Kootenay Lake Park is truly an undiscovered Kootenay gem. Are you in need of a working sabbatical? With its newly installed WiFi, Davis Creek is the perfect place to hunker down and get it done, between fishing, paddling, hiking, and biking, of course. The new group site can be booked for your private function up to one year in advance, check it out on the BC Parks reservations system.
In addition to the opportunities listed above, this park offers numerous other recreational opportunities. 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 sternwheeler is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada and the world's oldest intact passenger sternwheeler.
Kootenay Lake Park is divided into the following sites:
- Campbell Bay
- Coffee Creek
- Davis Creek and Lost Ledge: Davis Creek and Lost Ledge are two campgrounds situated on the north-western shore of Kootenay Lake offering lake views and shady, secluded campsites. Both sites are very picturesque and are popular with anglers and families for their unique, informal camping experience.
- Midge Creek
Davis Creek is a smaller campground with 32 sites situated on the north-western shore of Kootenay Lake, 5 km apart, 25 km (16 miles) north of Kaslo off Hwy. 31. Known for outstanding views of the Purcell mountain range with lakeview, sheltered campsites that provide a million dollar view.
Davis Creek is north of Lost Ledge towards the Lardeau Valley and has recently undergone a reconstruction adding 10 new sites along the waterfront, an upgrade to the drinking water system and easier beach access points with the addition of a large retaining wall. The new campsites, called Cove Loop, have been added to the BC Parks reservations system and can be reserved up to four months prior to your planned visit.
Easy beach access to Kootenay Lake makes water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boarding an ideal way to pass the day. Swimming would be considered refreshing as the water tends to be cold. When the wind is up the area is also well known for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
A Group Site at Davis Creek is an ideal setting for gatherings of between 15 to 50 people.
Lost Ledge is a small secluded campground with 14 sites situated on the north-western shore of Kootenay Lake, 25 km (16 miles) north of Kaslo on Hwy. 31, and 5 km south from Davis Creek campground. Lost Ledge is known for outstanding views of the Purcell mountain range and lake view sheltered campsites. It is popular with anglers and is equipped with a concrete boat launch and parking for boat trailers.
Offering a true opportunity to get away and relax in a beautiful setting with easy beach access, Kootenay Lake makes kayaking, canoeing, and stand up paddle boarding an ideal way to pass the day. When the wind is up the area is also well known for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
Access to the park at Midge Creek is via water vessel. Water-oriented activities are most popular, with angling for kokanee, Dolly Varden and rainbow trout. Boasting more than a kilometre of sandy beach, it is a popular destination for boaters.
Other parks located on Kootenay Lake are: