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On Ross Moore Lake – Kamloops Trails

On Ross Moore Lake – Kamloops Trails

by Doug Smith

On Ross Moore Lake – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  November 24, 2020 at 9:00 am

I drove backroads all the way to Ross Moore Lake, something I do every year.   The date has to be after the roads dry out so we make the trip sometime between June and September.  It takes about an hour to get to the lakeshore, making all the right turns on the many forested backroads in a remote area.   The first part of the drive is through the scenic Long Lake Hills.

There is a small recreation site on the southeast corner of the lake with a good boat launch area.  I launched the kayak and then paddled 3.2 km around the lakeshore.   In some years, I go around the lake twice.

A late morning breeze brought a chop to the lake, but the winds also cleared out the low-hanging clouds.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers cabins on the north shoreline were closed up for a Covid year.

When the lake was dammed it flooded some swampy areas in bays and the snags are still standing

There were some sandhill cranes on the shoreline.   I drifted in as close as they would allow to get some photos.

On the way back I turned onto the McConnell Forest Service Road to make a loop route, stopping at the Bute Lakes to take a short hike in and back out.   The small lakes are at their best in late spring.   I plan to return in early June next year.

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Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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