Little Dipper Hideaway – a Bed and Breakfast, Campground and Cabins

Little Dipper Hideaway – a Bed and Breakfast, Campground and Cabins

The first time I was at Little Dipper Campground was in 2002. It was a nice little campground situated on the banks of the winding Kettle
River. It is still a nice campground with the same beautiful sandy beaches and spacious campsites but now the owners have crafted an
incredible log home / office and created a fantastic community lawn and fire pit area ringed with a classic rock wall.

Hand Crafted Greeting sign for Little Dipper Hideaway

Other changes since I was there include the name of the KVR section that the hideaway is situated on. Rhone Road, just off Highway 33, 10 km North of Westbridge is actually the old KVR railroad bed and Trans Canada Trail and now known as the “2010 Spirit Trail”.

For a little over $600 per year you can lease one of the campsites at Little Dipper Hideaway.

Campsite available for lease on the Kettle River.

In fact, over 90 percent of the campsites have a reserved sign on them, indicating that the site is a leased site.
Drop in camping is still available but you would have to use the less spacious and more open overflow camping campsites. It was also brought to my attention that there are cabins available and a B&B.

Last but not least FISHING!!!

Wow, the video here shows a couple of budding fly fishermen and when I checked in after my 1.8 km walk around the campground I heard that Jesse had caught 3 fish and as I waited there a few minutes he pulled out another. My other son Caleb caught four (some were larger) but my youngest Zachary son was skunked. As you can see in the picture, the little trout was way to big for lunch so he was
released. Apparently the fishing synopsis states that all the fish in this section of the KVR must be released.

To find more about the Little Dipper Hideaway contact
George and Frauke Delisle
Westbridge, BC, Canada
V0H 2B0

Crayfish trapping in the Okanagan – Bullman lake

Crayfish trapping in the Okanagan – Bullman lake

Well under an hour from central Rutland and only 15km from where Postill Lake FSR becomes dirt is a lovely fair sized lake called Bullman or Moore lake. This stocked lake receives light traffic and is great for fishing both large and small rainbow trout. This lake has a few fire pits and a great spot for launching canoes and small fishing boats.


To access this lake take the second major left turn off of Postill Lake Rd. This Turn is around the 11 or 12 km marking. The road will be marked with a yellow sign; “Bullman” follow this road straight to the lake! This drive is not recommended for low clearance vehicles.


Last time I was at Bullman lake I tried setting a crayfish trap made from a tomato plant holder and baited with a fish head. However, after leaving the trap overnight I had no luck and my bait was still there. Does anyone have any advice or experience crayfish trapping in the Okanagan?


Kelowna Free Camping at Doreen Lake

Kelowna Free Camping at Doreen Lake

It’s only about 30 km from Winfield near Kelowna but it takes about an hour to drive to Doreen Lake. The Forest Service Recreation Site is a fantastic site with aobut 10 known campsites and with a couple of outhouses. (the one I used on July 23 2011 wasn’t too clean though)

The campground is user maintained and the competition for the campsites is quite heavy! There is usually one available on non-long weekends though. The lake is beautiful and the campground is perched on a nice rise above the lake. There are many recreation sites near by if you do not find a space here. The Aberdeen Plateau, upon which Doreen Lake is located, has dozens of lakes and campsites to choose from! Just go.

Here is Trails BC description:
Site Description:Recreation site with cartop boat launch on Doreen Lake – a small remote flay fishing only lake, canoeing and boating located in the back country wilderness forests behind the small community of Winfield, BC in Lake Country. It has an abundance of rainbow trout.

To drive in almost any two wheel drive to Doreen Lake, take Beaver Lake Road from Winfield and you will see Doreen Lake on the left well after Beaver Lake.

Free Camping at Doreen Lake

Belgo Dam Recreation Site

There was a sign for Belgo Dam recreation site that I found as I went into Ideal Lake Rec site. Belgo Dam is part of Ideal Lake – one of the three dams. A great camping spot or two can be found so to get to Belgo Dam, check out the directions on the Ideal Lake post.

Here are a few pics of Belgo Dam Recreation Site on Ideal Lake near Kelowna BC – just off Philpot Road.


Ideal Lake Recreation Site Free Camping very close to Kelowna

Ideal Lake Recreation Site Free Camping very close to Kelowna

The Provincial website for recreation sites states that from Kelowna you can drive Beaver Lake Road to get to Ideal Lake, while this is true, please know that if you follow Philpot Road off highway 33 for 20 to 25 km, you will get there much faster.

Ideal lake rec site has campsites everywhere! There is even one group camping area with 6 fire pits – it is a big open area. As you drive to Ideal Lake – about .5 km prior to getting there, you will see a sign that says Belgo Dam Recreation site, that dam is part of Ideal Lake as well – very very nice campground on it with a couple of sites for free camping. When we were there, Tom had styrafoam plates stapled everywhere to point in the direction of where he was camping. Thanks to Tom, I now know where the best campsite is! Thanks Tom! 🙂

The following paragraph states the BC Trails description – a very good one – of how to get to Ideal Lake – just not the shortest from Kelowna.
Site Description:Ideal Lake is 146 ha. (361 ac.) in size and can be accessed by following the road leading south from Specs Lakes. Ideal is considered an excellent family lake providing fishermen with good quantities of smaller Rainbows. A large 30 vehicle BCFS campsite with cartop boat launching is available at the lake.

Driving Directions:Located approximately 40 km. (25 mi.) northeast of the town of Winfield. From the city of Kelowna travel north on Hwy. #97 to Winfield. Turn east onto the Beaver Lake Road. Follow this road past the Dee Lake chain and Doreen Lake. Travel onto Haddo Lake. Grizzly Swamp is located just minutes due south of Haddo – A rough access road is provided to Specs #3, – Ideal Lake can be accessed by following the road leading south from Specs Lakes. Useful link to driving directions in BC:

Ideal Lake Map to Free Camping near Kelowna