Paddling Bleeker Lake - Kamloops Trails

Paddling Bleeker Lake – Kamloops Trails

Doug Smith  June 11, 2020 at 9:15 am

Bleeker Lake is 2 km north of Roche Lake.   Take the Bleeker Lake FSR and follow the bumpy backroad to the Rec Site on the north shore of the lake.   there is a small campsite there and a rough boat launch.   It is a popular fishing lake, but the lake is large enough for paddlers too.   A circuit of the whole lake is about 5 km.

I launched from a spot next to a campsite while campground was closed for overnight use.

A few ducks were on the lake, including some barrow’s golden eyes.

There was still a bit of snow on the south shore, which is at the foot of a hill.   Some pussywillows were caught in  sunny spot along the shore of the lake.

Mating pairs of ducks were in the shallow parts of the lake on the 1.25 hour loop.

contA ripple of wind arose near the end of the paddle as silver light appeared on the lake’s surface.

This is also a lake I enjoy in mid-summer, especially since flowering aquatic plants grow in the shallow, marshy areas (full of insects and other critters too) on the east and southeast end of the lake.  I hope to return and perhaps combine it will another paddle of nearby Hosli Lake (on a very rough road).


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