Columbia Canoe & Kayak Club

The Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club is based in the West Kootenays. They paddle lakes and a variety of  rivers with canoes and kayaks. An example of their trip schedule is seen below. This webpage is updated by RCABC whenever possible and is not an official website of the CCKC.

For more information email the President, David Knox at      davidknox at

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Columbia Canoe and Kayak Club Trip Schedule 2014

Please remember to contact the trip leader a couple of days beforehand for information and meeting place. If you have a last minute change of plans, please PHONE the trip leader as e-mails are not always read promptly. If you have suggestions for additional trips or if you can lead one of the trips with no leader thus far, please call Dave Knox 354-3954.

May 3 (Sat.) Macdonald’s Landing to Troup Junction on Kootenay Lake. flatwater, picnic on a beautiful white sand spit. Dave and Kristyn McIntosh 352-5496.

May 4 (Sun.) Salmo River. Porto Rico Rd. to Salmo; class 2 whitewater, world class scenery in our own backyard. Kevin Forsyth 229-4938.

May 11 (Sun.) West Arm Kootenay Lake. kayak and canoe, lake and moving water, instruction clinic Lakeside park to Taghum beach, to upgrade your skills to handle this easy section. Laurie Knox 354-3954.

May 17 (Sat.) Middle Salmo. Salmo town to Tailings Pond, moving class 1 water, cottonwood trees, Harlequin ducks, looking for trip leader.

May 24 (Sat.) Lower Arrow Lake. Syringa boat launch to Labarthe Tunnel loop; flat water. Pat West 304-2656.

May 31- June 1 (Sat.-Sun.) Similkameen River. class 1-2 small whitewater, majestic Ponderosa pines line the river, car camp on the river and do 2 day trips. Bert Port 365-6056.

June 7 (Sat.) Goat River. Creston area fast spring run-off river; grade 2+ (and 2 grade 3 portagable drops) Kevin Forsyth 229-4938.

June 8(Sun.) Canada Rivers Day Creston Marshes & Kootenay River. flat and moving water, class 1, lots of birds. Mel and Lyn Gardner 428-2854.

June 21 (Sat.) Pend d’Oreille River. A great place to paddle—we go up the Salmo to the rapids, then back to the Pend d”Oreille River for lunch then upstream. Awesome scenery, wilderness setting.
George Wilson/ Brian Henderson 357-2451.

June 28-29 (Sat.-Sun) Granby River (Grand Forks). Paddle whitewater on Sat; easy paddling Sunday. Howe Creek to before the canyon: grade 2 with some grade 3 drops. Lower Granby easy grade one with two short portagable grade 2 drops.Takeout is a 1.5 hour drive from Nelson. Kevin Forsyth 229-4938.

July 5 or 6 (Sat. or Sun.) Kootenay Lake. Kootenay Bay to Pilot Bay, Sawmill Cove; flat water, we need a trip leader for this one: call Dave Knox to volunteer 354-3954.

July 12 (Sat.) Moyie River. Very scenic grade one with short sections 1+(portagable); from Moyie Lake to the campsite on Hwy. 3/95 at Yahk ; possibility of camping overnight at Yahk Prov. Park the night before the trip. Drive time from Nelson is 2.5 hours. Kevin Forsyth 229-4938.

July 19 (Sat.) Mirror Lake (possible Kaslo) to Fletcher Falls and back. Pat West 304-2656.

July 26 (Sat.) Upper Little Slocan Lake. Upper Little Slocan Lake to Tedesco bridge on the Little Slocan River; outstanding scenery, wilderness you can drive to, camping opportunities, flatwater with some class 1 warm moving water. Kevin Forsyth 229-4938.

August 8-17 East Kootenay Rivers week. Group camp and paddle on Kootenay, White and Bull Rivers. Grade 2+ to 3+. Come for all or part and enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Dave Knox 250-354-3954.

Sept. 7 (Sun.) Kootenay Lake. west shore of south end of Kootenay Lake, put in at Balfour, paddle across the
west arm entrance and explore the beautiful beaches of the west side of the main lake. looking for a trip leader.

TBA (Sat-Sun) Garland Bay, Kootenay Lake. paddle the east shore of the north arm of Kootenay Lake; flat water, explore pictographs and Powder Creek, car camping at Garland Bay NORTH Rec. site (11kms north of Riondel). Come for the weekend or day excursions. Mel & Lyn Gardner 428-285

Sept. 27 (Sat.) Slocan Lake Boat Launch to Lemon Creek. Tour the Walter Clough Wildlife Santuary.
Pat West 304-2656.

Oct. 4 (Sat.) Lardeau River. class 2+, spawning kokanee, eagles, and grizzly bears; to experience this river is why you learn to paddle. Dave Knox 354-3954.

TBA CCKC Fall Wind-up.


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