A plan is in the works to bring a 350-site campground to the banks of the Eagle River near Shuswap Lake. (File Photo)

District to study feasibility of Eagle River campground

Rural Dividend Fund contributes $100,000

The District of Sicamous will be taking a closer look at developing a 350-site campground and R.V. park along the Eagle River near Shuswap Lake.

The BC Rural Dividend Program provided the district with a $100,000 grant to develop a business case and feasibility study for the proposed campground.

“That’s exciting news for us actually,” said Sicamous Mayor Terry Rysz, noting that plans for a campground have been discussed by the district for four or five years.

“Along with all the other grant funding we got that, this is another initiative we’ve been chasing and so now this will make it even more viable,” Rysz said, referring to the funding the district received for the replacement of the Solsqua-Sicamous Bridge and for a dual-purpose flood barrier and walkway along the Eagle River, which was announced earlier this month.

Rysz said a couple different models for the campground are being considered including a private-public partnership or a partnership between the district and local First Nations.

Once the feasibility study has concluded, Rysz said the district will move forward with whatever option is in their best interest.

“The key component of it is to find locations that we can collaborate with a partner maybe like First Nations,” he said.

Rysz said a few possible locations for the campsite are being looked at including Crown land and private property.

“I’m excited about it because this the first step in moving forward on it.”

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