EQ Trails


Skimikin Lake Equestrian Camping and Trails

Rec site will be open for camping April 1st 2018- hope to see you there!


 Skimikin Forestry Campsite

Contact Shirley Bates 250 803-8345 or eqsbates@gmail.com

Caretakers - Dorie and Darrell Pankratz 250 803-1513 or email dorieproc@icloud.com 

TRAIL RIDING, EQUESTRIAN EVENTS AND CAMPING are popular pastimes in the Skimikin area that is less than 15 minutes off the Trans-Canada Highway. It features a quiet and secluded campsite at picturesque Skimikin Lake. At the entrance is ample parking for day users of the trails for hiking, biking and riding.

A narrow forest road leads into the camp. The first sight is of the lake, and then the spacious campsites with picnic tables and fire pits. There are 15 paddocks for equine use with double corrals and pull-through parking spaces. Many tall trees make high lining an easy option. A caretaker on site collects a small fee and sells maps. Due to  rules of the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations reservations are not allowed.

There are over 100 kilometers of marked and mapped trails for short and long rides, some with spectacular views. A new short trail leads around the lake. The Endurance Riders have hosted competitions here over the past few years. The equestrian campsite is managed by the EQ Trails Association that is active in creating and maintaining trails in and around the Shuswap, especially in support of the Shuswap Trail Alliance. Inquiries may be made by phoning Shirley Bates 250-835-4496                  

  Click Here for a Trail Map of the Skimikin Trails. 

This map is geo-referenced and works with Avenza, a free Mobile App.  Simply download the App and the map to your smart phone and use it when out on the trails at Skimikin to see where you are.      

Horse Corrals beside pull through campsites, picnic tables and firepits at each site.


Looking across the lake toward the the equine section of the campground

Skimikin Lake - view from campground

Picnic table at one of the regular campsites, with equine section in the distance.

Fall riding at Skimikin - day use is very popular.