You have found yourself in Eagle Bay and now you're wondering what to do! Water activities and hiking are high on our list. Here are some ideas and information about access.
Fun on the Water
Whether you are into kayaking, surfing or sunbathing, Shuswap Lake is big enough for everyone.
We are lucky to have several public access points to the lake, all owned and maintained by the CSRD.
Whitehead Boat Launch is the public access point to launch your motorized vessel. It is free of charge and boasts a brand new dock! Parking is limited and users are encouraged to be considerate of others.
If you are looking to picnic on the beach or wanting to launch your kayak or canoe, Gail Road Waterfront Park, Wild Rose Bay and Shannon Beach Park, are great options and are also great for families.
Shannon Beach also is the location of the Kids Don't Float Safety Program sponsored by the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue and local organizations Eagle Bay Camp, Eagle Bay Community Association and Eagle Bay Fire Department. Free to borrow, kids personal floatation devices are provided.
To the far east of Eagle Bay is BC Provincial Marine Park Cinnemousun Narrows. A beautiful boat access only park there is camping, moorage for boats and a trail system that takes you up for a great view of the Narrows. Don't forget to stop in at the Shark Shack for fun drinks and tasty food and the Sea Store for supplies and gas.
The closest place for gas on the water is Anglemont Marina and boat gas is available at Blind Bay Village Store Shell station.
Please note that the majority of lakefront in Eagle Bay does not have public access and while the lakeshore is free to all, trespassing through private property to access is illegal.
Fun on the Trails
Eagle Bay is also home to some great hiking trails owned and maintained by the CSRD.
Wild Rose Bay is a beautiful, secluded park located near the end of Eagle Bay Road. The park features a recreational trail system with several loop options leading from the parking lot down to the shoreline. The moss trail is a favourite. The large parking area includes a vault toilet and garbage receptacle. Access by boat is difficult at low-water periods due to the rocky shoreline; however, the views across the lake from the point are unsurpassed.
Shannon Beach Trail Network consists of four kilometres of hiking and biking trails, with two loop options. It's a great family picnic destination, and cool place for a quiet walk in nature.
Rocky Martinson is a short half kilometre trail that connects Eagle Bay Road with the Ivy Road neighbourhood, creating a fun alternate for local mountain biking and walking. An old road creates a 1.4 km loop walk past an old historic root cellar back to the trailhead. Or alternately link and exploration of Ivy Road and the Shannon Beach Trails a little further east.
Check out Sarah aka Shuswap Adventure Girl for hiking ideas, group hikes and great tips.
Keep an eye out for Lise Rocks! Local artist Lise O'Brien loves to paint rocks and sometimes hides them on the Shuswap trails!
The Shuswap Trail Alliance is a great source for hiking throughout the Shuswap!
Many CSRD Parks in Eagle Bay are named for local pioneers. Check out our history page for their stories.
For more information on what to see and do in the area, check out Tourism Shuswap and the South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce for some great ideas!