Happy new year everyone and hope this finds you well. Now that clocks have moved forward for Daylight Saving Time summer seems that much closer. This is just a brief note to let you know that the Spring Lock is now on the gate. Thank you and will be in touch again soon.
The days are getting noticeably shorter, temperatures have cooled off a little and sadly yes, this means another summer is coming to a close here at Lake Koocanusa. But what a great one it has been and there can be no complaints around here—lake levels were nice and high for boaters, May – July were incredibly sunny and hot and August has had just enough thunder/rain storms that things are damp enough to allow us to continue to have small, contained fires (to date.)
In celebration of another awesome summer at the lake we invite you to join us this coming Sunday, September 1st for our annual Year End Parking Lot Dance.
Sunday, September 1st Schedule of Events:
Kid’s Fun from 5:30 – 7:30pm
Karaoke, Bouncy Tents and Facepainting
Koocanusa Cook-off Competition - 7pm
Our cook-off challenge is “Your Best Campfire Dessert.” Bring yours down for judging at 7:00pm
Family Dance (7:30 – 11pm)
Join us for the Lynch Sisters who will be playing on the deck for our dance this year.
Important Autumn Dates:
- Storage Bills are ready to be picked up and paid ($21.00 cash or cheque)
- Sunday, September 15th: Store Closes
- Monday, September 16th: Last Day for Garbage
- Tuesday, September 17th: Water Off
Store Autumn Hours:
Daily (Mon. – Thurs, Sunday): 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Thanks everyone for another GREAT camping season!
As many of you know, July has been an incredibly sunny, summery month for us here in the South Country, so while it might be raining and thunderstorming at the moment, we can’t complain much and it will most likely pass quite quickly. The forecast is somewhat unsettled for the weekend but still supposed to be very warm and we should see a lot of sun too. Last year’s August long weekend seemed to be the busiest weekend in history here at the lake with the amount of visitors, vehicle and boat traffic etc. so this one will probably be similar especially judging from the midweek traffic we’ve seen this week.
Thanks in part to recent thunderstorms/moisture etc., small campfires are still okay in the campground, just make sure they are small and monitored/controlled. As you know, the store is open daily from 9:30am – 9pm for your grocery, camping essentials, vehicle and boat fuel and of course ice cream needs! The kitchen is open daily as well (until 7:30pm) serving breakfast sandwiches, burgers (beef & veggie), hot dogs, calzones, mini pizzas, salads, daily specials, fruit smoothies and more.
In the celebratory spirit of the long weekend, we’re trying something new this year… please join us this Sunday, August 4th morning from 10am – 12pm on the store deck for a mini arts/homebased business market. If you are a camper who crafts or has a homebased retail business with products for sale or to order, feel free to come and set-up on the deck that morning (i.e. between 9 – 10am to be set-up by 10am).
If possible, please bring your own table so that most of the picnic tables can be used by customers.
Hope everyone enjoyed our annual Canada Day fireworks this year! Please remember that empties can be dropped off at one of our camper’s sites, Fred Mills (Site #110). Make sure cans/bottles are emptied and have caps removed. Fred generously takes care of this recycling and provides all the money raised to the fireworks fund each year. He says that the amount of bottles being dropped off this year is down from other years.
In other news, an exciting event is making it’s return to Koocanusa next weekend that you might want to check out and mark your calendars for. The 2nd Annual Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge will be taking place at Gold Bay (where Sunshine Houseboats is located) from Fri. August 9 – Sunday, August 11th. This is one of only two National Qualifying events for the World Series of Wakesurfing (the Worlds are taking place in Las Vegas this year from Sept. 27 – 28th.)
The competition is open to everyone of all ages—if you can drop the rope, you can enter! There are several different categories for both men and women (Juniors, Masters, Outlaw, Pro Skim & Surf, Amateur etc.) Spectators are welcome but the Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association recommends either coming by boat or if driving, please carpool as parking is limited. For full details about the competition, please visit: www.rmwa.ca
As a fundraiser for the event, the Rocky Mountain Wakesurfing Association is also having a raffle. You could win a vacation at Cerritos Surf Colony in Baja, Mexico (6 nights/7 days for 4 people.) Only 200 tickets are being sold so there are excellent odds of winning! Tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100 and are available in Fernie at Boardstiff and the Gearhub and also online! There are no blackout dates and the winner has up to 3 years to use their prize. The winner will be drawn on the last day of the Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge on Sunday, August 9th and does not need to be present to win.
That’s it from here for now. Wishing everyone a great long weekend with their friends and family and see you at the store or on the beach soon!
It’s been a very quiet Summer Solstice weekend here at the lake and we’ve been thinking of all of you dealing with the intensity of the storms and resulting flooding throughout BC and Alberta. We hope you haven’t experienced much/any damage and are managing okay with the aftermath if you did. Not surprisingly all of this wet weather and flooding in the East Kootenays has caused the lake level to rise dramatically in the past few days and the amount of driftwood/debris has also increased, so be sure to watch for that when boating. The boat and swimming docks are now floating.
We hope to see lots of you down this weekend to celebrate Canada Day with your friends and families. Our annual Canada Day events take place on Sunday, June 30th so come take part in the parade by joining us in the parking lot at 6:30pm with your decorated golf cart, bike, pet etc. The parade will proceed through the campground at 7pm. Following the parade there will be cake on the deck and of course our firework display at dusk.
Store Hours for the Summer:
beginning this Friday, June 28th – Sunday, Sept. 1st:
9:30am – 9pm Daily
(Monday, June 24 – Thurs., June 27th: 10am – 7pm)
Today is a rainy one but weather for next weekend is looking like the perfect way to start summer so hope to see you at the lake soon!
It’s a rainy day at Koocanusa but no complaints as it has been a very sunny spring so far and the weekend forecast looks great for you too. Parking lot paving and calcium on the roadways have been completed this week. Water levels are rising quickly too and the lake is looking great.
Store hours this weekend will be:
Friday, June 14th: 9am – 9pm
Saturday, June 15th: 9am – 9pm
Sunday, June 16th: 9am – 7pm
Regular weekday hours for June are 10am – 7pm
The Kitchen is open so come and enjoy a breakfast sandwich or burger along with your ice cream of course on the deck this weekend.
This is also the first weekend of the season for the popular Jaffray-Bayne’s Lake Farmers’ Market so be sure to check it out this Saturday from 9am – 12:30pm at the Baynes Lake Community Centre. Lions Club Breakfast and Concessions open all morning.
Wishing everyone a great weekend at the lake and a Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads. Don’t forget to start planning your floats for our annual Canada Day parade too!
The parking lot/roadway from the boat launch to the hill has been paved today so vehicles have limited use of the parking lot tonight (Tuesday, June 11th) and tomorrow (Wed. 12th) morning. The new pavement has been blocked off but you may still drive up to your site (unless pulling a trailer/boat etc.). At the end of the parking lot simply drive on the grass to the right of the road (put in 4×4 mode if necessary) to go up the hill. You’ll need to come back down this way too. The pavement will be ready/dry by tomorrow after lunch.
Store is now open for the season! We are fully stocked.
Long weekend Hours:
9am – 9pm
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 7pm
Friday/Saturday 9am – 9pm