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Old 05-19-2009, 04:12 PM
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Nakusp hot springs

I'm sure most of you are familiar with them, I'm just wondering about other peoples experiences there? The wife and I are planning to head down there in June/July sometime for a few days. I know roughly where they are located, I can figure out that part on my own, but some help on a couple points would be great...

Any good tips on where to camp near there? I don't have the backroads book for that area yet but I'll be getting one. I like rec sites, or anywhere I don't have to pay too much.

Any special advice for anything I should/shouldn't take with us?


I'm mostly wondering about a good spot to camp down there...
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:28 PM
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You can book a camp site right at the tubs if you into that kinda thing. there is no camping on the road up to the tubs that i can remeber......as far as a camp sites there are some around Nakusp but its been a few year
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Old 05-19-2009, 04:38 PM
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There is a bunch of hot springs up what ones are you talking about?
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Old 05-19-2009, 06:12 PM
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just north of Nakusp are some nice ones
secluded but not far off the highway.
the commercial ones are , well commercial
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Old 05-19-2009, 08:57 PM
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There is a bunch of hot springs up what ones are you talking about?
I'm not really sure, I was planning on picking up a book that would help me narrow it down...

Any suggestions for where to go/avoid?

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just north of Nakusp are some nice ones
secluded but not far off the highway.
the commercial ones are , well commercial
The info I've got so far has referred to something that sounds like those ones to the north. I definitely don't need to be anywhere near the commercial ones...
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:24 PM
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Drove to the halfway river hotsprings last year. From where you park and down to where the tubs are was very steep and far. It was quite busy as well. With the wife and two little kids I ended up leaving without visiting the tubs (too steep and far for the kids to climb or for us to carry them)

Like anywhere free, popular and unmaintained on a daily basis, it was a dirty but not a dump. It appeared like one or two rigs were there year round (or at least for the summer)
The second hotspring further up the valley was overgrown. The only way to get to it was with some SERIOUS pinstriping....
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:30 PM
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just north of Nakusp are some nice ones
secluded but not far off the highway.
the commercial ones are , well commercial

There are some cabins for rent in coyote hotsprings north of nakusp. We rented one years ago. They have hot tubs fed from the natural springs. They are located on arrow lake. Great place to spend a week of vacation.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:50 AM
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I'm not really sure, I was planning on picking up a book that would help me narrow it down...

Any suggestions for where to go/avoid?



The info I've got so far has referred to something that sounds like those ones to the north. I definitely don't need to be anywhere near the commercial ones...
I will get more info for you on the Nakusp ones.
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:25 AM
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We stayed up there 2 years ago and it was great ,we camped free on the lake just before Nakusp ,the only way we found it was there was a small stack of rocks on the side of the hwy and lots of skid marks into this road that goes for about 1/4 km if you follow straight thru that is where locals get their fresh water but just before the water hole there is a turn down to lake and its beautiful. I heard there are natural hot springs about 20 minutes out of town we tried to get to but had no maps ,road wasn't to bad for start but we were by ourselves in the diesel with camper towing a boat so we turned around and came back out, turns out we didn't have much farther to go but heard tubs were a mess from all the local kids partying there. we ended up staying at Nakusp's hot springs campground which was okay except you had to pay but we were tired and had the dogs so we stayed for 1 night , also we did stop at Halycon Hot springs [this was in Sept] took dogs for a hike and than went into their hot springs which were beautiful and clean, it was a nice treat. Locals have told us that Coyote Creek is the nicest to stay but we didn't have time to check it out for we drove back up to hwy 31[ single lane gravel road along Trout lake and that was beautiful country .
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The hot springs are called 'halfway river hot springs'.
Drive North on highway 23 from Nakusp until you get to the 'halfway river FSRoad'. (named because of it's location almost exactly between Nakusp and the Galena Bay ferry I assume.)
Go up the FSR to the 14km mark. You will find a turnoff to your left (the one on your right is your wife... jk)
Up top there is a level place for larger type trailers a little further down the FSR. I was tenting so I drove as far as I could to the right at the bottom of the road and set up camp right at the trail that leads to the hotsprings, which are at the bottom of a steep bank.
When you go down the trail you will need to turn left at the bottom and walk past all the stupid hippy constructed bullshit until you come to a large rock pool which is great and clean. It is beside the creek (they call it a river but it's a creek imho) so you can go for a dip in the feezing water and jump in the pool again. Awesome.
I stayed a few days, so there was the occassional 'buffalo head' sighting but nothing strong enough to enflame my hippy allergies.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:11 AM
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Killer, you guys (and/or gals) rule!

Not sure exactly when we'll be going (june/july) but this thread sure has made my planning a lot easier...

Sounds like there's a lot more options than I initially realized...
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:51 AM
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googled it and came up with a few links, this one has the map
Nakusp, BC Maps, Upper Arrow Lake, Hot Springs, Summit & Kimbol Lakes
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:24 AM
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Thanks again everyone for the input. We're heading out this Friday so feel free to throw any last minute advice or ideas in here for me...

Still haven't really nailed down exactly what we're doing but we're going to try find the halfway river springs and a few more if we can...

If anyone in the area wants to meet for a beer, just shoot me a pm.
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one word settlers rd. pm me for more info. your better off camping on the paliser and driving to lussier hot springs. After 10pm you will have the springs to you self. pm me if you want i know the area really well. my buddy has a trap line in the area. settlers and the white fsr are the best roads for camping and fishing in all of bc. carefull of the wolves in the area they have been taking dogs. Its all classified waters so make sure you have your classified tag. CO's are cracking down albertains have been poaching hard in the area.
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Do you mean White river FSR? I'd definitely like to check out settlers rd sometime, but I can't see it on the map. We were up that a few weeks back and did Lussier and Ram Creek. This time we're gonna do some exploring around Nakusp area.

I've looked over the regs and synopsis, looks like Trout lake and Arrow lake are both not classified so I should be fine with my regular freshwater non-tidal I think.

Heading out in a few hours so I probably won't make it back on to check this thread, but thanks to everyone for the advice and tips, I'll try and document with some good photo's.


Halfway river, St Leon, here we go.....
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