Echo Lake Provincial Park, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Echo Lake Provincial Park lies within the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. It’s around an hour drive from Vernon and about 30 minutes from Lumby. It is an underrated treasure of a lake with crystal clear waters with a gorgeous emerald color. Nestled in the mountains of Creighton Valley this gorgeous lake is the perfect place for relaxation and tranquility.
We decided it was the perfect place for our trusty, but also leaky Explorer 200. Shot out to Intex for being cheapest go-to inflatable out there. Seriously Intex, if your reading this, can you make an inflatable that lasts more than one float without springing a leak.
Limits on the size of motors allowed on boats helps to preserve this pristine paradise. You will hear nothing but the birds and insects as well as the occasional quiet hum of a small fishing boat passing by.
Echo Lake provides a serene and peaceful kayaking experience and you can circumnavigate the lake in it’s entirety within a couple of hours.
There are several rope swings all along the lake and we have used them before, but at this particular time the lake was a bit too chilly so we opted out of swinging.
Echo Lake is popular for fishing and a great place to see all kinds of wildlife. Species of fish include, rainbow, lake trout and kokanee salmon.
The water is so clear that just sitting on the edge of the water you can spot plenty of decent sized fish swimming by.
Once in a while you will hear the eerie, but beautiful call of the Loons that live on the lake. You may also be lucky enough to see a bald eagle catch it’s diner right in front of you.
Steep mountains covered with thick dense forest surround the lake on all sides.
Kayaking Echo Lake is a must try experience and perfect for a hot summer day. I suggest bringing a couple cold drinks along with you and jumping in the brisk water whenever you overheat.
There are a couple of areas with small beaches, as well as a few little lagoons along the lake. Spots to spend the day are limited, which could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it. It’s good in a way because it means that the lake will never get over crowded. On the other hand, if you plan to go there for the day and make the long drive all the way out there, you may find that all of the spots have already been taken.
Weekdays aren’t too busy, but weekends in the middle of the summer can get busy. This is why I suggest heading out there as early as possible so you can claim a spot for the day. Campsites and cabins are also available for rent at really affordable rates at Echo Lake Resort. There is also a decent sized beach that can only be reached by trekking a couple of kilometers around one side of the lake.
***** Five Stars
Echo Lake Provincial Park is well worth a visit and provides a stark contrast to the Okanagan Valley’s dry desert-like conditions. When your there you feel like your deep in the wilderness and I guess you kind of are, even though civilization lies only 30 minutes away. Bring your books, your kids, inflatables, fishing rods, kayaks and achieve peace of mind while relaxing by this truly incredible lake. Given all the beauty and tranquility of Echo Lake Provincial Park, I would definitely suggest a visit and rate this lake 5 out of 5.