently everyone is out camping, and every campground was packed. We ended up stealth camping a few kilometers up a FSR off of Enderby Mabel Lake Rd. It worked out great, we had the place to ourselves. Already planning the next trip up to the Kootenays, beautiful country!
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  12. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Echo Lake in Revelstoke is an awesome spot, your guarantee to get a spot there as its not well known.
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    That reminds me of an 80'S song by Martha and the Muffins. I'll have to check it out.
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  14. KSO

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    Nice link. Whats the road like going to Fletcher Lake south of Kaslo and is their a large Grizzle population you need to be cautious about? I'm on an 800GSA and will be thru that area in about 10 days. Is it worth camping there or should one look else where?
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    always be cautious of bears.....needless to say they can be anywheres in BC.
    have foon!
    ps: lycan....it's echo beach
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  16. MCMXCIVRS

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    I haven't been up to that lake, but it looks like its a hike in only destination; the road will only get you to the trail head. The roads around there that I've been on are generally pretty decent if they are passable at all. If you want a nice spot near Kaslo that you can ride to, check out Milford lake just a little bit north off hwy 31. Its high elevation and a good climb up a rougher narrow but easy to ride road.

    There are certainly plenty of bears in the area. I've only seen black bears, but I have no doubt there are grizzlies too. Practice bear smart camping and carry bear spray or other means of bear deterrent. Since you are coming up from the US, you will need to be sure it is actual bear spray and labeled as such not pepper spray which is illegal up here and can't be brought across the border. Best to check the regulations closely to avoid border hassles.

    I'll be heading out into that area in a couple weeks as well, doing a week long route to end up in Nakusp for the BeeCee Beemers rally.
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    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    I knew that. Would not Echo Lake have a beach, and that would be Echo......

    Far away in time...
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  18. edwin

    edwin Been here awhile

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    thats right....one echo lk in sask....hmmmd tune when i saw its beach.
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  19. alberta bob

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    trout creek road north of kaslo is a nice ride on a gs some places to camp and access to fsr
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    Thanks
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