Boating + Watersports

In Kamloops, there are boating, paddling and beach opportunities galore. Grab your bathing suit, bring your water toys, and experience all the ways to get wet, stay cool and enjoy the water.

 

Kamloops Lake

In mid-summer, Kamloops gets hit with 30+ degree weather and the locals know exactly where to go to beat the heat!  Kamloops Lake is the biggest body of water in the Kamloops area. With Bruker Marina at Tobiano, right on Kamloops Lake, it makes it really easy to enjoy a day on the water.

Lake Access: Kamloops lake has two access points, one is a concrete slab launch at Bruker Marina at Tobiano, the second one is a gravel launch at the far west end of the lake in Savona. Both launches are trailer accessible.

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South Thompson River

Kamloops Lake isn't the only place to put your boat in the water, The South Thomson River is also a busy spot in the summer months with a boat launch at Pioneer Park Downtown (Limited Trailer Parking) McArthur Park and a cement launch just off River Road in Valleyview.

Lake Access: The South Thompson River has three access points. The first is at Pioneer Park with a concrete launch and limited parking. The second, at River Road in Valleyview, a concrete slab launch with limited parking and the third is located at McArthur Island Park. Note: this launch is only accessible when the water is at a higher level.

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Shuswap Lakes

Shuswap Lake, one of the most popular recreational destinations in BC, offers 400km (250mi) of flawless shoreline, provincial parks, and unlimited water-related recreation opportunities. The Lake branches off in 4 directions from Cinnemousun Narrows Provincial Park, North is Seymour Arm, A recreation and vacation paradise, North East is Anstey Arm the most remote and quiet arm of the lake, Salmon Arm is located at the South West and is the largest urban centre in the Shuswap and in the very center of BC's famous Shuswap Lake Recreational area. In the West is Shuswap Arm, the most popular arm renowned for its recreation and retirement lifestyle.

Lake Access: There are boat launches from Little Shuswap Lake through to Mara Lake and the Eagle River, and most are free to use.

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Floatplane Dock

Kamloops Airport is now equipped with an updated floatplane dock along the Thompson River, adjacent to the airport on Aviation Way. The lower docks, upper deck, gangway and launch are open and ready to welcome floatplane operators.

Floatplane operators requiring fueling, flight planning and other aircraft services can contact Shell AviationExecutive Flight Center, or Mountainaire Services.

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Floatplane dock for boaters

Boaters along the Thompson River can also access the floatplane dock. To use the dock for boat launching or loading, boaters must first obtain a Boat Vehicle Operator Permit (BVOP) from Kamloops Airport. 

Download the manual and application form.

Review the manual and contact us to schedule a BVOP test

Take the BVOP test at Kamloops Airport; boaters scoring 100% will pass

Finish the application form and pay the seasonal fee.

Don’t forget to bring your valid driver’s license and pleasure craft operator card to the test.

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DON'T MOVE A MUSSEL

Zebra and quagga mussels are closely-related mollusks that originate from freshwater lakes in Russia and Ukraine and are non-native to North America. They live in freshwater – such as lakes and rivers – and are invasive, known to encrust and corrode hard surfaces and cause serious harm to waters where they become established.

The mussels can be spread unknowingly by boaters, fishers and other well-meaning nature lovers. At their youngest stage, the invasive mussels are the size of a grain of sand and can grow to the size of 2cm. They are often brought in on boats and other recreational water toys like kayaks. But they can also come in on hip-waders, fishing tackle boxes, life jackets and other objects that have spent time in infested waters.

DON’T MOVE A MUSSEL – LEARN MORE.
HELP SPREAD THE MESSAGE. NOT THE MUSSEL.

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