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
Launch from Riverside Park, Harrington Drive in Westsyde or Tournament Capital Ranch (no official boat launch), where the views paddling up or downstream are enjoyable. Further upstream, paddlers can launch at the McLure Ferry and the Little Fort Ferry for a long, picturesque view downstream to Kamloops.
The South Thompson is also a great route but the summer moths become 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 or Riverside Park to explore Rabbit Island downstream towards the airport.
Lake Access: North Thompson: Harrington Drive in Westsyde, Tournament Capital Ranch, McLure & Little Fort Ferry. South Thompson: Pioneer Park, Riverside Park, River Rd, Valleyview, McArthur Island Park, Lafarge and Pritchard Bridge.
Moccasin Trails Canoe Tours
Tour the traditional waters of the Secwepemcuu'l'ecw (Shuswap Nation). Learn the history from a local Knowledge keeper who will tell you the stories to the sound of their paddle gently guiding you down the South Thompson River. Take in the eagles and hawks soaring, see mountains and historical sites from the path our ancestors have travelled for generations.
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.
Campbell Lake provides opportunities for camping, kayaking, and fishing.
Lake Access: There is a gravelled cartop boat launch is sufficient to launch small trailered boats, and there is also a day-use parking area
Tunkwa Lake + Leighton Lake
Tunkwa Provincial Park contains two large, man-made trout-fishing lakes, Tunkwa and Leighton, with canoeing and kayaking opportunities. There are campgrounds located on both lakes.
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.
Roche Lake is a great weekend getaway. Activities include fishing, hiking, cycling, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, and ATV-ing
Lake Access: There are undeveloped boat launches in each campground. They are only suitable for launching small boats.
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.
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.