Canoe, Kayak + SUP
With 100+ more lakes in the area Kamloops has a paddler paradise, spend the day or longer to discover some hidden gems.
The North + South Thompson Rivers
Paddle upstream from Riverside Park and back or launch from Harrington Drive in Westsyde. It is possible to launch from Rayleigh, and the Tournament Capital Ranch too, but there are no official boat launches. Farther upstream, paddlers launch at the McLure Ferry and the Little Fort Ferry for a long downstream paddle.
The south Thompson is a great route but in the warmer months, it becomes very popular with boaters. Launching from Lafarge or Pritchard Bridge gives a peaceful experience ending at Pioneer Park. Paddlers can also launch from McArthur Island to explore Rabbit Island, the 12 km section downstream, or upstream to the confluence.
Lake Access: North Thompson: Harrington Drive in Westsyde, Rae-more park in Rayleigh, Tournament Capital Ranch, McLure & Little Fort Ferry. South Thompson: Pioneer Park, Riverside Park, River Rd, Valleyview, McArthur Island Park, Lafarge and Pritchard Bridge.
Paul Lake Provincial Park is nestled down the road from Harper Mountain. The park offers a large campground, a popular day-use area with beach and cartop boat launch. With over seven km of hiking trails and 12km of shoreline to paddle, it's sure to be a great day at this popular destination.
Lake Access: There is a cartop boat launch at the West end of the lake and a cartop launch at the provincial park.
There are so many little known secret places tucked all around this gorgeous lake. Old stone train bridges, hoodoos, a balancing rock, eagles nests, train tunnels, rock bluffs, and the amazing pained bluffs are just a few of it's hidden treasures making it an adventurer's paradise!
Lake Access: There is a boat launch and parking at Bruker Marina at Tobiano or the west end of the Lake in Savona.
Situated just 30 minutes from Kamloops, it is also easily accessible by car, trailer, camper, and motorhome. Heffley Lake is surrounded by beautiful mountains and thick forests and acts as an ideal setting for fishing from early spring to late summer. Aside from fishing, visitors enjoy swimming, paddling, biking, and hiking in the surrounding area.
Lake Access: There is one gravel boat launch at the north end of the lake just after the Hitch and Rail Campground.
Tunkwa Lake + Leighton Lake
Lake Access: There are two gravel boat launches, one at Tunkwa and one at Leighton. Tunkwa has a maximum 10 HP restriction, and boaters on both lakes should use slow speeds to avoid damaging habitat.
The Shuswap is a paddler’s paradise, you’ll find serene settings with over 600 km of shoreline, numerous beaches, provincial parks, marine parks, and campsites, Shuswap Lake offers endless day trips and overnight paddling excursions. Photo
Lake Access: There are numerous boat launches around the lake. In the North end, you can launch from Sicamous, from the south Salmon Arm has a public launch and from Shuswap Arm Blind Bay, Shuswap Provincial Park in Scotch Creek and Sorrento all have public launches.