Wells Gray Park 2018 - Regular park services start beginning of May! North Thompson and Pyramid now accessible. Clearwater Lake/ Clearwater Marine -May 15 opening. Mahood -May 15 opening. Murtle Lake estimated opening- May 21 Please check back for updates as there is a heavy snow load.

Murtle Canoes

2015 Heading into fall - a great time to visit!

www.murtlecanoes.comMurtle Canoes

We’ve seen several off-site canoe rental outfitters come and go. Our customers asked us time and time again for another option in canoe rentals, so finally in 2009 we bowed to their requests and started a rental service of our own. This is a small operation - limited to 18 canoes (Hellman).
We offer premium Hellman canoes from the shore of Murtle Lagoon. Just grab one of our gear carts from the parking lot, load your gear, strap on your backpacks and go! No more roof racks or canoe carts!
Hellman Canoes are hand built in Nelson BC, with Duralite and Duratuff epoxy systems. They are light, fast and track very well - this is a premium canoe that ranks with the top brands in the world according to canoeing magazines.
Some previous experience in a canoe is strongly advised. If you haven’t paddled before, Murtle is not the lake to start on.

2015 Canoe Rental Rate:
*minimum 2 day rental required     Please visit www.murtlecanoes.com for full details.

Email us to reserve a canoe or check availability
*Rental rates do not include camp site fee.

Click here
for instructions on how to pay your camping fees.
Or you may choose to pre-pay your camping fees at Discover Camping Backcountry Registration.

How We Work:
  1. All bookings must be made in advance by email. Why? Because canoes are booked from an office in Clearwater and staff at Murtle Lake need to be notified of new bookings well ahead of time. Note: we are currently switching to an online booking service - we hope to have it up and running by April 2016
  2. You will need to meet our staff at the lagoon to pick up your canoe at the daily prearranged meeting time - 11:00 am. Why? Because we cannot store the canoes at the lagoon or the parking lot, so we bring them out to you from our cabin on the lake for the date and time of your reservation.
  3. You will need to return your canoe at the prearranged return time - 11:00 am. Why? Same reason as 2, we cannot store them there.
  4. Why only one daily meeting time? The folks who deliver your canoe are the same people who look after the campsites and trails on the lake. They need to be out patrolling and maintaining Murtle Lake to keep it clean and safe.
  5. What happens if you are late picking up or returning your canoe? If you are late to pick up your rental we will wait for 30 minutes, then leave. You will still be charged for the full day. And it’s possible if you are late to return your rental, the next renter will be tapping their toes at the launch wondering where you are with their cano. Please be considerate of others and return your canoe on time.
    If you foresee keeping this meeting schedule being an issue, you may want to consider booking with the Blue River Campground.

Please visit www.murtlecanoes.com for full details.

  • Clearwater Lake Cabins

    The cabins have been removed. Sorry! :)
    Click here for more info.

  • Clearwater Lake

    New! There is now a small store at Clearwater Lake Campground with pay per use showers, and two cabins for rent. Ice, basic groceries, and some camping type stuff is available.
  • Good To Know

    There are several picnic stops along the Clearwater River, including Red Springs and Deer Creek.

  • About Clearwater

    About an hour and 20 minute drive north of Kamloops, Clearwater has one or two of everything; a small supermarket(Safety Mart), a hospital, a library, a couple of hardware stores, several auto mechanics, fine dining, and lots of excellent hotels, B and B's, and motels.

    The town is also a hive of outdoor adventure. You can try just about every outdoor activity imaginable, including:

    • Whitewater rafting & kayaking
    • Dog sledding
    • Horseback riding
    • Guided fly fishing
    • Guided canoe adventures
    • Cross country skiing
    • Hiking
  • Blue River

    Blue River is a good place for a pit stop, but don't look for much in the way of facilities. There are several motels and restaurants, a couple gas stations, two general stores, and a medical station. That’s about it. There's no bank, so if you need cash get it in Clearwater or Valemount. The same goes for most groceries and camping supplies.

  • Murtle Canoes Sidebar

    Murtle canoes has its own website! Visit murtlecanoes.com for all the details.

    Note: Gear carts are provided for our customers, and there is usually a good supply at the parking lot. During peak rental season you may have to walk to the lagoon to bring back an empty cart for transporting your gear to the lagoon. NOTE: Do NOT lock up any of these courtesy carts.

    The Fine Print:
    Canoe rentals must be prepaid through PayPal. Go to murtlecanoes.com for details. You must collect your canoe at the specified meeting time. No canoes are left onsite.
    Sorry, no single day rentals
    Taxes are included in the rental fee. Camping fee of $5 per person per night (6 and older) is not included in the rental fee.
    There is a $20 charge for a lost paddle or life jacket.

    Cancellation Policy:
    95% of your rental fee will be refunded with more than 3 weeks’ notice
    80% of your rental fee will be refunded with 1 to 3 weeks’ notice
    No refund on rentals cancelled with less than 1 week to the pick up date

    Murtle Canoes is a fully insured operation of Blackwell Parks Ltd.