Rocky Point Paddle

Our good friend Johnny and Alison introduced us to Rocky Point Park last year, and we’ve come back several times since. It’s a great family-oriented park with a large grassy field, a spray park, a Pajo’s fish and chips semi-outdoor food stand, a full service Boathouse restaurant, and a very good walking trail. Most importantly, the water is very calm here and it’s fairly easy to launch a paddleboard.

Grassy fields.
Spray park was closed in May 2020 due to covid 19. It’s open as of Sept 21, 2020 but we didn’t go near the crowds.

Having said that, there are a few things to keep in mind about paddling at Rocky Point. First of all, the inlet gets very shallow, and the water can be fairly far from shore at low tide. Secondly, there is a busy public boat ramp right at this park. This means there are basically two options to launch and take out a paddleboard: through slippery mudflats that also acts like quicksand with sharp barnacle-covered rocks, or next to trucks with trailers launching or pulling out their motor boats.

Large mudflats at low tide.
Pulling out at the vehicle boat ramp.
“Water not suitable for swimming… [due to] physical hazards and bacteria levels. Showering after contact with these waters recommended.” and “Danger, stay off the mudflats.”

Regardless, there are still a lot of paddleboarders, kayakers, and canoeists here. No swimmers though.

Our first paddle at Rocky Point in 2019. Johnny was already able to stand up with a passenger but I was still finding my balance with Junior in front.

Even though the water in the inlet is very calm, it can have little tiny waves. It’s a perfect next-step for leveling up from a small lake like Sasamat Lake, Rolley Lake, Alice Lake, or Deer Lake. In our first session, I spent 10-20 minutes paddling on my knees with Junior to build both of our confidence.

In May 2020, we went back to Rocky Point to start our summer paddling season.

After a few minutes of warm up, I was able to stand up! This would mark the first time I paddled standing up with Junior.

To wrap up our 2020 summer season, we came back to Rocky Point again. Tina and the boys hit the Shoreline Trail whereas I took an hour to paddle around.

To avoid the boat traffic coming off the boat ramp, I headed north to explore the multi-million dollar ocean front mansions. Many of these houses have a private dock and boat. I imagined what it would be like to live in a waterfront house. I might start paddling twice a day.

  • Difficulty – easy, with occasional waves especially from motorboats
  • Boat traffic – frequent motor boats, mostly keeping to the south side of the inlet
  • View – nice mix of distant mountains and shoreline houses
  • Facilities – flush toilet, food options, lots of activities onshore in Rocky Point Park
  • Overall score – 8/10

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