On the Water


With over 500 kilometers of shoreline and 230 kilometers in length, boat to your hearts content. A rough day on the lake is 6" of chop! If you have a waterfront lot at Galena Shores, then you can have your own private waterfront dock. If you are a view lot owner, mooring balls and the community dock are available.  


Arrow Lake has great fishing for Gerrard Rainbows, Bull Trout and Kokanee Salmon. Trolling Lyman plugs, Bucktail Flies and apex lures are best tactics for targeting these fish. The best fishing is during late winter, mid-summer then through to late fall. During the summer months fly fishing near the creek mouths in also very productive. 

 Jet Skiing

Jet skiing is for many the best way to have water sports’ fun while on holiday. Those who love to make their own waves can make as many as they want on the uncrowded waters on Arrow Lakes.


We know it is tough to find a lake that you can actually paddle on that is not a little pond.  To give you an idea of the size of this lake, you can put about half of Mara Lake inside just Galena Bay.  The water on Galena Bay is mirror smooth 9 out of 10 days.  Venture outside of Galena Bay and you will soon run into the Beaton Arm, just North of Storm Point and Galena Bay.  If you thought Galena Bay was calm, the weather NEVER gets into the Beaton Arm.  Canoeing or kayaking like you have never experienced is yours to enjoy.  The Nakusp Paddling Club, with the help of a Columbia Basin Trust grant, commissioned local cartographer and geographer Kyle Kusch to prepare a set of maps for paddlers on the Arrow Lakes. The following maps are provided for your use and enjoyment. Information is accurate at time of printing, but is subject to change.  

 Scuba Diving

When Arrow Lakes were raised by 75' a number of old towns and sites were submerged.  There is a sawmill at the north end of Galena Bay. Local drowned townsites are Arrowhead, Comaplix and Beaton.  The sternwheeler Minto was burnt and sunk in Galena Bay in 1968.  All of these are just waiting to be explored by recreational scuba divers.


You have probably heard that Arrow Lakes are COLD!  Yes, it is cold by the ferry where it is 700' deep, but in beautiful Galena Bay where it is only 110' deep on hot sunny days in the summer it is between 75 - 80 F and GREAT for swimming.  Since there is so little boat traffic it is truly pleasant.  Quiet, restful, no wake.  What could be better than floating on your back looking at the towering snow-capped mountains reflected perfectly in the warm Galena Bay water.  Last one in, gets less time in the water!

 Water Skiing

No need to get up at the crack of dawn for the mirror smooth water.  The water is like that all day long in Arrow Lakes.  Ski your heart out!

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