Shuswap River Islands Provincial Park protects river bottomland cottonwood habitats along the Shuswap River near Enderby in the North Okanagan. Cottonwood habitats in the North Okanagan Valley, and generally throughout British Columbia, are rapidly disappearing through private land developments and forest harvesting.
The 185-hectare park incorporates small islands, side channels and surrounding low-lying bottomlands along a 3.5-kilometre section of Shuswap River. As one of the few remaining naturally intact sections of the river between Mabel Lake and Mara Lake, the park is extensively covered in old-growth cottonwood stands with scattered old-growth red cedars and western hemlock.
The park maintains a pristine section of the Shuswap river for canoeing and fishing, and contains some of the highest densities of spawning kokanee in the Shuswap River between Mabel and Mara Lakes.
No trails or public facilities exist in the undeveloped park.
Shuswap River Islands Provincial Park is located along the Shuswap River, 8 miles (12 km) east of Enderby in the North Okanagan region of British Columbia. There is no direct road access to the park, and walk-in access is via rough and overgrown logging roads. Preferred access is via canoe from launching points located up river.
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