Campground: Horseshoe Lake Campground
We left Revelstoke with much regret and headed southwest toward Kamloops. And the prevailing geography changed considerably from green mountains to almost arid desert. Kamloops is a city in south central British Columbia at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River and near Kamloops Lake. It lies in the rain shadow leeward of the Coast Mountains and is biogeographically connected to similar semi-desert areas in the Okanagan region, and a much larger area covering the central/eastern portions of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Idaho in the US.
Our objective was Horseshoe Lake Campground in Roche Lake Provincial Park, 22 miles south of Kamloops. The campground has 4 campsites and we were a little concerned about a site especially as the road to the campground became a pothole heaven. Fortunately there were only two RV’s there. So we got the “pull thru” and Murray and Shelle took the back-in.
While the signs warned us about bears, the only animals we saw were cows from the nearby farms that roamed freely around the terrain. And we did get 2 mice in the 5th wheel while we were there.
The campsites overlooked the lake which was allegedly stocked with rainbow trout. Is this heaven or what? However, fishing Horseshoe Lake is an exercise in patience. One of the campers there was a young mom with 3 kids and a chainsaw (she liked to cut her own wood). We oiled her chainsaw and she lent Murray and Rich her rowboat. The guy in the other RV site had a belly boat. Waders just didn’t cut it on our side of the lake.