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Kayak, SUP, Sail and more!
Kootenay Lake, more than 120km long and one of the largest in BC, is perfect for trying out sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and canoeing. We're thankful to Friends of Kootenay Lake, a wonderful organization helping keep Kootenay Lake pristine and clean for your lake adventures.
Marinas on Kootenay Lake
The local sailing association, KLSA holds the annual sailing regatta each May, and offers friendly support to people learning to sail. They also hold races and other events for sailors. Sailing on the lake is generally accepted to be relaxed and friendly. Sail Nelson and Red Sky at Night also offers sailing tours.
Lake and River Sports: Rentals and More
The lake is perfect for water adventures and sports such as boating, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, SUP and canoeing. Rentals are offered at businesses along the lake, notably in Nelson, Balfour and Kaslo. Kaslo Shipyards provides boats to see the many beaches and inlets of the lake, creating memorable experiences - watch their video.
See our listings below for more details.
Preventing Invasive Species
We want to keep Kootenay Lake pristine and free of invasive species. If you are on a paddle board, kayak, or sailboat we remind you to CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY your watercraft and equipment. For more information of how you take action and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species, please visit the CKISS website.
Kaslo Kayaking &
Canoe, SUP, windsurf or kayak tours, lessons and rentals are offered at Kaslo Kayaking on Kootenay Lake in Kaslo, BC.
- 315 - A Avenue, Kaslo | 250-353-1925
Nelson Whitewater Rafting Co.
We offer trips on the class 3/4 Salmo River Shenango Canyon & the class 2/3 Slocan River Facchina Rapids Tour. Transportation is provided to and from downtown Nelson, all necessary equipment is supplied and a photo service is available.
- 1-877-808-7238 | www.nelsonwhitewaterrafting.com
Lardeau River Adventures
We offer an unparalleled whitewater rafting experience on the pristine Lardeau River. Suitable for all abilities, these crystal waters wind through breathtaking scenery and home to an abundance of wildlife.
- 1-855-400-RAFT (7238) | www.lardeauriveradventures.com
Rivers Oceans & Mountains Shop is your adventure basecamp in the Kootenays. We specialize in ski touring, telemark, kayaking, SUP, camping, hiking equipment and trips.
- 639 Baker Street, Nelson
- 250-354-2056 | www.roamshop.com
Jones Boys Boats
Jones Boys is committed to fulfilling your recreation needs with our wide selection of Boats, ATV's and Outboards. We also have runabouts, pontoon boats, and PWCs available to rent on Kootenay Lake.
- Located at Ainsworth Hot Springs
- 250-353-2550 | www.jonesboysboats.com
Nelson Paddle Board and Kayak Rentals
Hellman Canoes and Kayaks
Kokanee Creek Paddle Sports
Kokanee Creek Paddle Sport rents single & double Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards at great rates. Come see us at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in the Friends Campground.
- Website | 250-825-0117
Friends of Kootenay Lake