Nicola Lake BC Outdoor Recreation

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Merritt BC Camping & Fishing Nicola Lake 

Nicola Lake is a popular outdoor summer adventure destination site located just outside Merritt BC

Nicola Lake BC Outdoor Recreation spot. Photo Tania Stewart

Nicola Lake BC outdoor recreation destination located only thirty kilometers from Merritt BC.  The lake is perfectly situated in the South-Central Interior of  British Columbia, Canada. Therefore making Nicola Lake one of the best spots to enjoy the outdoors and experience everything that nature has to offer. "A Lake A Day For As Long As You Stay" is what we do well with over 200+ lakes, with ideal camping, great fishing and very friendly locals. Nicola Lake is a glacially formed narrow, deep lake ideal for all your outdoor adventures whether on land or in water.  Come and experience the Nicola Valley BC

Anglers dream Nicola Lake fishing. Picture by Tania Stewart
Endless blue skies kayaking Nicola Lake. Photo Tania Stewart

Nicola Lake BC Outdoor Recreation Fishing

Kayaking at Nicola Lake Merritt BC. Picture Tania Stewart

Nicola Lake is a popular outdoor recreation destination spot located in the heart of  Nicola Valley BC. It is an ideal spot for avid anglers, beginners, or for those just wanting to get out on the lake. Nicola Lake is home to 26 different species of fish. A dream destination for all anglers. Nicola Lake supports a variety of fish species that include bull trout, cutthroat trout, kokanee, rainbow, chinook, coho, burbot and more. Rainbow trout and kokanee are most popular with anglers. Also rainbows weigh up to 4 lbs. while Kokanee remain in the 1 lb. class.  Additionally, the most popular methods used are, trolling lures, flatfish, wedding bands and spinning gear. Although I have been told that shrimp are great for fishing off the shore or at the dock. 

Nicola Lake ranching views. Photo by Tania Stewart

"Of all the paths you take in life make some lead to the lake." Unknown

Stunning sunsets Nicola Lake Merritt BC. Picture by Tania Stewart
Fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking at Nicola Lake BC. Photo Tania Stewart

Monck Park Camping in Nicola Valley BC 

Monck Provincial Park Nicola Valley BC. Photo Tania Stewart
Monck Park is situated on the western side of Nicola Lake.  Monck Park is a popular Provincial camping site located in the Nicola Valley BC on the lake with 120 campsites, that provide power and water to tenting sites with no services. Whether your are looking for glamping or wanting a more rustic outdoor experience Nicola Lake BC is the ideal spot.  Additionally you can bring your powerboat for tubing or skiing!  Also adjacent to most campsites there is a well-maintained playground with a path to a public sandy beach. Great for day trips , picnics, swimming or just relaxing with a book. Monck Park beach area offers shaded covered tables, barbeque stands, washrooms, and a large grassy area for summer sporting activities.  

Monck Park picnic beach area. Photo Tania Stewart
Lake shore sandy beaches at Monck Park. Picture by Tania Stewart

Monck Park First Nations History Merritt BC 

Indigenous pit house resembled. Photo credit Coldwater Indian Band

Monck Provincial Park is located on the shores of the lake, at a site which once was a First Nation village. Today, these depressions known as quiggly holes,  were used for Indigenous pit houses. These are archaeological sites that include two First Nation pit house depressions located in the day-use beach park area. Furthermore, the Nlaka'pamux, Secw├ępemc, and Upper Nicola people wintered in these traditional permanent winter homes called "pit houses."  This log-framed structure would of been built over a dug-out floor and then covered with earth for insulation.  Interesting fact that the local Indigenous peoples built sustainable shelters for the climate and environment of the Nicola Valley BC.  

Yoga meditation on Nicola Lake BC. Picture credit Tania Stewart
Summer sport activities on Nicola Lake BC. Photo credit Tania Stewart

Outdoor Camping Fishing Adventures at Nicola Lake BC 

Family outdoor summer fun. Photo by Tania Stewart

Outdoor camping and fishing summer adventures on the beautiful waters of Nicola Lake BC. Come and enjoy the outdoors in the Nicola Valley BC water skiing, tubing, kayaking, hiking, wildlife spotting or a family picnic. Truly this is your destination outdoor summer spot. Important to follow water safety because Nicola Lake is known for sudden windstorms that pose danger to small boats and swimmers.  Important to always let others know when your going and never go alone. Nicola Lake outdoor recreational adventures are waiting for you in the Nicola Valley BC. 

Nicola Lake BC Summer Destination Spot 

Nicola Lake is a popular outdoor summer adventure destination site located just outside Merritt BC. Known worldwide as the destination site for sailors, windsurfers, paddleboarding, kayaking, waterskiing.  

Nicola Lake BC Outdoor Recreation Activities  

Merritt BC Summer Lake Activities 

Canada Parks

  • British Columbia
    • Wildlife Reserve
    • Wheelchair Access
  • Moderate
  • Seasonal

Location (Map)

Nicola Lake, Thompson-Nicola, BC V0E, Canada
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