Covering the heart of BC’s interior, including the cities of Kamloops, Kelowna, Merritt and Penticton, this Mapbook is your ultimate guide to camping, hiking, fishing, ATVing, snowmobiling, hunting, cross-country skiing, paddling and more in this incredible region. From the lush forests of Manning Provincial Park to the sparkling waters of Okanagan Lake, the arid desert landscape around Osoyoos, the pristine beaches of the Shuswap and the vast wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park, the Thompson Okanagan is an outdoor explorer’s paradise. To help you make the most of your time in this incredible area, the Backroad Mapbooks team has created the most comprehensive, detailed and easy-to-use Mapbook available for the region, so you can embark on the outdoor adventure of your choice with confidence.
We have spent countless hours updating our maps and expanding our written content to allow you to navigate this magical part of BC as smoothly as possible. Our maps now feature private and leased land, labelled sportfish species for lakes and rivers, updated fish stocking and hiking trail charts, an updated and expanded Community Profiles section plus countless new roads, trails and paddling routes. Of course, this Mapbook includes all the classic features you have come to expect from our products including industry-leading topographic relief and shading, thousands of adventure Points of Interest, written Adventure descriptions and much more. No other navigational tool provides you with as much recreation information for the Thompson Okanagan as this one.
The latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook contains 52 maps at 1:200,000 scale. Our industry-leading road coverage shows you all the highways, rural roads, forest service roads and resource roads, plus multi-use trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. We also show you private and leased land, First Nations reserves, provincial and national parks, paddling routes and portages, ecological reserves, glaciers, wetlands and thousands of adventure Points of Interest. These 21.5 cm x 28 cm (8.5" x 11") maps are printed on thick, durable paper protected by a heavy-duty spiral-bound cover. You won’t find a longer-lasting, easier-to-use or more detailed collection of maps for the Thompson Okanagan anywhere.
Our handy index is divided into Map and Adventure sections to make it as easy to use as possible. Here you will find page numbers and map coordinates for each activity and location, community information boxes with elevation and population, activity chart information boxes for trails and fish stocking, plus important numbers and an advertiser list for easy referencing.
Our convenient service directory lists the best places to find accommodations, supplies and tours and guides in the Thompson Okanagan, including hunting and fishing equipment in Merritt, Little Fort, Kelowna, Clearwater, Princeton and more.
Included in this Mapbook are Community Profiles for the region’s major centres, including Armstrong, Vernon, Sicamous, Barriere, Ashcroft and more. These profiles fill you in on the best things to see and do in the outdoors around these communities, plus offer insight into local history, culture and where to find services and accommodations.
With over 128,000 km of roads shown on our maps, from highways to logging and resource roads, there is no shortage of backcountry to explore in the Thompson Okanagan. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find over 65 listings for the best places to stop while exploring the region, including hot springs, old mines, museums, waterfalls and more, including the world-famous wineries of the Okanagan Valley and natural attractions like Spotted Lake and the Savona Caves.
The abundance of nutrient-rich alkali lakes in this region, along with thousands of kilometers of freshwater streams and rivers, make the Thompson Okanagan one of the best areas for trout fishing in the province. The 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook describes over 400 fishing lakes and close to 80 rivers, showing you the best places to catch rainbow trout, brook trout, kokanee and more. Fish species are clearly labelled on the maps and you will find detailed written descriptions complete with information on stocking, regulations, access, techniques and more, and we include easy-to-read stocking charts for over 180 of the region’s water bodies.
A mild climate and a wide range of terrain make the Thompson Okanagan a very productive hunting area. From big game hunting for black bear, moose and deer to wild turkey and grouse, an excellent hunting opportunity is always just around the corner. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Mapbook you will find detailed descriptions on the region’s main game species, tips on how to find them plus write-ups for 46 of the area’s Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), from McBride all the way to Rock Creek.
From canoeing on a secluded mountain lake to charging down a rushing whitewater river, the Thompson Okanagan offers a little bit of everything for paddlers. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 55 of the region’s best paddling destinations complete with information on put-ins/take-outs, distance, difficulty, highlights and more, from the meandering Similkameen River to the big waters of Mabel Lake and beyond.
No matter which type of outdoor adventure you prefer, from hiking to camping to wildlife viewing, the Thompson Okanagan’s provincial and regional parks offer some of the best areas to do it in. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 130 listings for the region’s parks complete with information on access, amenities, activities and more, from the stunning old growth forest of Granby Provincial Park to the windswept grasslands of Lac du Bois Provincial Park and beyond.
Rec Site Adventures
Offering a more rustic and secluded experience than most provincial parks, the many recreation sites maintained by Recreation Sites and Trails BC throughout the Thompson Okanagan allow you to have an authentic experience with nature in some of the province’s most beautiful natural settings. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 300 of the region’s recreation sites complete with information on camping space, amenities, activities and more, from Abbot Lake to Zum Peak.
From the world-famous Kettle Valley Railway to the dramatic peaks of Cathedral Provincial Park and the community-built mountain bike trails of the Okanagan Valley, there is a huge variety of multi-use trails to explore in the region. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find detailed listings for over 330 trails for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ATVing complete with information on distance, elevation gain, access to the trailhead, highlights along the trail and much more. We also include easy-to-read trail charts for over 120 trails in the region’s main hiking areas.
Mild weather, a relatively sparse population and an expansive network of logging and resource roads and trails make the Thompson Okanagan an incredible destination for ATVers. In the 5th Edition Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook, you will find over 90 detailed listings for the best places to ride in the region complete with information on staging areas, trail distance, elevation gain, difficulty and more, from the mountains around Valemount to the extensive trail system around Bear Creek.
Despite a mild climate in the lower elevations, the mountains of the Thompson Okanagan receive abundant snowfall and there is no shortage of world-class snowmobiling terrain, with wide-open bowls, cut blocks, tree riding, hill climbs and more. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find 60 listings for the best places to snowmobile in the area complete with information on staging areas, trail length, suggested routes, elevation gain, highlights and more, from the Coquihalla Summit to the Interlakes area and beyond.
With an incredibly diverse landscape that ranges from inland desert to large wetlands, secluded valleys, alpine mountain ranges, sweeping forests, grasslands and more, the amount and variety of wildlife you can see in the Thompson Okanagan is astounding. From big mammals like black bears and bighorn sheep to hundreds of bird species, reptiles and amphibians, wildlife viewers can have a real field day here. In the latest edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find detailed listings for over 70 of the region’s best wildlife viewing areas complete with information on access, species, best times of year or day to view them and more, from the abundant birding opportunities of the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area to the wilds of Mud Lake Delta Provincial Park.
Known for its abundance of fluffy snow in the higher elevation mountainous areas, the Thompson Okanagan offers a wealth of opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, fat biking, snowboarding, ice skating, tobogganing and much more. In the latest edition of our Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook you will find over 30 listings for the best places to get outdoors in the winter complete with information on access, hours, contact, amenities, trail length and much more, from the slopes of Sun Peaks to the China Ridge trail system near Princeton.
Backcountry Hut & Cabin Adventures
Brand new to this edition of the Thompson Okanagan Backroad Mapbook is a Backcountry Hut & Cabin Adventure section, providing you with over 30 detailed listings of the best places to find shelter while hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, ATVing or fishing. These listings fill you in on cabin size, amenities, access, contact information, applicable fees and much more, from the Allan Creek Cabin to the Westridge Hut.
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|Map Number||Coordinate||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
Lemieux Lake (Map 33/D2)
Found north of Little Fort off of a secondary road from the Lemieux Creek Forest Service Road, this small lake offers some decent angling for stocked eastern brook trout and rainbow trout. A small canoe or float tube would be best to explore the lake. Try the inlet and outlet streams for feeding brookies.
Shere Lake (Map 50/C6)
Tucked between the Fraser River and the Tete Jaune-Croydon Forest Service Road, this small lake is home to a recreation site and trail. Visitors can find a few stocked brook trout here.
Scuitto Lake Recreation Site (Map 22/F4)
A new recreation site is found on Scuitto Lake. It offers camping and a cartop boat launch.
Sulphurous Lake Rec Site (Map 32/C2)
A new recreation site is found along the northern shore of Sulphurous Lake. It is a day-use only site offering picnic tables and a boat launch.
|15||A6||Quilchena Falls rest on private property in the Douglas Lake Ranch and there is no public access or trail to these falls. The ranch owners have asked us to remind the public to please respect private property and not to cross any gates or jump any fences.||2019||2019-11-13|
|21||G4||Map 21/G4–22/A4 The Chuwhels Motorized Trails trail system around Lac le Jeune is not an authorized ATV or snowmobile area so riders are asked to go elsewhere.||2016||2017-09-07|
|21||G4||Map 21/G6–22/C4 The trail system around Lac le Jeune is not an authorized ATV or snowmobile area so riders are asked to go elsewhere.||2016||2017-09-07|
|22||B4||The Bush Lake Interpretive Forest trail system no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|22||B5||This trail system is simply called the Stake Lake Cross-Country Ski Trails. The Lac Le Jeune trails are informal and not maintained.||2016||2017-09-07|
|22||F4||A new recreation site is found on Scuitto Lake. It offers camping and a cartop boat launch.||2016||2017-09-07|
|22||G1||Map 22/G1-23/A1 The Pinatan Lake Trails no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|27||F7||The Tranquille Meadow Recreation Site no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|27||G5||Map 27/G5–32/G7 Last report the Masters Subalpine Trek no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|28||B3||The Rea Lake Circuit trail system no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|28||C5||The Jamieson Creek Snowmobile trail system is not an authorized ATV or snowmobile area so riders are asked to go elsewhere.||2016||2017-09-07|
|28||F4||Knouff Lake and Sullivan Lake are misnamed on the map. Sullivan Lake is the bigger lake to the south, while Knouff Lake is the smaller lake to the north.||2016||2017-09-07|
|29||A6||The Eileen Lake Trails no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|29||A7||The Pemberton Lake Recreation Site is tenting only.||2016||2017-09-07|
|32||C2||A new recreation site is found along the northern shore of Sulphurous Lake. It is a day-use only site offering picnic tables and a boat launch.||2016||2017-09-07|
|33||B5||The Thuya Lakes Snowmobile trail system is not an authorized ATV or snowmobile area so riders are asked to go elsewhere.||2016||2017-09-07|
|33||G6||The Birk-Leone Loop trail no longer exists.||2016||2017-09-07|
|37||B2||Flourmills Trail inside Wells Gray Park is no longer a snowmobile trail. Same for the Spanish Lake Trail. However, the Mica Mountain Snowmobile Area is found to north of these trails.||2016||2017-09-07|
|Page Number||Comment||Publication Year||Update Date|
|70||No longer stocked
Arthur Lake (Map 24/A4)
Found off the Bolean Lake Road (good two-wheel drive access), Arthur Lake has a recreation site complete with a cartop boat launch. The 75 hectare (185 ac) lake offers good fishing for rainbow through the summer.
|70||Updated lake names in description
Badger and Spooney Lakes (Map 28/E3)
Badger and Spooney Lakes are separated by a narrow channel that offers fishing for rainbow. Also in the area are Little and West Badger and Little Spooney Lakes. West Badger Lake is stocked occasionally with rainbow.
|71||No longer stocked
Barton Lake (Map 16/C4)
Small rainbow trout are found in this 45 hectare (110 ac) lake. The lake is best fished during the spring and fall. Access to this lake is by a long hike/four-wheel drive road, ensuring little fishing pressure.
|71||The lake is also stocked rainbow trout
Becker Lake (Map 17/E1)
Becker Lake is a small fishing lake east of Vernon that is stocked annually with brook and rainbow trout. Access to the lake is along the two-wheel drive Becker Road and there is a recreation site with cartop boat launch and campground.
|72||No longer stocked
Bob’s Lake (Map 15/D7)
The 10 hectare (25 ac) lake has a recreation site with a cartop boat launch and a camping area. The lake provides good fishing for small rainbow that can reach 1 kg (2 lbs) in size. There is a special retention limit here.
|78||Updated map coordinates
Eileen Lake (Map 29/A7)
Eileen Lake is found on a two-wheel drive access road south of Sun Peaks and provides a reasonably good fishery for small stocked rainbow. The 10 hectare (25 ac) lake warms in the summer so it is best to fish in the spring or fall. It is possible to launch small boats at the lake.
|78||Updated map coordinates
Elbow Lake (Map 27/G1)
Elbow Lake is a hike-in lake that offers great fishing for stocked rainbow trout up to 1 kg (2 lbs). Check the regulations for special restrictions and retention limits before heading out.
|80||No longer stocked
Grizzly Lake (Map 17/F4)
Grizzly Lake used to offer fishing for large rainbow trout but the quality of fishing has declined over the years since the dam went in (1978). The lake still offers fish up to 45 cm (18 in). The reservoir covers 138 hectares (340 ac) and has two places to launch boats and rustic camping opportunities.
|80||These lakes are stocked
Grizzly Lakes (Map 37/C6)
Grizzly Lakes offer fishing opportunities for rainbow that grow to a healthy 3 kg (6.5 lbs) in size. A good area to focus your fishing efforts is near the inflow or outflow creeks found on the eastern lake. There is a recreation site available with a boat launch on this lake, which is stocked on occasion. Check the regulations for special restrictions.
|80||Rename Grouse Lake
Willowgrouse Lake (Map 33/B4)
Willowgrouse Lake can be reached via portage or by a trail in Emar Lakes Provincial Park. The lake provides good fly-fishing for rainbow trout up to 2 kg (4.5 lbs), especially during spring chironomid hatches.
|80||Typo on name
Hallamore Lake (Map 33/E3)
Hallamore Lake can found off the Dunn Lake Road south of Clearwater. The lake offers fair fishing for rainbow that can reach 1 kg (2 lbs) in size.
|82||No longer stocked
Hudson Bay Lake (Map 16/E3)
Although fishing can be slow, rainbow trout and brook trout up to 2 kg (4.5 lbs) are found in this small 5 hectare (12 ac) lake. The lake is accessed by a two-wheel drive spur road south of Whiteman Creek Forest Service Road and has a retention limit of only two fish.
Island Lake (Map 9/B3)
Island Lake offers small rainbow that can be caught fairly regularly throughout the ice-free season. This Island Lake rests in Eneas Lakes Park and is 7.6 hectares (19 ac) in size.
|83||Typo on name
Jameson Lake (Map 2/C2)
Jameson Lake is reached by a short hike off of the often gated Darcy Mine Road. Because of the limited access, the 20 hectare (50 ac) lake has fairly good fishing for small rainbow.
|84||No longer stocked
Knight Lake [Echo Lake] (Map 21/B6)
Knight Lake is a small 6 hectare (15 ac) lake accessed by a short trail leading west from Roscoe Lake. The lake receives little fishing pressure but offers some very good fishing for smaller rainbow if you can get beyond the muddy shoreline and lily pads.
|84||Rename Knouff Lake and updated description
Sullivan Lake (Map 28/F4)
Sullivan Lake is often confused with nearby Knouff Lake to the north as both lakes offer good fishing for rainbow trout throughout the ice-free season by fly-fishing or trolling. There is a recreation site at the north end as well as a resort.
Loon Lake (Map 26/D3)
Easily accessed on the Loon Lake Road southeast of Clinton, this 970 hectare (2,395 ac) lake is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 naturally stocked lakes in North America. Although, the rainbow trout here are generally smaller, what they lack in size they make up in quantity and fight as they are acrobatic Kamloops strain of trout. Fishing remains active throughout the season and there are resorts, camping and boat launches available.
|86||Typo on name
McCaffrey Lake (Map 8/A5)
This small lake offers a surprisingly good fishery for small rainbow and given its easy access, it is a good choice for a family outing. The lake also produces well during ice fishing season for the brook trout that inhabit the lake. An undeveloped boat launch and picnic area is available at the lake, which is stocked annually with rainbow.
|90||Typo on name
Proctor Lake (Map 24/E6)
Proctor Lake is found on a four-wheel drive road south of Armstrong and offers decent fishing for rainbow trout that can grow up to 1 kg (2 lbs). Try in the early summer or fall with a fly or small spinner.
Skmana and Little Skmana Lakes (Map 29/D6)
Recently rehabilitated, these lakes have been restocked with rainbow and are ready for some great angling action. Accessed off the Loakin Bear Creek Road out of Chase, there is a recreation site at the lake, as well as a resort and trails to explore.
|92||Update name and add stocked
Specs Lakes (Map 17/F4)
Located in a mess of great fishing lakes southeast of Vernon, this trio of lakes offers fair fishing for rainbow. Lower Spec or Spec 1 is stocked and remains the most popular fishery for generally smaller fish. The middle Specs Lake is prone to winterkill and offers up the odd bigger fish, while the upper lake is the least fished.
|94||Updated name and description
Twin Lakes [Nipit & Horn Lakes] (Map 3/E2)
Easily accessed off Highway 3A on the Twin Lake Road, this pair of lakes offers a decent fishery for brook trout as well as rainbow, kokanee and even carp. Nipit (Lower Twin) Lake is home to a resort and boat launch and is stocked regularly with brook trout, rainbow trout and kokanee. Upper Twin Lake is also known as Horn Lake and is not stocked. Both lakes are best trolled, but are subject to an electric motor only restriction.
|94||No longer stocked
Victor Lake (Map 31/G4)
Victor Lake is a blip on the Eagle River and holds many of the same species (cutthroat, lake and bull trout, kokanee and whitefish), but the prime reason most come here to fish is for the rainbow. Victor Lake Park offers access to the lake.
|123||Access is via a 4wd road
Bleeker Lake Recreation Site (Map 22/E5)
In the Roche Lake area, off of the Bleeker Lake Forest Service Road, this small site hosts five campsites and a boat launch for good fishing opportunities. Access is limited to four-wheel drive vehicles.
|135||This recreation site no longer exists
Tranquille Meadow Recreation Site (Map 27/F7)
If I buy the print edition, can I get a copy of the PDF included? The print makes sense for planning while the PDF would be useful on the road.