Canoeing and Kayaking Kamloops, Thompson, Nicola region of British Columbia






Canoeing and Kayaking Kamloops, Thompson, Nicola region of British Columbia

Canoeing and Kayaking in Kamloops Thompson Nicola, BC

From the rocky mountains at the B.C. Alberta border to the semi arid terrain around Kamloops, the region offers some of the best scenery found anywhere. The Shuswap offers excellent conditions for houseboating. The area in and around Kamloops is cattle country and the terrain is rolling grasslands. This area is diverse, uncommonly beautiful and dotted with lakes, rivers, streams and waterfalls. It is the home of Wells Gray Provincial Park, where you will find splendid forests, lofty mountain peaks and clear rushing waters.

This region of British Columbia offers some great paddling rivers. One of the many is the Clearwater River where you need good maneuvering skills. This is a grade or class 3+ to 4, with a mandatory portage around a Class 6 drop. It's for advanced and expert kayakers, while at low water intermediate kayakers and guided novice rafters will have no trouble running this river, no open canoes at any time. This river is fast moving and technical with a paddling time of approximately four hours.

If you're looking for a warm up for some advanced paddling, try the Thompson River, between Goldpan campground and the Nicoamen River. Novice kayakers with intermediate and advanced kayakers, expert open canoeists, intermediate and advanced rafters will find the section of the Thompson to their liking. It's a grade or class 2 and 3, and will take approximately two hours to complete. The Thompson River from Nicoamen River to Lytton is for advanced paddlers only, and is classed from a 3+ to 4, and maybe to a 5 during runoff. This section of the river will take anywhere from three to six hours. Other rivers to enjoy paddling in this region are, the Adams and the Nicola. For the adventurous rafters, take a guided trip down the Fraser or the Nahatlatch and enjoy sheer whitewater rafting.

The Clearwater-Azure Lakes is an easy circuit trip that is suitable for novice and intermediate paddlers. This 96 km (60 mi.) return trip will take from four to five days and because it's located in the Wells Gray Park camping is allowed at designated sites only. This is a nice safe paddling trip, but stay close to shore and watch for storm squalls and winds, they come up suddenly and can be quite intense. Still another excellent trip is to canoe the Murtle Lake route. Murtle Lake is a designated Nature Conservancy, so there are no motor boats allowed, camp only in the allowed sites and always remember to pack out your garbage. Allow anywhere from four to five days to explore some of the shorelines. Like so many lakes in British Columbia wind is a big factor, always be prepared.

Before heading out on these waters and back country canoeing, check with local dealers and clubs in the area for the latest conditions. Be safe, have fun!

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