Skimikin Lake Equestrian Camping and Trails
Contact Shirley Bates 250 803-8345 or email@example.com
Caretakers - Rick & Jean 778 552-4269
Expect a few changes to the campground in 2014 - first, we will have new caretakers as Dorie has retired, and second ATV's and motorbikes will only be allowed at the west end campsites. There will be no ATV's or motorbikes allowed to operate in the main campground or the equestrian section of the campground. Campers may trailer their bikes/ATV's out to the main parking lot and ride from there.
This change is being implemented by Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - signage is up.
Forestry has developed several new sites at the West end to accommodate the campers with ATV's. There is now a total of 16 sites. A second pit toilet and new picnic tables should be in before the May long weekend.
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 Competitive Trail Riders and 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 Shawnee Venables at 250 804-0602 or Shirley Bates 250-835-4496
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Trail Map for the Skimikin trails
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.