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Cold Dipping Adventure in the Eagle River: The Shu Girls

January 1 2024
Shuswap Adventure Girl

The Shu Girls are at it again! This time, visiting the beautiful Eagle River in Malakwa, B.C.

Cold swimming has become a regular winter activity for this group of gals; waterfalls, daily dips in freezing Shuswap Lake, and local rivers like the Columbia River in Revelstoke and The Eagle River.  Tourism this winter season has a new and challenging activity to be enjoyed.

Access to the icy teal water of the Eagle River is an adventure in itself. From the renowned Eagle River Nature Trail, meander through the giant stand of ancient cedar trees,  along the colorful course of the river, enjoying 6km of family-friendly loop trails. There is a designated swimming spot on the river here.

The Eagle River is a true Shuswap gem. It is a deep turquoise green, rich in wildlife, and a true amenity for Sicamous and Malakwa. The Eagle River is part of the vast Shuswap watershed, originating in the mountains west of Revelstoke, in Griffen Lake. Its course flows west and southwest, entering Shuswap Lake at Sicamous. The Eagle River is part of the Fraser River drainage basin via the Thompson River. The Perry River is a significant tributary, joining Eagle River near Malakwa, known as the North Fork.

The river is a critical spawning habitat for Sockeye, Coho, and Chinook salmon. You can watch for the salmon here in the fall months.  Eagle River was named by Walter Moberly after following the flight of eagles and finding Eagle Pass.

Like many gently flowing rivers, The Eagle River offers many amenities to users. From fishing to blue way paddling adventures, wildlife viewing, hiking, and walking trails to historical references. Visiting the Malakwa Suspension Bridge or the North Fork Wild Trail system is a must-do for locals and visitors alike.

Nearby areas to explore include Yard Creek Provincial Park and Mount Griffin Provincial Park/Ecological Reserve (six kilometers south of Eagle River Park).

Blog post by Shuswap Adventure Girl

Cold Dipping Adventure in the Eagle River


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