Canoe, Kayak + Stand Up Paddleboarding
Kamloops is a paddler's paradise with 100+ lakes within a one-hour drive
ideal for canoeing, kayaking, or stand-up paddleboarding.
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. You don't even need to bring your own gear! Hint: get a lesson or rent paddleboards from Paddle Surfit on Heffley Lake.
Lake Access: There is one gravel boat launch at the north end of the lake just after the Hitch and Rail Campground.
There are many secret places tucked around this gorgeous lake making it a paddler's paradise. From the water, admire old stone train bridges, train tunnels, a balancing rock, rock bluffs, eagles nests, and colourful painted bluffs. Rentals available at Bruker Marina.
Lake Access: Bruker Marina & Beach Club at Tobiano has a boat launch, beach, and offers watersport rentals.
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 7 kilometres of hiking trails and 12 kilometres 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 day-use area.
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park
Pack up your kayak or paddle board and hit the water at Lac le Jeune Provincial Park. Located just 30 minutes from Kamloops, the day-use area at this park features 146 meters of sandy beach for swimming but is also a perfect spot to launch your water craft. The park also has a designated boat launch.
Lake Access: There is a concrete car ramp for boats and there is also a day-use parking area.
McConnell Lake Provincial Park
McConnell Lake is well known for its 3.5km hiking trail around the lake, but it is also popular among canoeists and kayakers. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you paddle around this day-use only lake.
Lake Access: There is a small gravel surfaced boat launch suitable for small boats and there is also a day-use parking area.
South Thompson River
With many boat launch access points, the current makes for a swift and sometimes challenging paddle. However the views and proximity to town make it worth it. Hint: Rent kayaks, paddleboards, and more from Kamloops Watersport Rentals downtown.
City Owned Boat Launches: McArthur Island, Pioneer Park, Valleyview Boat Launch
Canoes, Kayaks, SUPs
DON'T MOVE A MUSSEL
HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE. NOT THE MUSSEL.
Zebra and Quagga Mussels are non-native to North America that live in freshwater – such as lakes and rivers – known to encrust and corrode hard surfaces and cause serious harm to waters where they become established. The mussels can be spread unknowingly by boats, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, fishing tackle boxes, life jackets and other objects that have spent time in infested waters.
To avoid accidentally introducing invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels, or moving other aquatic invasive species such as invasive clams from one waterbody to another, you should:
- Stop at Watercraft Inspection Stations as you pass them in your travels
- Don't let it loose!