Kootenay Lake Provincial Park – Davis Creek and Lost Ledge Sites
About these sites:Davis Creek and Lost Ledge are two small sites situated on the north-western shore of Kootenay Lake. The parks are part of a combined system of seven provincial parks that offer lakeside recreational opportunities on a large inland lake. With outstanding views of the Purcell Mountains to the east, these sheltered locations provide access to the lake marine activities including fishing, boating and swimming. Both Lost Ledge and Davis Creek offer lake view and shady, secluded campsites spaced within the forest. Both sites are very picturesque and are popular with anglers and families for their unique, informal camping experience.
Nestled between the Selkirk’s and the Purcell’s, visitors can also discover Mount Buchanan Look Out, Hamill Creek (Earl Grey) Trail, Fry Creek Canyon, Monica Meadows or Idaho Peak. Visit the Kaslo Tourist Information Centre located in the restored SS Moyie. This beautifully restored stern wheeler is designated as a natural historic site.
Park Size: 43 hectares – on Kootenay Lake (Lost Ledge is 38 hectares, Davis Creek is 5 hectares)
There are no spelunking or caving at this park but there are these opportunities at Cody Caves Provincial Park.
There are no formal day-use picnic areas but plenty of access to the shoreline. Some visitors use the boat launch at Lost ledge for picnicking.
Stay Safe: Lake weather can change rapidly, be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds and spring squalls could come up quickly.
LocationLocated in South central B.C., on Highway 31 adjacent to Kootenay Lake. Both sites are north of Kaslo – Lost Ledge 25 km and Davis Creek 30 km. The driving time to Kaslo is 30 minutes.
Nature and Culture
- History: These small designation sites were formerly log dumps for Kootenay Forest Products. With the closing of KFP, the land was reverted to the crown and the Parks were established in 1987. Lost Ledge and Davis Creek lie in the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket and Shuswap first nation traditional territories.
- Conservation: With 38 hectares, Lost Ledge protects a small creek fan and frontage on the north-west shore of Kootenay lake. The 5 hectares of Davis Creek, also protects a natural creek fan with limited ungulate winter range. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the parks natural heritage, please do not damage or remove them.
- Wildlife: Loons, mallards and Canada geese are often observed on the lake or along the shoreline with small mammals such as squirrels and chipmunks seen amongst the campsites and forest. Kokanee spawn in Davis Creek. Park users should always be aware of bears and other wildlife in our park environment. Never feed or approach bears or other wildlife. Please view all wildlife from a distance.