This place is absolutely beautiful. The lake is nestled in the mountains and is 22 Km from anywhere along a gravel road. We stayed in a cabin, but there re many campsites as well. The cabins were clean, comfortable and functional. We had cabin 5 and it the large veranda looked out onto the lake (you could have cast a line in the lake from your veranda chair). The cabins were basic - bring your own bedding, but each one has a stove, fridge and an outlet (you can't put too much on the electricity - my CPAP blew the fuse one night). Some things you will want - salt, pepper, tinfoil, hangers, hot dog cooker... The kitchen has all of the cookware, plates, glasses and stuff. Each cabin has it's own outhouse, but if this really bothers you there are flush toilets and hot showers two minutes from the cabin. We enjoyed our fire pit every night. Again you can sit around the fire with the lake just steps away. The sell wood for a very reasonable price (bring your own newspaper to start the fire). The cabins all have their own pier (there is also a communal swimming pier that usually had lots of people at it). We rented a motorboat for the week we were there and you just tie it each night to your own pier. The pier is large enough for few people to sun themselves while enjoying the view (I can't stress enough how pretty the place is). The are many little creatures around to keep kids (and childish adults) excited, we looked forward each day to our visit by the mom and 5 baby ducks. The resort is owned by a young couple (Rachel and Cory) who just bought it. The do everything they can to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. A few times I stopped by the store to ask for more wood or gas for the boat motor, only to find that it had already been delivered. Bring all the food you will need. The store has a few things, but I wouldn't want to rely on it for a meal and Lumby is a 40 minute drive.
Like I have said, it was a great trip, but the fishing was very poor. Over 7 days we caught 15 fish, but most were minnows (we ate 5). If you want a place to fish seriously, I would look elsewhere. I realize the owners have no control over the fishing, but I would expect a 'fishing resort' manager to be an expert on the lake (If I go on a fishing holiday, I don't have time to learn the lake, I will rely on the owners advice). I think part of it is that they are new owners and maybe don't knopw the lake very well. We were old that it is just that time of year, but I am sure the fish re still eating - they just need to figure out how to catch them at different times of the year. This is the only reason I did not give this resort a 5/5, but like I said - as Cory and Rachel find time to explore the lake more themselves and think they will be able to provide better advice. We talked to many of our neighbours and finally has some success (4 in one day between two of us - 2 keepers) using a trout trolling flasher, a wedding band lure with a marshmellow on the end (What seems like weird combination). We actually had the best luck (which again wasn't much) off our own pier using marshmellows and worms (you can buy them at the store).
Overall, I really loved this place. It is Rocky Mountain beautiful, friendly, and very relaxing - my wife wants to go back after seeing our photos. But, if you are going for fish - you may want to find a different lake or go at a different time of year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located within a Provincial Park, we are the only resort resting on the shores of spring fed Echo Lake. We have 7 rustic lakefront cabins, all with their own deck & dock to enjoy the view from. Our 35 campsites vary from serviced (limited power) and unserviced forest sites, and serviced or unserviced waterfront sites. The lake brings in great fish, and our new 2015 playground and swim dock is great for kids. We would love to have you and your family stay with us at this amazing place! ... more less