Clearwater and Azure Lake are located right at the end of the Clearwater Valley Road – the main road accessing the park. It’s ideal for visitors who have a short time to spend in Wells Gray Park, but still want to experience the quintessential Canadian pastime. You can rent a canoe and all your equipment from Clearwater Lake Tours, pack a lunch, and enjoy Clearwater Lake for a few hours – or a few days! On a longer trip, it is possible to make the portage from Clearwater to Azure Lake and experience an area relatively few people visit.
Both Clearwater and Azure Lake offer family friendly camping. There are several camping areas located throughout the two lakes, each with outhouses and picnic tables, bear proof food caches, and fire rings. All campsites are patrolled and maintained on a daily basis.
The two lakes are linked by a fairly fast flowing stream. A portage route is available to avoid paddling upstream. The trail is about 500m, rocky with several canoe rests along the way. Just a quick note, there are stair sets and lots of rocks along the way. Also, avoid paddling in the middle of the stream – not only is the flow the strongest in the middle, but powerboats heading up or down the stream will find it hard to avoid you.
Drop by the information centre to pick up your free Marine Map and Park Map!
Unfortunately, you cannot reserve any of the back country campsites on Clearwater Lake. These sites are all first come first serve. Overnight visitors can pay at the lake with a self registration system (cash only). Deposit cash in the envelope, fill out the information, and place in the lock box at the boat launch.
If you do not have a canoe, you can rent one at Clearwater Lake Tours. Prices are: $75/day | $140/2days | $200/3days | $215/4 days and $250 for 5-7 days. This price includes paddles, lifejackets and safety gear. We highly reccomend you book these canoes in advance. Please contact us with the dates you are interested in if you would like to reserve a canoe!
Yes! There are some great companies that run amazing guided canoe trips on Clearwater Lake.
These companies include:
If you are interested in availability or would like any help arranging a guided canoe trip. Please contact us as we would love to help you arrange it.
Please be aware that not all trails on this map are maintained. If you have questions about trail conditions – please contact us!
Campfires are allowed in the designated fire rings at each campsite. Firewood can be purchased at the information centre, or you may bring your own. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please DO NOT gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park. This is a ticketable offence. Dead wood is very important for the habitat and many plants and animals rely on this dead wood