Bowron Lake Circuit 2010 - Kayaker's Perspective

Bowron Lake Circuit 2010 - Kayaker's Perspective near Wells, BC

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132 kms
2days1 hour
Canoeing, Sea Kayaking
Spring, Fall
Wells, BC
User camshaft

Solo Kayak Trip July 25-29 2010 (Trailpeak editor's note: There are some nice panoramic images here, and use trailpeak search engine to see other entries for Bowron, notably the canoe rental styled trip).

Further info;


My GPS recorded 130km trip distance and 4 days 6 hours and hardest section was the (bad word) last dock, ramp going to the campground. This only applies to people not renting having to use bowron campground dock.

Registration to Kibbee Lake Portage 2.4 km 53m elevation gain Kibbee Lake to Indianpoint Lake Portage 2.0 km 50m elevation gain Indianpoint Lake to Isaac Lake Portage 1.6 km Isaac River Portage 2.8 km

Bowron Lake Park is a large wilderness area situated on the western slopes of the Cariboo Mountain Range. The world-renowned Bowron Lake Canoe Circuit encompasses a 116 km chain of lakes, waterways and connecting portages. This wilderness canoe trip takes from 6 to 10 days to complete, depending on your time frame and skill level. For those looking for a shorter trip, the west side of the circuit can be paddled in 2 to 4 days. It is recommended that those who attempt the circuit have some wilderness canoeing experience.

The park has tremendous diversity in topography and vegetation. The rounded hilltops of the Quesnel Highlands on the west side of the circuit have a unique character quite different from the imposing Cariboo Mountains on the eastern and southern sections of the circuit. The park is a place of many moods, from bright sunshine and placid blue lakes to angry gray waters and torrential rains.


Bowron Lake Park is located about 120 kilometers east of Quesnel. Drive north on Highway 97 through Quesnel, then follow signs onto Highway 26, which leads through Wells. Approximately 1km before the historic townsite of Barkerville, turn left onto the Bowron Lake Road. From there it's another 27 km to the park entrance on a wide, well-graded dirt road where a 25 unit frontcountry campground and the 116 km wilderness canoe circuit are located.

National Topographic Series 1:50,000 maps of the park are available at most BC map retailers. While they may be of interest, they are not necessary for people attempting the Canoe Circuit, as the park map and brochure are sufficient for navigation. Relevant maps are 93H2, 93H3, and 93H6.

I recommend picking up a ITMB bowron map which is now water proof 12-13 dollars from

Please check the bottom of the Description (above left; click) for the author's written directions.

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