Arrow Lakes Paddling Route (Castlegar - Nakusp - Revelstoke)

GPS Downloads

  • KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps.
  • GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colours and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead when possible.
  • GPX-Garmin are GPX files that we have optimized for older Garmin units that only display tracks that contain 500 points or less (such as Garmin eTrex units).

Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit.

About the Journey: 

The Arrow Lakes are divided into Upper Arrow Lake and Lower Arrow Lake, are widenings of the Columbia River. The lakes are situated between the Selkirk Mountains to the east and the Monashee Mountains to the west. Beachland is fairly rare, and is interspersed with rocky headlands and steep cliffs. Mountain sides are heavily forested, and rise sharply to elevations around 2,600 metres.

The original routing and descriptions were produced by Kelly Kusch for the Nakusp Paddling Club Society. Trails BC has been given permission to post this route, but users should review the original guide, available on the Paddling Club's website

Note: This is merely a guide for information purposes. The Nakusp Paddling Club Society is not responsible for the safety or activity of lake users, and does not warrant the complete accuracy of this document.

If you would like to help us improve our mapping and populate this page with more information about paddling in this area, please contact Trails BC.

Journey Highlights: 

  • Up to 220 km of paddling in either direction
  • Campsites available within 30 km stretches (some wilderness with no services)