Ride: Enderby Mabel Lake Road
A pleasant ride from Enderby to Mabel Lake along a relatively quiet back road running past rural properties, forest, farmland and the Shuswap River. About 35 km.Last Ridden: July 2021
Region: North Okanagan
Route Type: Paved Back Road
Riding surface: Pavement (100%)
Turn east off Hwy 97 in Enderby. You'll be turning at a traffic light (look for the sign to Mabel Lake). Enderby is pretty small, and there are only 2 or 3 traffic lights along the highway through town. If you're coming from the south (Vernon) you'll then need to turn left in about a block and then right a short way later onto Enderby Mabel Lake Road (there are more signs to Mabel Lake); or, just turn east onto Cliff Ave. which becomes Enderby Mabel Lake road. There is a nice park on the right (south) in town just before the bridge over the Shuswap River.
Enderby Mabel Lake Road is generally narrow with some straight sections and some curvy sections. The quality of the pavement varies; a lot of it is in excellent condition, but some of it is a bit bumpy in places. There are some front heaves and cracks near the mid-point. The road travels through a valley with rural properties, forest, farmland and runs along the Shuswap River in some sections. There are some river access points. At about 34.7 km from Enderby turn right on Rivermouth Road which is just past the centre of the little Kingfisher community. The road ends about 0.8 km later at a marina, parking lot and beach area.
There is a store in Ashton Creek, about 9 km from Enderby, which also sells gas. About 150 m past that is the turn-off to Trinity Valley Road to Lumby (paved for about the first 6 km) and Hidden Lake (see separate ride report). Other places to stop and check out are the Cooke Creek Recreational Site (picnic tables and river access) and the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre which are maybe about 25 km or so from Enderby; look for signs on the right. Hunter's Range snowmobiling area and Noisy Creek (camping on shores of Mabel Lake) areas are also accessed off of Enderby Mabel Lake Road. See the Mabel Lake Loop dual sport ride report (ride to 3 Valley Gap or to Lumby).