The Kagawong River consists of two parts. The first, at the level of Lake Kagawong, flows in an easterly direction out of the Lake reaching and passes under Highway 540 just above Bridal Veil Falls. The river is navigable by canoe, kayak, paddleboat and other shallow draft boats. Canoes and kayaks can be rented nearby, and there is a casual launch facility for trailerable boats.
The lower Kagawong River below Bridal Veil Falls is fast flowing and shallow, and is therefore not navigable by boat. However, a viewing platform and a riverside walk give visual access to the Falls and provide a river walk down to the downtown area of Kagawong, and the harbour.
The river is especially interesting in late September – mid October, when there is a salmon run of thousands of fish.