Butters is rapidly becoming one of the most popular mountain bike trails in the Slocan Valley. Access is up a steep logging road which if you are not super fit you should definitely consider shuttling this one. The climb is relentless and a little rocky. Take the first left to access lower Butters which is a little steeper and technical than Upper Butters. Lower Butters is mostly blue with some black diamond sections. Upper Butters starts from the second left and is nice and flowy. Small signposts at the trailheads but helpful to have the GPS trail information particularly for accessing the top of lower butters.
Lots of information on trails in the nakusp region at www.nakusptrails.ca
this trail makes an awesome option to hike up, do a hot springs soak and then return, or mountain bike up and return, or a descent from the hot springs with someone else driving your vehicle for the pick up. can be easily combined with kimbol lake trail.
The Meadow Mountain Cabin is managed under partnership agreement by the Nelson Sno-Goers and bookings can be made by going to http://nelsonsno-goers.webs.com/apps/links/ There is a $10 fee per person for overnight use of the cabin. Popular in the spring as a snowmobiling destination. Restrictions apply on snowmobiling in this area as there is a catskiing operation in the vicinity. More Information.
Also great summer hiking opportunities in the area with incredible views of the Goat Range. Paragliding from Meadow Mountain and top-landing in spring and summer incredible as well
Driving Directions:From the community of Meadow Creek, take the Meadow Creek road north for 3.1 km until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right fork onto the Meadow Mountain Forest Service Road, cross a bridge and keep to the left at all intersections until you reach kilometre 9.4. At this point take a right, and then a left at 10.3 km. For the remainder of the drive, keep right at all intersections . It’s a long drive. Meadow Mountain is at 28.1 km and the cabin is at 29.0 km. A high clearance vehicle is necessary , and 4wd is recommended as there are steep rough sections on the road.
This beautiful lake is found in the narrow valley of Fitzstubbs Creek, backed by the 2300 m peaks of the Nakusp Range. It is popular with family groups, as it offers something for everyone. The level sites beneath trees are suitable for tents, campers or trailers. Long weekends find folks coming from far and wide to gather for reunions, do some fishing for Kokanee and rainbow trout, swim, bike ride, play bocce and horseshoes. For those who want to get away from the crowds, a small hidden lake joined to Beaver Lake by a narrow stream, is accessible by canoe. Canoeists will also find the inlet and outlet stream interesting. Mountain biking on the Wilson Creek Forest Service Road is popular. Keep your eye open for wildlife coming down to the creek for water. Boating restriction: electric motors only. 8 campsites and a boat launch.
Driving Directions:Turn off Highway 6, at Rosebery, onto the “East Wilson Creek Road”. This road soon turns into the “Wilson Creek Forest Service Road”. Follow this good 2 wheel drive gravel road. At 5 km the road forks, stay left. Just before the orange and white 20 km marker, turn left at the “Beaver Lake Recreation Site” sign onto a good 2 wheel drive dirt road. Follow this road for 400 meters to the campsite.
SITE FEES IN EFFECT SUMMER 2014 Fees will be collected from May to October Annually at a rate of $12.00/night ($6.00/night for seniors). In the spring and early summer, trout fishing makes this a popular weekend retreat for area residents. The lake is stocked with both rainbow trout and eastern brook trout. On long weekends, Box Lake becomes the site for family reunions. Later in the season, the towering cedar and hemlock surrounding Box Lake campsite, provide a cool and shady retreat, while the sun beats down. The lake warms to comfortable swimming temperatures in mid summer. In the fall look for mushrooms under the cedar and hemlock trees. Boating restriction: electric motors only.
Driving Directions: From the junction of Highway 6 and 23 in Nakusp, travel east on Highway 6 towards New Denver for 10 km. About 2.5 km before the Box Lake turn off, you will begin to get views of the lake from the highway. At 10 km, look for a brown 4×4 post with white lettering, signed “Box Lake” on your right. Turn off Highway 6 at this sign, onto a good 2 wheel drive dirt road. Proceed 1.9 km to a sharp right turn, which will take you into the recreation site.
Cameron Lake is a popular fishing spot best suited to cartop boats and canoes. It is about 2 km long with an irregular, marshy shoreline and a mud bottom. The campsite faces east catching the early morning sun. Later in the day a mixed forest of mature trees shade the site.
Driving Directions:Access from Arrow Park Ferry: At the ferry terminus set your odometer. Your odometer readings will not conform to the km signs on the road. Within 200 meters of leaving the ferry, turn right onto the road marked “Saddle Mountain Road Revelstoke”. Follow this road, past the “Saddle Lookout” road, for 11.6 km to the junction with the “Low Pass Road”. Reset your odometer. Stay right following the lake on the “Blackie Rogers Road” for another 12.9 km to a major intersection marked “Fostall Point”, “Fostall Road”, “Blackie Road” and “Cameron Lake Road”. Turn left onto the “Cameron Lake Road”. Reset your odometer. Stay on the “Cameron Lake Road” for 6.2 km, passing “Branch 10” and other new roads. At 6.2 km the road forks again. This time take the right fork. The lake will be visible soon, as the recreation site is 1.8 km from this last junction. Alternate access from the Fostall Road: Cameron Lake can also be accessed from near the “17 km” sign on the “Fostall Road”. From the “Fostall Road” to Cameron Lake it is 5.1 km. This road has some steep, rough sections. A 4×4 vehicle with good clearance is recommended.
Catherine Lake is a popular fishing lake best suited to cartop boats and canoes. Camping is popular at Catherine too, with a choice of grassy or treed sites. Most of the campsites are quite private, being hidden along the shoreline amongst the trees. Each of the 4 campsite has a trail going down to the shore.
Driving Directions: Access from Arrow Park Ferry: At the ferry terminus set your odometer. Your odometer readings will not conform to the km signs on the road. Within 200 meters of leaving the ferry, turn right onto the road marked “Saddle Mountain Road Revelstoke”. Follow this road, past the “Saddle Lookout” road, for 11.6 km to the junction with the “Low Pass Road”. Reset your odometer. Stay right following the lake on the “Blackie Rogers Road” for another 12.9 km to a major intersection marked “Fostall Point”, “Fostall Road”, “Blackie Road” and “Cameron Lake Road”. Continue straight ahead on the “Fostall Road”. Reset your odometer. Travel 5.2 km up the “Fostall Road” to a junction with “North Fostall Revelstoke”. Turn right onto the “North Fostall Revelstoke” road. Reset your odometer. Continue along this road for 3.6 km. At the junction with “Middle Fostall Road”, stay right on “North Fostall Revelstoke”.Travel another 2 km to a junction with “Vanstone Road”. Turn right onto “Vanstone Road” and proceed 4.2 km to the “17 km” road marker. Turn right onto a narrow, dirt, 2 wheel drive road. Travel 1.7 km to the Catherine Lake Recreation Site.
This is one of the few pure stands of old growth Western Red Cedar in the area. The loop trail through these giants is easy enough for toddlers through to “opals” – older people with active lifestyles. The height of these western red cedar trees will have you craning your neck as your eyes follow the massive trunks towards the sky. The understorey is dominated by Lady fern and Devil’s club, so beware if you venture off the trail. This is a pleasant retreat on a hot day. Bring a picnic and enjoy the stillness and quiet of this special place.
Driving Directions:From the junction of Highway 6 and 23 in Nakusp, travel north on Highway 23 for 3 km to the Nakusp Hot Springs turn off. Take the Hot Springs road for 10.8 km. Turn left onto the “Kuskanax Creek Forest Service Road”. Follow this steep, rough, loose surface, high clearance, 2 wheel drive road for 4.2 km. Turn left onto a dirt road, signed “Cedar Grove Trail 0.8 km”. Park at the “Large Western Red Cedar Grove” sign.
This is a beautiful campsite right at the mouth of Hadow Creek. There are six campsites suitable for tenting or small RVs . Great opportunities for camping, fishing, and boating are available here. 6 campsites.
Driving Directions:Heading from Nakusp, take a right at the junction near the Galena Bay Ferry and follow the highway sings towards Trout Lake (this would be a left coming off the ferry from Revelstoke). Zero your odometer here. Follow this Hwy for 17.7 Km where you cross a bridge and follow the signs to Beaton. Take a right on Fish River Road at 22.7 KM. Follow Fish River Road to 26.3 KM where you will find a bridge crossing the Fish River. Cross the bridge and take the immediate left. Zero your odometer again here. Travel the main line to 5.7KM, stay left at this junction. At 8.3 KM stay left on the main line. At 9.1KM, just after a bridge, take the left fork heading down towards the lake (Whiskey FSR). Follow the Whiskey FSR to 11 Km and find the Recreation site. You could also access the site by boat on the Beaton Arm.
In a forested setting right on the Halfway River there are two main pools to soak in. One set of pools has comfortable soaking boxes and decks made of salvaged wood. The other pool is right down adjacent to halfway river on the water; follow a 100 Meter trail to find it. The water comes out of a pipe at a temperature much too hot to soak in. You can control the flow, and add river water or snow to cool it down. There is a shelter for changing and an outhouse on site. Watch out for Poison Ivy in the summer months, the surrounding area is covered with it!
Driving Directions:From Nakusp drive approx. 26km North to Halfway River. Just before going over the bridge that crosses the halfway river, there is a FSR to the right. Turn onto this road and drive approx. 11.5km to the parking on main FSR. From Galena Bay drive approx. 22km South. On the drive you will pass Halcyon hot springs on your left. As you continue the drive keep your eyes open for the halfway river. Slow down driving over the bridge at Halfway River and take your first left on the FSR after the bridge. Drive approx. 11.5km to the parking on the main FSR. Once parked, you can follow the old road down to the toilet. Just behind the toilet you will see the path leading down to the various hot spring pools. If you have a high clearance 4×4 you can drive down the old road that leads to the toilet; there is space to park there. Park at the top and check the road before attemtping to drive it.