Make a splash in Revelstoke, BC.
Revelstoke is a water lover’s playground! If there is one thing that goes with epic snowfall, it’s epic run off! As the seasons change and the temperatures rise, the rivers and lakes around Revelstoke swell up with crisp, refreshing mountain water. If you don’t have a ton of time, here is a jam-packed Revelstoke Water Sports Itinerary that takes you on the best of the best, or read our blog post about paddling Lake Revelstoke.
Looking for white water rafting? We have two tour companies that run the famous Illecillewaet River. Check out our providers here.
Canoeing, kayaking & stand-up paddleboarding: If you’re looking for a soft adventure suitable for all ages and abilities, jump on a kayak tour. The Panoramic Lake and Mountain Views tour takes paddlers to a unique lake and river system surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains and valley. Bring a picnic lunch and head to Martha Creek Provincial Park. There is a pebbly beach with a large shoreline to explore and a great playground with scenery that can’t be beat. The water is cool, clear, and oh so refreshing! For a warmer water experience, head to Williamson Lake; perfect for all ages with picnic tables, a sandy beach, and dock. There is also a theatrical, pirate themed adventure on the Columbia River – check out our water sports providers listings here.
Fishing: Get your fishing license dialed in! Purchase at Service BC in the Revelstoke Courthouse or online at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca. Watch for changes in regulations, as they are updated frequently. Warm up your rod at Williamson Lake, south of Revelstoke. This small 3.9 hectare lake makes a nice urban fishery. Since 2009, rainbow have been stocked here on an annual basis.
Canoeing, kayaking & stand-up paddleboarding: Rent a paddleboard in the calm of the morning from one of our providers and choose Lake Revelstoke, the Columbia River, or Upper Arrow Lake to launch. If you’re new to the sport, taking a lesson is always a good idea. These areas are also popular with anglers, power boaters, canoers, and kayakers. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from a variety of providers; waterfalls, eddies, nooks and crannies are waiting to be explored.
Fishing: Head out to Lake Revelstoke, a large reservoir created by the Revelstoke Dam. Over 140 km long, this lake holds seven varieties of fish including Bull Trout (Dolly Varden), Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Rocky Mountain White sh, Burbot (Ling Cod), and Sturgeon. The Arrow Lakes are a reservoir on the Columbia River that starts at the narrows near East Arrow Park and stretch north to Revelstoke. There is highway access along its entire length with resorts, campsites and boat launches.
Canoeing, kayaking & stand-up paddleboarding: If you prefer to captain your own ship, white water kayaking could be the adventure for you. Revelstoke offers everything from the class II section of the Lower Jordan River, to the rowdy class IV-V sections of the Illecillewaet’s Box Canyon, the Upper Jordan, and the Pingston River. Blanket Creek’s iconic 60 foot Sutherland Falls is not for the faint of heart, or the inexperienced.
Fishing: For river fishing, the Goldstream is a great option. Found on the lonely stretch of highway between Revelstoke and Mica Creek, anglers will and Rainbow Trout to test their luck.
Closer to Revelstoke, the Jordan River flows south into the Columbia River. The upper reaches of the river offer fair fishing. An intensive stocking program has helped the fish stocks; however the river has special regulations. Getting into the open stretch of river requires a long and difficult bushwhack.
Revelstoke Water Sports FAQ’s:
Is there a tour provider or a company that runs courses?
Flexpeditions offers canoe tours, and white water kayaking tours & courses.
Is there are fishing charter in Revelstoke?
Yes, check out Remote Waters Guided Sport Fishing Charters.
Where can I rent a canoe, stand up paddleboard, or kayak in Revelstoke?
Canoes & Stand Up Paddleboards are available from Great Canadian Tours.
Kayak rentals are available from Natural Escapes Kayaking.
Canoe rentals are also available through Flexpeditions.
When is the best time of year to go white water rafting in Revelstoke?
The Illecillewaet River offers higher water levels, with fast-paced action from June through early July. As the water levels drop so does the minimum age for rafting. High water is usually restricted to around 12 years depending on conditions but the lower river levels of later July and August allow us to take more families with smaller children.
Revelstoke Water Sports – Locals Tip
If you’re looking for the warmest water in town, head to Williamson Lake. This small lake is perfect for all ages, with picnic tables, small beach, and dock. Canoe and paddleboard rentals are available to to explore. Try to find a western painted turtle, they love to sun on the logs at either end!