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Visitor InformationLake weather can change rapidly, be prepared. Visitors should be aware that high winds and spring squalls could come up quickly.
Kootenay Lake Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
September 11, 2018: Please use caution at the Lost Ledge Campground boat launch
The boat launch at Lost Ledge Campground is extremely slippery near the water’s edge and on the surface of the ramp, below the water; launching and loading of boats may be affected. Park visitors should use extreme caution if they decide to use the boat ramp or are walking in or near the water.
- Kootenay Lake Provincial Park offers volunteer host opportunities.
About This Park
Kootenay Lake Provincial 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 Discover Camping.
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 stern wheeler is designated as a natural historic site.
Kootenay Lake Provincial Park is divided into the following sites:
- Campbell Bay
- Coffee Creek
- Davis Creek/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.
Davis 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 Discover Camping Reservation system and can be reserved up to 4 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 kite boarding.
A Group Site at Davis Creek is an ideal setting for gatherings of between 15 – 50 people.
Lost Ledge: is a small secluded campground with 18 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 kite boarding.
- Midge Creek: 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.
Park Size: 343 hectares – on Kootenay Lake
| 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.)
|year-round (Gate is open year-round – but use is subject to snow conditions, as the campground is not cleared of snow.)|
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:|
|– Davis Creek campground||May 17 – October 2|
|– Davis Creek – Group Site||May 17 – October 2|
|– Lost Ledge camgpround||
April 29 – October 31
Off-season: If full services are provided – full fees will be in effect. If no services are provided – user maintained with no fee. For details contact the Park Operator.
|Campground Reservable Dates:|
|– Davis Creek campground||May 17 – September 11|
|– Davis Creek – Group Site||May 17 – September 11|
|Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites:||
– Davis Creek = 32
– Lost Ledge = 14
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
(all remaining sites are first-come, first-served)
|Davis Creek only = 10|
|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.|
Know Before You Go
- Wi-Fi: This park offers wireless internet for $4.00 per 24 hour period. This service can be arranged with the on-site park operators.
ReservationsAll campsite reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted at Davis Creek campgrounds only and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Group Campsite Reservations:
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping for dates starting May 17 to September 11.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Midge Creek site is located 38 km south of Balfour, on the southwest shore of Kootenay Lake across from Sanca Creek.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 2.02MB]
- Management Planning Information
- The approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plans for Kootenay Lake Provincial Park sites are available online in pdf format.
- Campbell Bay Site – Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 31.83KB]
- Coffee Creek Site – Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 33.97KB]
- Davis Creek Site – Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 31.21KB]
- Lost Ledge Site – Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 38.46KB]
- Midge Creek Site – Approved Purpose Statement and Zoning Plan [PDF 112.78KB]
Activities Available at this Park
Davis Creek/ Lost Ledge: Access is from the lake front campsites or the boat launch at Lost Ledge. Shoreline canoeing is recommended, due to unpredictable winds and sudden squalls.
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
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 from the park operator 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.
Midge Creek: Bring your own drinking water as potable water is not available in the park.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!
Pit or Flush Toilets
Midge Creek: This site only has pit toilets – no flush toilets.
Vehicle Accessible Camping
Davis Creek campground with gravel roads has 32 small, medium to large vehicle accessible sites, two are double sites. The park offers both lake view sites with beach access or shaded sites in a fir, birch forest. The reservable campsites are sites 1-10 in Cove Loop. A park gate is located at the park entrance. There is limited parking in the larger sites for extra vehicles.