As a popular, local and fairly remote destination, the spectacular Bannock Point receives a lot of yearly traffic and use. Since 2009 SIFCo has invested $45,000 in improvements to the site. From building new outhouses to creating designated campsites, and developing safe and low impact parking areas, a total of seven people have been working to make Bannock a safer and more attractive destination.
Built two new outhouses
Created designated campsites
Created a new parking area
Improved three water crossings
Clearly identified and marked two main trails to the lake shore
Removed slash piles
Built two new information kiosks
Reduced the potential of wildfires starting within the recreation site
Bannock Point Recreation Site is located 3km south of Silverton, in the Slocan Valley. As a result of the deterioration of the Bannock Point Recreation site and the dangerous campfire practices of users over the years, a committee of local residents was formed, consisting of members of the Red Mountain Residents Association (RMRA) and members of the Slocan Lake Stewardship Society (SLSS). The committee invited input from the public and a list of potential improvements was made that complemented the goals of B.C. Tourism and B.C. Forestry’s Compliance and Enforcement.
A new, large parking area was created at the beginning of the site, and an information kiosk was built at the parking lot. Big boulders were moved in order to block access to motorized vehicles beyond the parking lot. A new outhouse was built near the parking lot. Ten designated campsites were established, each with a level area for tent location and a fire ring. Each campsite was also clearly marked with 4×4 sign-posts. Two trails were clearly marked and mapped. An additional trail leading to a viewpoint was also clearly marked and mapped, with “caution signs” posted at two locations along the trail. A day-use area was established, and a second new information kiosk built. Three rock rings for fires were built in the day-use area, one for each of the picnic tables. A second outhouse was also built near the north beach. All slash piles were burned, danger trees close to trails and campsites were felled and bucked. The section of the south trail that was heavily impacted by the September 2009 storm was fully interfaced, meaning that all trees less than six inches in diameter were felled and burned. Two small bridges were built, as well as one water-bar.