With over 1,600 lakes, rivers, and streams within a 100 km radius of Prince George, it can be difficult to choose a paddling location. Whether you’re looking for a short paddle or a daytrip or enjoy paddle boarding, canoeing, or kayaking, we’ve got you covered. Head out on the water with friends, family, furry companions, or even go solo to check out some of these amazing paddle-friendly locations.
Shane Lake (Central)
Located within the Forests for the World park area, Shane Lake is a portage destination only. The 10-15 minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trip however, as paddlers will be treated to lush nature scenery, immense biodiversity including waterfowl and beavers, and a chance to fish for rainbow trout.
Nechako River (Central) (Not currently suggested due to water levels)
This river in the heart of Prince George is a destination for paddlers as well as float convoys on hot summer days. One popular run is the Foothills-Confluence run which begins at Nechako Riverside Park and ends at the parking lot near the confluence of the Nechako and Fraser River, a distance spanning roughly ten kilometers.
Summit Lake (North)
Located 50km North on Highway 97, this quiet, peaceful lake is home to gorgeous views and many channels and inlets where you can store your boat and hop out for a quick swim. Paddlers looking to spend more time in the area may be interested in various trails nearby, including a hike up Teapot Mountain which features a breathtaking view of the Summit Lake waterways.
West Lake (West)
West Lake is located about 26km west on Highway 16. You can put-in at the boat launch or at the day-use beach and make your paddle as long or as short as you want. Be sure to watch out for motorboats as this is also a popular location for boating. Beat the afternoon crowds by going for a sunset paddle on the calm evening waters.
Norman Lake to Dahl Lake (West)
Located about an hour (64km) west of town, Norman Lake is a great location for a day paddle. Paddlers can cruise around Norman Lake and then head down the channel into Dahl Lake. Dahl Lake provides calm waters as motorized boats are not allowed. This is a great place to adventure and seek out spectacular views.
Tours are Available through the Following Operators
Pretty Wild Adventure Co.: Pretty Wild is operated by Cherrie and Kim and provides women a safe place to explore and experience Northern BC.
Northwest Brigade Paddling Group: Check out their Facebook page as people post about their adventures, provide river updates, and arrange meet-ups.
Adventure Bus Tour Company: Founder and lead guide Meg, offers backcountry Hikes, paddling adventures, guided tours, and more.
Born to Board: Operated by Kimberly, Born to Board offers skill building and educational resources for those inserted in stand up paddling.
About the Author: Lindsay Dagenais was born and raised in Richmond BC. She moved to Prince George in 2017 to attend the University of Northern British Columbia. Lindsay is a full-time student studying outdoor recreation tourism management and conservation. When she’s not focusing on school, she likes to check out the local downtown shops and restaurants, relax by lakes and adventure through nature.