On Tunkwa Lake - Kamloops Trails

On Tunkwa Lake – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  November 3, 2020 at 9:00 am

On a mild early October day I paddled Tunkwa Lake, one of the best paddling day of 2020.   Partly-sunny skies and light winds are always a blessing when kayaking in the high country.

There are campgrounds and some private homes on the east and south sides of the lake, but the west side of the lake has pasture land, Parks lands, and some open forests.

In the west the forested slopes of Forge Mountain rise to 1978m.

On a snag overlooking a back channel a bald eagle watched over the area. watching for its next meal, unconcerned about the kayak right below.

On a stump on the west shore a northern harrier rested from its patrols over the grasslands.

tOn a branch on the northwest side of the lake a redtailed hawk perched, ready to take flight.

There were also lots of ducks and small birds to watch along the way.   The paddle around the lake is about 7.5 km, a perfect outing for a fall day.



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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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