Neskonlith Lake is a 40 minute drive from Kamloops. Access to the lake is through Neskonlith Provincial Park. There is a hand launch spot not far past the first campsites. I launched my kayak on a mild June day and paddled clockwise around the lake. A circuit of the whole lake is 11.5 km and that goal is best done on a day with little wind. On this day, I paddled the east end of the lake, a 6 km loop.
Much of the hillside above the lake was burned in the fires of 2003. Skeletal trees are now surrounded by new shrub growth. The southern slopes of Mount Morrisey extend down toward the valley on the west end of the lake.
After paddling the lake, I returned to Shuswap Road, then decided to go up the McGillivray Forest Service Road, a 16 km climb to over 1400m, coming back through Sun Peaks for a scenic loop.