Things To DoLakes, Rivers & Fishing

Spread your beach towel on a tranquil sandy lakeshore, paddle through crystal clear waterways and locate an alluring back eddy in which to cast your line. The watery wilds of Blue River await.

Pristine Wilderness PaddlingMurtle Lake

From May to the end of September, paddle true north, exploring Murtle Lake the only way you can – by canoe or kayak. Experience true quiet, where the only sounds you’ll hear are the ones Mother Nature creates…the call of a loon, splashing trout, and the wind blowing through the trees. Murtle Lake, with 100-km of rugged forested and sandy shores is your put-in point for backcountry adventures and legendary Rainbow trout fishing.

Bounded by ancient lava beds, Murtle Lake, is at the eastern end of Wells Gray Provincial Park, and is the largest lake in North America that does not allow motorized watercraft. Camping or paddling along its rugged shores is a blissfully quiet experience. Drink it all in. Whether you set your compass north or west, there’s plenty of wilderness, peace, and quiet for everyone here.

Make Summer MemoriesEleanor Lake

Disconnect for the day, soaking up the sun at Eleanor Lake. Go for a stroll on the beachside trail. Spread a blanket and catch up on the latest beach book. Work on your tan. Enjoy the children’s playground. Unplug. Picnic. Paddle a canoe. Teach your kids how to fish. Beat the heat with a cool dip in the water. Bury your toes in the sand and remember how easy it is to make warm summer memories when you make the time.

Eleanor Lake is not only in the heart of Blue River; it is the heart of Blue River. It’s where we gather on hot, summer days, to cool off in the water, or just to chill out. Completely outfitted with bathrooms and shower facilities, it’s where families can enjoy playtime together for a morning, afternoon, or just a welcome break from a day on the highway.

River & LakesideFishing Adventures

Find your favourite spot, unpack your tackle and set your reel flying. Listen to the sweet sound of it zipping through the air. Feel it land, just where you cast it, then settle back and wait for your first nibble.

Locals always seem to know the best spots to fish and that holds true in Blue River. Quiet creeks, hidden rivers, and unmarked lakes offer secret fishing holes swimming with Kokanee salmon, Dolly Varden, Lake and Rainbow trout. Ask any of the locals for their favourite spot, they’re bound to tell you about Angus Horn, Mystery Lake, Blue, and Twin Lakes, and Finn Creek, but there are always more places you can dangle a line.

Drag a spinner as you paddle, or drop your line fishing the creeks feeding Murtle Lake for legendary sized Rainbow trout that often tip the scales at 7 to 10 lbs. Murtle Lake isn’t the only spot to hook trout. Try angling the North Thompson River, Mud Lake, and Blue River. Fish from beneath the bridge at Bone Creek; it’s a local favourite and one of the best spots to catch fish.

Need to Know
  • You can rent kayaks, canoes from Murtle Lake Canoes
  • Gear carts are available at the Murtle Lake parking lot to help in your portage to the put-in site
  • Canoes for all lakes and wheels for Murtle Lake can be rented through Blue River Campground
  • Rent complete fishing gear from Blue River Campground
  • Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses (Plan) are required