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Water Sports in the Wild at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

The Siwash Lake wilderness area is rich with natural, backcountry waters. Small secluded lakes, rivers and streams meander throughout, beckoning for water play in the wild—swimming, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding.

Stand up paddle boarding at Siwash Lake - you never know who may join you!   Siwash Lake is a private lake and we have a dock beginning at shore's edge that extends out past the reeds for wonderful swimming right in front of the lodge, as well as another dock further out in deep water.

The water is fresh and clear, lightly mineralized, with a depth of about 20 feet, so the temperature is just right for cooling off. Most of our guests, especially the younger bunch, make this a daily event. The lake is a half mile long so keen swimmers can get a good workout if they wish.

There's plenty of other opportunities for swimming in the wild while partaking in our guided half-day adventures. Try cooling off in the crystal clear waters of the bubbling pool during the Crater Lake Waterfalls & Fire Ecology Hike.

During day two of the Equine Experience there's space in your saddle bags for your swim gear. Your trusty mount will be tied safely to the nearest tree while you take a dip in the river.

Water Play in the Wild

Boaters can flex paddling muscles and investigate our aquatic flora and fauna—an old beaver lodge, unusual breeds of wild ducks and geese, and brilliant yellow water lilies.

You can skim across shimmering Siwash Lake in one of our sleek, light-weight kayaks. For twosomes, we also have canoes available.

Or try stand-up paddle boarding—you never know who may join you!


Children under the ages of 12 must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times when in, on, or near any body of water. Life jackets are provided for all ages and are mandatory for children. We are pleased to give boating lessons if needed. For those uncomfortable with the motions of a canoe, kayak or paddle board, we also have a sturdy, flat bottomed rowboat.

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