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I'm looking for a drive in campsite on a lake front that has a kid friendly swimming beach.
I'm looking at the area of Buttle lake, Morton lake and Upper Campbell but I've never been and I'd appreciate any suggestions.
Loveland bay is all booked up but Morton and Buttle have some options.
I'm thinking next thursday, fri and sat (in case I have to go 1st come 1st served.)
I have a boat but was thinking of towing a trailer instead.
Any suggestions? PM me. thanks
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Today we went boating, if we caught a fish....then we went FISHING!!!!
THUS LOWERING EXPECTATIONS, WHILE ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE OF TIME SPENT ON THE WATER!!! FishNmemories
This is very much my same question but looking for a little more specifics of the campsites if anyone is willing to share or pm.
Have van and hard top tent trailer, 12ft tinny sits on top or canoe but not both, kids 12 and 9, wife that is not too interested in a rec site, she prefers the Gordon bay or French beach approach but willing to extend a little more.
We are looking at mid to late August, during the week and into a weekend, have heard great things about LB but any sites available are gone before my computer can think twice. Have tried for 2 years and can't get a a spot.
Looking at Morton or either Buttle lake spots. Have heard good about all but questions are more aimed at boat access and leaving at beach? Can put wheels on tinny but is it too far to walk boat from Morton spot 18 to lake launch? To Mahun lake launch? Can I chain boat up overnight when at camp site? Am I better off with the canoe?
How about Buttle? Can I leave tinny at beach, what sites are suggested if this was available? Better fishing end of the lake?
I will be on the water at 4 till 10 every morning, spend day with family on a few hikes and then back on water in evening. Hopefully one kid or both in tow most of the time. Wife will not fish, I didn't get that lucky.
Thanks, guys, any help is appreciated. Any fishing advise is helpful as well but I can work that out for myself. Mostly looking for the put in, take out and leave it there details. 20 years ago we left a tinny at Pine point, Cowichan for a few hours out of site of our spot and it was gone, people saw but didn't realize it was being stolen.
Morton would be way more kid friendly. Better beach warmer water.
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Last edited by triplenickel; 05-14-2013 at 05:30 PM.
Wow, thanks Triplenickel, that's exactly the kind of info I was hoping for. Sounds like we wouldn't be unhappy anywhere. I have not been to Strathcona since I was a teenager and I am sure it has changed quite a bit in 30 years. My wife really wants into loveland but sounds like Morton would be just as nice?
Anyone else? James
I concur great area! We stayed at loveland bay 2 yrs ago the guy kept it really nice. Were not normally pay site people but we rolled in so late and got lost so we spent a night there. So many spots. Id suggest grabbing a backroads map book if you dont have one.
Im sad with the price of gas I dont think ill plan more then one or two trips up there from Vic this year.
Many moons ago we used to go farther north or west but this time we are looking for all things, I think everyone has hit that age. Kids want and need some freedom but in a place where they have a decent shot at meeting other kids, wife prefers a little more civillity hense the tent trailer which she is very happy with, ground was getting a little hard. Me I have a hammock or could sleep on the rocks as long as I get to fish, drink a few pops and NOT think about work. Seems to take me 4 or 5 days to get to that point.
I will be spending a few hours with the backroad map and checking out the rec sites when we are up there. I see quite a few but many are very small. My family holidays always end up at mid-late August, we spend alot of time on school work and my work schedule is somewhat controlled. I know it is impossible to find a spot at the rec sites on cowichan at this time of year and even most of the smaller ones farther west so we didn't want to risk getting up to Campbell river and finding same issue. Few more years and wife and I will go back to the stop when and where we want mentality.
Will find wood at a pile, there's always one around. I agree about dog off leash but with current hound that is not a possible anyways, Several calls from the pound have confirmed that. Rescue dog with issues, love him but he was abused and full of anxiety.
Looking forward to this year, hopefully more relaxing than last years debacle! Let's just say vehicle issue, dog issue, flu issue, new allergy issue. May take a couple more years before we look back and find it funny!! Oh yeah, it rained!!