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On Lac du Bois - Kamloops Trails

On Lac du Bois – Kamloops Trails

On a sunny May morning, I launched my kayak into marshy Lac du Bis and paddled the shoreline, a 3.3 km route.    There was lots to see and no one else around.

There were lots of ducks on the lake, including this coot.

In the morning the low sun shone with filtered light into the shaded bays of the lake.  A quiet and peaceful place.

Pairs of mating ducks dabbled or dove in the bays, keeping an watchful eye on the 18 foot long intruder.

On this day I spotted over 30 western painted turtles sunning on logs.

I must have approached a marsh wren nest so this small bird perched on top of the reeds and gave me a piece of its mind.

I was pleased with the variety of waterfowl on the lake, most of which scuttled away, but this grebe and I managed to share an arm of the lake.

After paddling for about 3.5 km, I landed and then secured my boat, so I could go for a short hike into the hills above to enjoy the spring growth in the upper grasslands.

 

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Doug Smith

Doug writes for Kamloops Trails, a not-for-profit (and ad free) website, offering information on trails, waterways, routes, featured spots, viewpoints, and explorations in the outdoors in the Kamloops area (and beyond).

Doug started exploring this area in 1976 and continues to follow tracks and routes wherever they lead, with the aid of map, compass, GPSr and camera. After many dead-ends, but also many discoveries, he chose to share this information.

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