Divers Bluff Loop on Clearwater Lake
Posted on: September 12, 2018 2:02 pm
by: Doug Smith
At the very end of the Wells Gray road is the boat launch. Everywhere beyond is best explored in a boat. We can paddle 21 km north on one shoreline and 21 km back on the other shoreline. When the river volume drops in August, we can even paddle the additional 2.5 km up to Azure Lake by using back channels, eddies, and some shoreline lining, if necessary. Azure Lake provides another 24 km of paddling each way. For a day paddle, though, we can paddle up the lake to Divers Bluff Marine Campsite and back. 12.6 km on the lake. Any canoe or kayak can paddle up the lakeshore but seaworthy boats are needed to cross the lake if it is windy. We paddled up the east shore on a smoky day.
We try to paddle Clearwater Lake every year and Azure or Murtle Lake very third year. Smoky conditions have discouraged us from camping in these remote marine campsites this year and last year so we are waiting for our next clean-air opportunity.