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Pierre's Point Campground

Shuswap Lake, 7.7km west of Salmon Arm Highway 1, Salmon Arm, British Columbia Canada
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Mini golf
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TL;DR – The people who left the insanely bad reviews are trolls who don’t understand the concept of camping or being nice, responsible people. This is a great campground and you shouldn’t be afraid to stay here. You’ll have a good time. I just stayed at Pierre's Point campground for a week. If you don't get along with the staff/campers there, the only explanation is that you're the problem. When the campground had no tenting sites available for my group of 4 adults, they offered us a regular site with power and water for the rate of a tenting site. Every email I sent to them was answered promptly and politely and they were very accommodating. The size of our site was above average and it was clean and ready when we arrived. I was impressed by how quickly they went around cleaning up vacated spots as people left. The posts separating the sites were new, not rotting and the area was full of mature trees that offered lots of shade throughout the day. My group enjoyed the mini golf course and played several times. While it wasn’t new by any means, they swept off the greens daily and it was a fun way to pass an hour or two. Camper noise after hours was monitored by the security guard. He was a nice fellow who was happy to chat briefly as he was doing his rounds. My group regularly stayed up playing cards and having adult beverages but, because we aren't ignorant jerks, we never had any issues. For anyone surprised about the train, the site tells you about it and anyone with an internet connection can google map the place and see how close the train tracks are. Other accounts of how frequently the trains run by are gross exaggerations. There were about 10 trains per 24 hours while we were there. If you're concerned about noise, get ear plugs. After a day or so, I stopped noticing the trains altogether and they didn’t wake me up. For those mad about it being busy, it’s a lakeside campground in the Shuswap, in the middle of summer. Every single campground anywhere NEAR the water is booked to capacity on a weekend. Of course, the campground was full. During the week, the place cleared out a bit. Also, for those complaining about the seasonal campers, the people with seasonal spots pay for the privilege. You want a lakefront spot? Pony up the cash, don’t anonymously complain about it online. The seasonal campers did not “build their decks/patios way out onto the beach” either. There was plenty of room for all. None of the spots on the campground are far from beach access. Speaking of the beach, it was nice. A little rocky but, most lake beaches are. There was always lots of room for lounging or playing frisbee and it was lovely watching the resident Bald Eagle and Osprey. We also saw a Pileated Woodpecker, a hummingbird and various songbirds. The dog beach was closed while we were there because campers had been abusing it. To dog owners complaining about the dirty dog beach, those are your people out there leaving a mess. It isn't the campsite's responsibility to pick up after your dog. Don't leave bad reviews because other dog owners suck. That’s why your dogs aren’t allowed on the people beach. Complaining that the campsite owners are keeping their main beach free of animal excrement is ignorant and LOL to the folks whining about having to walk your dog in order to … walk your dog. The entire campsite is less than 500m across from end to end … I think you'll make it. Overall, a couple things could have been better, I suppose. Sure, the wifi was slow but ffs … you’re camping. Go outside and get off your phone. Yes, the water pressure in the showers wasn’t great but, again, you’re camping. Having a hot shower at all is a luxury and the bathrooms were cleaned at least twice a day. My group and I had a great time. It was in a super convenient location with all kinds of amenities and things to do nearby. Overall, couldn't have asked for a better stay and would go back anytime.
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Stayed here for 10 days in July and although the campground has potential all the best sites are taken by seasonal campers. They have 1 site on the lake for $85 a night....don’t bother it’s horrible. Sites are not very well cared for with almost all of the railings separating sites rotten and falling over. Lots of old tree stumps in the way around sites. I watched many people struggle to get backed into a site because people in “their own site parked on the road as you can’t park in your site once the trailer is in. Hence the vehicles made it hard for people to navigate. The “free” Wi-Fi sucks and doesn’t work at all. The showers are horrible...I can pee harder than them. The cafe serves ridiculously over priced French Fries...$5 for a small and $8 for a large. Ice is $5 a bag. Firewood is $8 a bag and is 4” diameter railing cut into 16 inch pieces. Ice cream was good but very expensive and the cones were stale, probably last years stock. The young man serving Ice Cream was wearing a sleeveless tank top and was reaching into the cooler across tubs of Ice Cream. Although they had lids all I could think about was his armpit hair or god knows what else falling into the cooler....gross. The train runs literally right beside the campground and at night runs every 10 to 15 minutes for three in a row then about a 1/2 lull and then the pattern starts over again. Bring ear plugs! It is pet friendly but your dog must be leashed 100% of the time and they are forbidden from the beach. They have a dog beach that is at the very end of the campground and is not tended to at all. My dog didn’t care as he just wanted to get wet when it was hot out but the beach is not very nice at all. I don’t mind children and they love camping which is good but they had a “French Camp” on-site while I was there. Summer camp should be at a camp...not a campground. Extremely loud marches and chanting....very annoying. I came to relax....didn’t happen. I would not stay here again and would not recommend it to anybody. I think there are much better options out there especially for $50 a night for partial hook ups.
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We were shockingly disappointed in our near-stay at Pierre’s Point. We attempted for over an hour to park in an extremely over populated campground on a site that was not even big enough for our rig. There were literally people and dogs and vehicles and open-alcohol and chaos everywhere. We had planned to stay for 5 nights with friends and after multiple failed attempts, we ended up backing out of the campground as there’s no way to turn around. The only good thing is, despite a very strict NO RETURNS policy, they did give us our money back and we left never to ever return again. Even those in sites behind and across from us were complaining of how they wouldn’t be getting any relaxation time in a place like this.
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To be avoided. Same management same gong show. They will tell you different but jus consider the reviews. Was great place in it’s day but that day has past long ago. No significant upgrades in 25 years other than more sites where common areas an paths used to be.
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We have been going to Pierre's Point for 7 years. We used to love it, we don't anymore! The atmosphere has changed dramatically as Lars is now marketing the campground to seasonal campers and has little care for the short term campers. The best part of this campground was the beautiful view and beach access, both have been decimated. The seasonal campers are crammed into the best view areas and therefore no one else gets a view plus they build their decks/patios way out onto the beach that effectively limits access for others. Compounded with train noises, which I was willing to forgive before, I must say that I can no longer recommend this once lovely spot for which I am quite saddened.
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