Isobel Lake is a fine destination for a short hike or to camp at the redeveloped Rec Site. Fishing is now restricted to youth, in this small, shallow lake stocked with rainbow trout. All around the shoreline is quite shallow, but the middle of the lake is up to 25 feet deep. For paddlers, the lake is only 2.5km around the perimeter, but it makes a quiet SUP choice for a cool fall day. I parked and launched at the boat launch area on the northeast corner of the lake.
In a counter-clockwise loop, we pass a fishing dock, added for youth and seniors. We then pass the Forest Inn, an outdoor shelter area for group use. The west end is very shallow and surrounded by bullrushes and reeds. The south shore has a number of small islands and logs to paddle around. On the eastern shoreline, we can paddle around the island in a narrow and shallow passage through the bullrushes.
In the summer this can be a busy place and on some days school groups come over from nearby McQueen Lake. On this last visit early in the morning, mist was still on the lake and there was no one around, with a few ducks on the lake to keep me company.