Best Canoe Trip close to Kelowna

Best Canoe Trip close to Kelowna


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I heard about the waterway that runs between Oyama Lake and Streak Lake on the Aberdeen plateau and how it is a great place just waiting for canoeists to discover nature and finally made the trip today with Suzanne and Sydney. The highlights were the stop at Oyama Lookout on the way up Oyama Lake road and a Blue Herring taking off from very close to the canoe just after we began the journey to Streak Lake from Oyama Lake. With the high water levels this year, there was not only no problem for a canoe to travel between the two lakes but a larger fishing boat also made the journey successfully. The GPS track below will bring you to the lookout and after that there are signs that take you to Oyama Lake. Once you can see Oyama Lake, do not enter the resort to launch (unless you are a guest) but you can use the rec site just to the north of the resort entrance (like 15 yards, eh)

The first pictures below are of the Oyama Lake Recreation site where it is free to camp (you pay for what you get here – not even toilet paper in the outhouse). Once you enter the recreation site you will see the multiple islands of Oyama lake with gentle waves nipping at each shoreline and fishermen jostling for the seemingly best spot while the air is filled with smells of smokies cooking on the grills of a few campers who are taking advantage of the free campsite despite the teams of gawking fishermen launching their boats of all types and sizes in the one stall launch area.

 

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Aberdeen Plateau – Aberdeen Rd. – Winfield to Lumby

Aberdeen Plateau – Aberdeen Rd. – Winfield to Lumby

Have you explored the Aberdeen Plateau?  Don’t wait any longer, this area is an outdoor playground of all types.  The most common ways of entering the Aberdeen Plateau from Kelowna are;

  • Beaver Lake Rd. at Winfield
  • Oyama Lake Rd at Oyama
  • Highway 33 near Kelowna and Highway 6 near Lumby
High Rim Trail Head Sign near the Wrinkly Face Provincial Park border and Aberdeen Road crossing.

High Rim Trail Head Sign near the Wrinkly Face Provincial Park border and Aberdeen Road crossing.

Along with the well known Dee Lakes and Beaver Lake Backcountry and Fishing Resorts, the Aberdeen Plateau encases part of the High Rim Trail and  other hiking trails, appealing bushwacking destinations,  free campsites – BC Forest Service Recreation sites, mountian biking areas, fishing lakes (many with a close proximity to each other) hunting areas with many types of game, 4X4 and other motorised vehicle recreation areas, peace and quiet! The route that I drove was from Beaver Lake Rd. in Winfield, past Beaver Lake Resort and along Aberdeen Road all the way to Lumby on Highway 6.  The road is excellent for two or four wheel drive trucks.  If you are very cautious, you could even take a car over the route.

If you drive the route – you must be aware of Logging Trucks and stay to your side of the road!

If you want to use one of the best free campsites around at Doreen Lake, you better have a back up plan as this site is very popular! Here is a map of the area that show the free campsites. If you really like to rough it, the area is great for some crown land camping.  I would suggest to do some Google Earth mapwork, find an abondoned logging road, park on the side of the road and backpack in to your secret outdoor spot that you have input into your GPS! PS – Be Bear Safe!

Aberdeen Road heading to Lumby from Winfield.

Aberdeen Road heading to Lumby from Winfield.

Some lakes to visit: