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Facilities Available at this Park
Park Contact

Kootenay Park Services Ltd.
E-mail address: ekparks@telus.net
Phone: 1-250-422-3003

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park

As of March 15, 2013:
  • Surveyors and Ponderosa campgrounds are now 100% reservable. First come first serve (FCFS) sites are available in the Kalispell campgrounds within Kikomun Creek.
  • Ponderosa campground has been completed and now has a new shower/toilet building.
  • Electric Hookups – Ponderosa campground offers 14 vehicle accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups. The charge is an extra $5/night. Please note: For sites with electrical hookups, there are no firepits.
  • Fishing for Kokanee in the reservoir has been excellent although fish are small.
  • Cabins are available for rent in the park at the Ponderosa Campsite and near the Ponderosa Groupsite. More information is available here.

About This Park

Kikomun Creek Provincial Park Located in a dry sunny area of the province, this park preserves an example of Interior Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest and grassland habitat. Paved roads within this family oriented park are conducive to biking.

Park Size: 682 hectares

Special Notes:
  • Visitors are asked to only enjoy viewing the painted turtles. Because the survival rate of these turtles is low, it is crucial that they be protected in the park and treated with respect by visitors. IT IS AN OFFENCE TO DISTURB, ABUSE OR REMOVE TURTLES FROM THE PARK.
Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
May 5 – September 30
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: May 12 – September 30
Campground Reservable Dates: May 15 – September 1
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 168
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
134
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.

Reservations

All campsite, group site and cabin reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Make A Reservation

Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted for two group campsites through Discover Camping for dates starting May 16 to August 31. Picnic/day-use area is available on a first-come, first-served basis only and is not reservable at this park.

Cabin Reservations:
Cabin reservations are accepted for two cabins through Discover Camping for dates starting May 16 to September 1.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. From the east, turn off Hwy 3, 3 kms west of Hwy 3/93 junction at Elko, the park entrance is 8 kms west. From the west, turn off Hwy 3 at Jaffray, the park is located 16 kms south.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • History: Created on May 18, 1972, the park is located on Lake Koocanusa, a 144 km long reservoir created by the Libby Dam on the Kootenay River in Montana.
  • Conservation: Because native grasslands are rare to this part of the country many endangered plants are found throughout the park. An extensive program to restore native grassland is underway in the park. Flowers, trees and shrubs are part of the park’s natural heritage, please do not damage or remove them.
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoeing is welcomed on Surveyors Lake within Kikomun Creek Park. There are canoe rentals available at this park.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadway and designated bike trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
Fishing

Fishing

Smallmouth bass and rainbow trout can be found in Surveyors Lake and kokanee in Lake Koocanusa. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Hunting

Hunting

Hunting is allowed in Kikomun Creek Provincial Park during a lawful game hunting season. Please check the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis for specific details. Hunters are reminded that, it is prohibited to hunt or discharge a firearm or bow in a BC Park within 400m of either side of the center line of any park road.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Surveyors Lake offers warm water and sandy beaches.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

A concrete slab boat launch is located on Lake Koocanusa. The drop off can be steep during low water periods. A new public boat launch has recently been constructed near the park on Lake Koocanusa. The park boat launch will now be closed during the off season of the park.
Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Ponderosa Cabins

P1- Cabin is furnished with a double bed with single bunk, and single bunk beds sleeping a total of 5 persons. Power outlets within and without, indoor and outdoor picnic table. Campers are required to bring their own bedding and cooking apparatus. Please note there is no firepit at this location. Keys must be picked up from the gatehouse before 8:00 pm.

P5- Larger cabin is furnished with two bunk beds with double beds on the bottom, singles on top sleeping a total of 6 persons. Power outlets within and without, indoor and outdoor picnic table. Campers are required to bring their own bedding and cooking apparatus. Please note there is no firepit at this location. Keys must be picked up from the gatehouse before 8:00 pm.

Reservations for these cabins are available through Discover Camping for dates starting May 16 to September 1.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. Please note: for sites with electrical hookups, there are no firepits.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold water taps are located throughout the park. Taps are shut off during the off-season.
Electrical Hookups

Electrical Hookups

Ponderosa campsite offers 14 vehicle accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups. The charge is an extra $5/night. Please note: for sites with electrical hookups, there are no firepits.
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are two group campsites at this park. Click here for reservation information.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $100.00/group site/night, plus $4/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15).

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

This park has a day-use/picnic area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit and flush toilets are located throughout the park.
Playground

Playground

There is an adventure playground located between the day-use area and Surveyors Lake campground with a grass area adjacent.
Sani-Station/Dump

Sani-Station/Dump

A sani-station/dump is available during the collecting season.
Sani-station Use Fee: $5.00 per discharge
Showers

Showers

There are hot showers at the Surveyors Lake Campground, Ponderosa Campground\Group use area  and at the South Pool group use area in this park.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers vehicle accessible campsites. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available. Ponderosa campsite offers 14 vehicle accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups.
Please note: for sites with electrical hookups, there are no firepits.

Electrification: $5.00 extra per night

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00/party/night plus, if applicable, $5.00 electrical/night = $35.00/party/night
BC Senior’s Rate (Shoulder Season only): $15.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible.