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Has anyone ever camped at these sites? I'm thinking of doing a 3 or 4 day trip near Campbell River in the spring with the new 'toon'. There's roughly 30 different sites to pick from, but I'm just wondering about opinions from those who've stayed at them.
 

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Try the book "Camp Free in BC" They did a great job. Lots of info. Awsome directions to the campsites. Tells you what is at each campground, outhouses, fire wood, 4wd only or not, etc. I got mine on the ferry to the mainland and it has paid for it self a few times. Worth looking at anyways.
 

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I can't say that I've ever had an awful experience with bc forestry campsites... :confused: ...although there was last summer when they blocked off the road into east harrison fsr...charged me for staying at bear creek...only to find out it was full.....hard times explaining to your girl....when they think they know where they will be at....that being said...provincial sites can go blow pop tarts for all I care...you can thank a couple of pompus good for nothing cultus lake rangers for that one...(3 people huddled around a 4" tv during playoffs in the rain... and the threats to kick us out if we cheered when the 'nucks scored..... :naughty:.....)...thanks for the time to rant....
forestry campsites=good......provincial campsites suck!!!
 

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Thanks for the heads up on the book! I'll definitely look into that (maybe the library will have a copy).

As for Provincial sites, I save those for summer vacation with the kids & wife. I'm the survivalist....they like to flush.
 

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I only stayed at some BC Forrest Camp Sites at the Kispiox, Morice and Bulkley and most of them were very well maintained.
No garbage and sometimes even some logs for a camp fire were available.
And most of the people I met there were fly fishermen!
We did have really some fun there!!
 

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Hey 11th-I can't remember the last time I camped at a provincial campground. I use forestry campgrounds exclusively. As many fishermen will tell you, the best fishing lakes are seldom serviced by provincial campgrounds. The extra difficulty in reaching many forestry sites ensures a lower population of campers/fishers during the prime season. Although many sites are difficult to access, I do like my comforts, and have not been held back from accessing any lakes and campsites I want to get to, even though I am hauling a 19' travel trailer. These pictures were taken last summer at a forestry site just out of Princeton last July.







We were alone at this lake for 5 days-No one showed up to share this gem in that time.

When you do go to a forestry site, it is a good idea to take a saw (to collect your firewood), extra garbage bags, a small rake, plenty of drinking water and any other supplies you might need. It is also a good idea to have a portable CB radio as many of the roads that take you into these sites are active logging roads and having radio contact with the logging rigs can make yor trip much happier. These sites are usually "user maintained" which means there is little or no garbage pick-up toilet paper delivery, etc. I second the recommendation of "Camp Free in BC" and the second book (coyly titled "Camp Free in BC volume two". While they are available at most libraries, for only $20 at most Chapters or tackle shops you would probably be better to buy your own. It is really great to have a copy in the vehicle when you are tooling around the back country ,as they give very detailed instructions to get to every forestry site they have in the book. Combined with the appropriate Backroads Map Book, you can get almost anywhere without getting lost too badly (the newer editions have GPS co-ordinates as well).
 

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Excellent info Prof, thanks again!!

Most of the sites I've researched near Campbell River say they have road access but require a 4wd....problem #1; I drive a mini-van. How rough are these roads and do I really require a 4wd? If you're hauling a 19ft trailer, I'm imagining I don't really need a 4wd, but they suggest it? I found the "Camp Free" book at the library and I'm waiting for it to arrive from Parksville. I'll probably end up buying one, but I like to try before I buy, lol.

As for garbage pickup, do they have a "bear box" or something similar to put your garbage in, or is it a "pack it in, pack it out" routine? I'll bring the extra toilet paper for sure.

I'm envisioning myself on my 'toon', all alone, casting to risers and having a great time :thumbup:

Thanks again for all the responses.
 

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11th Warrior said:
Excellent info Prof, thanks again!!

Most of the sites I've researched near Campbell River say they have road access but require a 4wd....problem #1; I drive a mini-van. How rough are these roads and do I really require a 4wd? If you're hauling a 19ft trailer, I'm imagining I don't really need a 4wd, but they suggest it? I found the "Camp Free" book at the library and I'm waiting for it to arrive from Parksville. I'll probably end up buying one, but I like to try before I buy, lol.

As for garbage pickup, do they have a "bear box" or something similar to put your garbage in, or is it a "pack it in, pack it out" routine? I'll bring the extra toilet paper for sure.

I'm envisioning myself on my 'toon', all alone, casting to risers and having a great time :thumbup:

Thanks again for all the responses.
Camp Free gives the best information on real conditions regarding 4x4 access. Garbage is a pack in pack out proposition. Many sites have fire rings and tables, but a number of them are3 basically a clearing next to a lake. I can't wait for May, when I can start hitting some of my favorites.
 
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