Great Hikes. Amazing Fishing. Giant Beaches.
About Canoeing Murtle Lake
Murtle Lake is world-famous as the largest canoe-only lake in North America.
Set in a pristine mountain valley, the north and west arms are approximately 20 km long, and the lake averages three kilometres wide. Because the lake is only accessible by foot, there are no power boaters, no partiers, nobody who isn't at least semi-serious about camping in a peaceful setting. It is a slice of canoe tripping heaven.
The trip starts with a slow 27 km drive down a gravel road from Blue River where the vehicles are then parked, and the travelling slows even further down to a 2.5 km portage through the forests to the canoe launch. We can use canoe carts (wheels), so the portage isn't that bad. Well, on the way down. The way back is uphill!
There are also several hikes all around the lake, ranging from 20 minutes to 4 hours.
Watch this great film below by Yeti Adventure Films that really captures the beauty of Murtle Lake canoeing.