information, rates and routes

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INFORMATION

Included with every canoe or kayak rental is; 3 quality Canadian-made wooden paddles, 2 personal flotation devices (life jackets), bailer, throw line, and sponge. Children's personal floatation devices are available, please book in advance to ensure availability. 

At the moment, we are only able to accept rental payments in cash.

You can paddle straight from here on Opheim Lake and up the connecting chain of 4 lakes. Find more information and routes below.

If you'd rather transport equipment to paddle elsewhere, a 'car top kit' is included with every rental. 
The kit includes bow and stern ropes, foam blocks and scratch protected straps for simple safe transport.

Feel free to get in touch if you have questions about routes or equipment

rates

Canoes and Kayaks

1 Day  $45

2 Days   $80

3 Days   $105

4 Days   $125

5 Days   $145

6 Days   $165

7 Days   $185

After 7 days the rate is $20 per day
Electric motor is an additional $10 per day
Canoes are 16-17' fibreglass and/or Kevlar and are very stable and portable (range from 56-70lbs)
Kayaks are 14’ polymer.

Stand-up Paddleboard

1 Board  $25/day (less than a week); $20/day (7 days or longer) 

2 Boards  $40/day (less than a week), $35/day (7 days or longer) 

 

If rental equipment is returned in damaged condition, the renter will be responsible for and repair costs. Replacement cost for lost, stolen or destroyed rental equipment, including canoes, is at full retail value.

 

routes

ON OUR DOOR STEP

Right on our door step is the Beaver Valley Four Lakes Chain. There's no need to transport kayaks and you can enjoy a day route of the lower chain including Opheim Lake or take a more challenging multi-day route to complete all four. Details on both are below. Swimming in the lakes during Summer months is not only safe but recommended for a refreshing cool-off!

multi day

  • Beaver Valley Four Lakes Chain (1 – 3 days) -  Approximately 17 km of slow moving, meandering water with primitive campsite facilities.  The route weaves its way from sporadic evidence of ranching and farming activity on Opheim and Chambers Lake to the wilderness tranquility of Joan Lake and ultimately Rye Lake, an area proposed for a wilderness park. Location:  Travel 40 minutes east of Hwy 97 near Williams Lake, B.C. on the Likely Road.
     
  • Ghost Lake – Located north east of HWY 97 in the Cariboo Mountains.Provincial Park, approximately 120 km from where you pick up your canoe at our farm.  Due to the distance over a gravel road, an overnight or longer trip is recommended. 
     
  • Moose Valley Canoe Chain (1 or 2 days) -  This provincial park has a chain of 12 small lakes and is popular as a day or overnight canoeing destination.  Campsites are located at either end of the lake chain.  This colourful marshy area is full of aquatic plants and wildlife, such as moose, deer, waterfowl and amphibians. 
     
  • Location:  Travel south on HWY 97, before you reach the District of 100 Mile House turn west onto Exeter Station Road. Then turn west on 1100 Road to the 1117 marker, turn right on a one-lane road and travel 9 km to Marks Lake.  Vehicles with 4x4 and high clearance are recommended.  (Travel time: approx. 1 hr 30 min)
     
  • Flat Lake Provincial Park – Southeast of 100 Mile House. This chain of lakes offers a two day, 20km return trip from Davis Lake through several unnamed lakes. Easy portages, rustic campsites.
     
  • Nazko Lake Canoe Chain (2-3 days) - This provincial park is part of the of the Chilcotin Plateau. This is a beautiful chain of five lakes. Start at Derpelt Lake and end in the Nazko River at Gem Falls.  This area is good habitat for moose and fur bearing animals.   
     
  • Location:  Dry weather route - Travel west on HWY 20 from Williams Lake and past Alexis Creek (111 km from Williams Lake) and Bull Canyon Park then turn right on Alexis Lakes Road. Travel approximately 32 km, turn left onto the 4600 Road (Clusko-Aneko Forest Service Road). The road to Loomis Lake and the Nazko Lake Canoe Chain is at kilometre 11.5, on the right, just past the 4645 marker sign. Loomis Lake is 11 km from the 4600 Road, and Deerpelt Lake, where the Canoe Chain starts, is about another 2.5 km. (Travel Time: approx. 2 hr)
     
  • Wet weather route - Travel west on HWY 20 approximately 67 km, turn right on the 1300 Road (also called Bush Road or Alex Graham/Raven Lake Forest Service Road). Continue on the 1300 Road for approximately 44 km. Just past the 45 marker sign on the 1300 Road turn left onto the 4600 Road and travel 45.5 km and turn right, just past the 4645 marker sign. Loomis Lake is 11 km from the 4600 Road, and Deerpelt Lake, where the Canoe Chain starts, is about another 2.5 km.  (Travel Time: appox. 2 hr 20min)
     
  • Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit (2-10 days) - This popular provincial park canoe chain requires registration through BC Parks (web link below).  This is a 116 km chain of lakes and will take 6 to 10 days to complete . The west side of the circuit can be paddled in 2 to 4 days. This chain is renowned for its beautiful diversity.  It is recommended that those who attempt the circuit have some wilderness canoeing experience.  Drive in campsites are available near the registration centre.  
     
  • Location:  Drive north on HWY 97, past the City of Quesnel and turn onto HWY 26 to the District of Wells and the historic town of Barkerville.  Follow the signs to the parks entrance.  (Travel Time: approx. 3 hr)
     
  • Turner Lake Canoe Route. Location: Coast Mountains in Tweedsmuir Park. Second in popularity to the Bowron Circuit. Starts with a 16.4km portage!

one day

  • Lower Beaver Valley Four Lakes Chain - Opportunities for wildlife viewing abound as you dip your paddle in silence and serenity. The valley is home to an exceptionally rich diversity of flora and fauna as it is in a unique biogeoclimatic subzone:  the Sub-Boreal Spruce moist hot subzone (SBSmh).  We hope to enhance your enjoyment of this lovely area.
     

  • Upper Valley Beaver Valley Lakes – Several small lakes to explore.
     
  • Numerous small fishing lakes within 5 to 30 minutes of Cariboo Canoe and Kayak Rentals. We can provide more details about these lesser known lakes.
     
  • Big Lake - Just 10 minutes from where you pick up your canoe, Big Lake is a popular fishing lake holding rainbow trout, kokanee and lake trout.
     
  • Dugan Lake - Turn right off HWY 97 onto Horsefly Road and travel 7 km.  This small lake has a recreation site with picnic tables and some campsites. There is good fishing for Brook trout in this lake. 
     
  • Williams Lake - This lake is bordered by the City of Williams Lake.  Stop in at the Tourist Information centre and then follow the signs to Scout Island.  There is a picnic area, swimming, boat launch, restrooms and nature centre. This lake has a marsh area around the island and the remainder of the lake has number of sand and gravel beaches.  Even though the lake is bordered by the city, wildlife abounds as can be seen by the photograph above of a buck going for a summer swim.  
     
  • Lac La Hache – Located 70 km south of Williams Lake on HWY 97. This lake is 20 km long and offers good fishing for trout, kokanee and burbot.  The day use area is just off Highway 97 and has an adventure playground, picnic tables, picnic shelter, boat launch, developed beach, change house and flush toilets.
     
  • Felker and Chimney Lake - Take HWY 20 west of Williams Lake and turn onto Chimney Lake Road for 24km.  Recreational campsites and picnic areas are available at both lakes.  Chimney Lake is popular for swimming and has a number of islands you can explore.  Both lakes have good fishing for trout and kokanee. 
     
  • McLeese Lake -  Located 45 km north of Williams Lake on HWY 97.  This is a popular fishing lake for trout, kokanee and whitefish.  
     
  • Tyee Lake - Turn east off HWY 97 onto Lynes Creek Road at the Barkerville sign near McLeese Lake.  You will pass the Forest Lake Recreation turn off on 14.3 km then travel an additional 8.7 km to the Tyee Lake Recreation site.  This is a popular local lake for fishing trout and kokanee.