Horseshoe Rapids (Invermere)

KayakingCanoeingBoat LaunchCamping

  • Rec Site #:REC5022
  • Type:Maintained
  • Fees:None
  • Campsites:2
  • Access:Road
  • Facilities:Boat Launch
  • Site Description: Whitewater paddlers often use this quiet, out-of-the-way campsite on the west bank of the Kootenay River. The two sites can accommodate tents and truck campers, but not trailers as there is little turnaround area. To paddlers, the Horseshoe Rapids are classified as medium difficulty Class III rapids located along a scenic reach of the Kootenay River. Consult "A Paddler's Guide to the Vermillion-Kootenay River" available at the District office, local Visitor Info Centres, and Kootenay National Park. At high water, a one-metre high standing wave can amuse kayakers for hours. This site is maintained by the Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club. Visit nearby Natural Bridge/ Cross River Canyon Recreation Trails at km 14 on the Cross River Forest Service Road for a short hike to a scenic canyon and waterfall. Park at Nipika Resort.

  • Driving Directions: Drive north 19.9km on Hwy 93 from Radium through Kootenay National Park to Settler's Road. After 12km, continue straight and travel the Raven's Head Road to km 19. Turn left for the short, final approach to the site. Alternate southern access from Canal Flats is possible along the Kootenay Forest Service Road (stay left at the 32.7 km mark). The road is accessible by car. Note: River travel recommended for knowledgeable whitewater paddlers only.

  • Fire Bans and Restrictions:Link

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