Murtle Lake is world-famous as the largest canoe-only lake in North America. Set in a pristine mountain valley, the north and west arms are approximately 20 km long, and the lake averages three kilometres wide. The park is officially open from May 15 to September 30.
Murtle lake is located in Wells Grey Park located north of highway 5 between Jasper and Kamloops, near the town of Clearwater. Murtle Lake is accessed off highway #5 at Blue River. Drive 27 km west on a winding, narrow, gravel road to the parking lot. From there, a 2.5 km level trail (canoe-cart accessible) leads to the canoe launch.
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Posted By: tigger & sweetums
- Fri Jul 31 09:24:33 EDT 2009
UpsideSpectacular scenery, great fishing, restricted access
DownsideBeware! Return hike is uphill!
CommentWe spent a week in August on the lake in 2008. We camped in three locations and were alone each time. Campsites are provided with firewood but you may need to forage for it a bit. The effects of pine beetle are evident everywhere.
We saw lots of wildlife and took dozens of pictures. The old growth forest is in sharp contrast to logged areas around Blue River.
If you enjoy remote access this is the trip for you. We would go back again but there are many other places to visit before we return. 2009 is the year for Morice Lake.
Posted By: RobinAtkins
- Mon Jun 19 13:01:28 EDT 2006
CommentThe GPS data contains waypoints for campsites.