By October it is rare to see another boat on either the South or North Thompson Rivers. The boat launches remain open but we are more likely to see dog walkers than power boats. We continue to launch our kayak onto the river to paddle various routes on the river. Downstream is always easier but requires vehicle support so most outings are to paddle upstream then back or vice versa. One of the best routes is to launch at Pioneer Park and paddle upstream to Valleyview and back.
The river is low in fall but that leaves gravel bars to launch from and many places to land. Although the water is cooler, it is not yet cold. Neoprene boots are a good choice for wet launches and landings. We also wear a spray skirt in the fall and early spring.
The shoreline has few visitors, but there are many ducks, geese, seagulls. On this day we also spotted a young great blue heron and some migrating spring salmon.
On a windless day, the sky is reflected into the peaceful river.
Geese take up residence along the banks of the river for most of the winter. They were spotted in groups of 25 – 30 in several places on the South Thompson River.
We paddle upstream for about 45 minutes before turning around, taking our time to paddle and drift downstream in the last days of paddling for the year.
In most years we can paddle into November, but we are cautious about temperature and wind so we choose the right times, days, and routes. We have been able to get the boat into the water at the end of February some years so the kayaking season is sometimes 9 months.
Now that the busy time on the rivers is over, I have returned to paddle both rivers. On these days in October and November it is rare to see anyone else in a boat. Today I paddled down the river … Continue reading →
Every spring we paddle down the South Thompson River in 21 km outings. From the Lafarge Bridge (NE side) we launched our kayaks and enjoyed a 3 hour flatwater paddle from Lafarge to Pioneer Park. Using a two vehicle system, … Continue reading →
Each spring we try to paddle downriver using 2 vehicles to shuttle our kayaks. On the South Thompson river we have 4 days of paddling: Chase to Pritchard (21 km) Pritchard to Lafarge (21 km) Lafarge to Pioneer Park (21 … Continue reading →
tIn spring we start our paddling season on the South Thompson and North Thompson Rivers. The best launch is from Pioneer Park, but we also go to other launch sites to paddle different parts of the rivers. With Valleyview Boat … Continue reading →