Canoeing and Sea Kayaking
Murtle Lake is North America’s largest paddle-only lake, with miles and miles of yellow sand beaches, rainbow trout and kokanee fishing, wildlife, mountain hikes, and more. No powerboats allowed, no pets allowed. We now offer canoe rentals there. For info go to www.murtlecanoes.com
Not enough for you? Clearwater and Azure Lake offer over 50 km of paddling, with beaches, waterfalls, rivers, hikes, wildlife, and limited use by powerboats (Jetskis prohibited).
Want more? Mahood Lake offers rustic lightly maintained lake shore sites at its east end that rarely see use: far away from the beaten path. We will be offering canoes for rent at Mahood this year – call 250-674-2194 for details.
Whitewater Rafting and Kayaking
Local knowledge is critical here – get some advice before your first trip!
The lower Clearwater River is a mecca for whitewater fans. Three rafting companies Liquid Lifestyles, Riverside Adventures and Interior Whitewater Expeditions offer guided trips, from half-day to multi-day, through world class whitewater and mind blowing scenery. A must do experience on any Wells Gray wilderness trip. Preteens to grandparents, everyone is welcome.
If you are a whitewater kayaker, know your limits, as the Clearwater River has chewed on more than a few boats and people. Make friends at the local raft companies to find out what the conditions are like, and what you need to know. Kayaking lessons are available locally as well, if you want to give this high adrenaline sport a try.
Boaters have access to Clearwater, Azure and Mahood Lakes. All three are suitable for overnight camping trips, but not really for water sports. Personal watercraft (Jetskis or Seadoos) are banned outright, and water skiers have found conditions too cold and driftwoody for much fun.
This does leave lots of room for great fishing and some wonderful overnight camping opportunities. Make sure you have your camping fees and licences in order as all lakes are patrolled daily by Park staff. Check lake specific pages for more info.