Located just 40 minutes out of Kamloops just outside the Lac Du Bois Grasslands, Isobel Lake has good camping, fishing, and walking or biking trails.
Isobel Lake is a great place to camp or spend the day, especially if you are fishing with kids. The lake offers great camping, paddling, fishing, walking or biking trails, and day use picnic tables. There are two fishing docks making fishing the lake very accessible.
-3000 Fraser Valley triploid rainbow trout each year (spring catchables)
Isobel Lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout that can grow quite large, and 20 inch rainbows are not an uncommon catch on Isobel Lake. While many people successfully fly fish the lake, rainbows can also be caught using a bobber and worm or bottom fishing with Berkley power bait.
Isobel Lake offers 19 very well maintained flat campsites, and is equipped with accessible and generally clean outhouse facilities. There are also four day use picnic tables and several resting benches on the walking or biking trail that circles the whole perimeter of the lake.
The lake has a good cartop boat launch that can handle small boat trailers and is well maintained. The two fishing docks are also well maintained and are a great place to take your kids.
DID YOU KNOW?
On "Youth/Disabled Accompanied Waters" an authorized angler may now be accompanied by up to two companion anglers.
Isobel Lake is a designated Youth/Disabled Accompanied lake between April 1 - September 30. Youth/Disabled Accompanied Waters are lakes that only permit fishing for children under the age of 16 and for BC residents who have a disability. In the past, fishing was restricted to only these individuals, but now up to two companions may also fish along with an "authorized angler." Companions may include friends and parents. Of course, restrictions may change, and fishers should keep up to date by checking the regulations before fishing.
To get to Isobel Lake from Kamloops, take Batchelor Drive out of Kamloops. This road changes to Lac Du Bois Road, and stay on this gravel road for about 16.5 km. Just after you pass McQueen Lake turn right onto an unnamed gravel road. From there, travel 4 km following the signs that direct you to Isobel Lake.
Directions to Isobel Lake. Click to enlarge.
Isobel Lake is 40 minutes north of Kamloops and is mostly on gravel roads but it is still two wheel drive accessible
Isobel Lake Recreation site map. Click image to enlarge or download the PDF.
Isobel Lake depth chart. Click image to enlarge or download the PDF.
Isobel Lake is a fairly small lake. Its perimeter is about 3.5 km and at its deepest reaches 30 feet.
The hike/walk around the lake is very easy and at 3.2 km will take about an hour to complete. There are plenty of photo opportunities as the lake is very scenic and has lots of potential for taking unique pics.
In the winter, this can be a popular spot for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.