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Update for our Campers – Campfire Ban at Koocanusa Campsite

BC Fire Danger Rating MapPlease note that effective immediately there is a fire ban in our campsite. We are taking this action due to the extreme fire danger rating in our region. At this time, propane fires are acceptable within our campground. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please keep an eye on the BC Wildfire Service’s website for the latest information on forest fires and bans etc. (our region is Southeast BC.)
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

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Happy Canada Day Campers!

Greetings everyone,

photo_canadaday2017Hope you’re having a great long weekend so far, have been meaning to send this update for awhile. As you might know we are celebrating Canada’s 151st Birthday a day early today on Saturday, June 30th. So please join us for any or all of the activities below if you camp with us or are out at Koocanusa this weekend. Everyone welcome!

  • kids, pick up your Canada Day package after 11am. Complete everything and come back at 1pm.
  • join us on the deck at 1pm for some birthday cake to help Canada celebrate
  • enjoy the bouncy castles in the parking lot from 2 – 7pm
  • children’s crafts on the deck from 1 – 3pm
  • face painting on the deck from 3 – 5pm
  • be part of our 8th annual Koocanusa Parade. Show your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ??? Be in the parking lot at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.
  • fireworks will start at dusk (depending on weather and fire restrictions.)

In other exciting news, our 2018 Koocanusa Hoodies are officially in stock! Come get yours early/while supplies last to make sure you get your size. Beat the cooler weather with our stylish sweatshirts in a range of both kids’ and adult sizes.

Have a great long weekend and hope to see everyone at the lake soon. The store is officially now open 9am – 9pm until September long weekend. Happy Summer!

 

Happy Victoria Day Long Weekend

Greetings everyone,

Koocanusa Ice Cream Corner

Come check out our recently renovated ice cream corner!

Hope you’re enjoying the Victoria Day Long Weekend and that many of you are out here with us at Koocanusa. As you may know the store is now open for the season and we have everything you might need to make sure your weekend is a great one. In addition to our 12 continually changing flavours of hard ice cream we now offer chocolate dipped cones and don’t forget we do milkshakes too. Kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving all day breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches and loaded beef or veggie burgers. Our special this weekend is a Toasted Bagel with Cream Cheese for $3.50 (or just ask to enjoy your breakfast sandwich on a bagel.)

May Long Weekend Store Hours: 9am – 9pm (Fri/Sat/Sun)
Spring Store Hours (until Canada Day Long Weekend):
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm;
Koocanusa Ice Cream ChalkboardFriday & Saturday: 9am – 9pm

With a long, cold, snowy winter behind us and sunny, warm spring conditions in the past weeks melting this snow-pack rapidly, you’ll have noticed nearby rivers (i.e. the Elk and Bull) nearing peak levels. As a result Lake Koocanusa is currently quite a bit higher than it has been other years at the same time in May. We are on track to for a summer with lake levels slightly higher than last year which is great news for boating. Check out our “Lake Levels” page for links to the most current predictions and flow updates for 2018.

Balsam Root

Balsam Root are in bloom around the lake right now

We are thankful the hot, dry, fire-filled summer of 2017 is over. Please be mindful when having campfires whether in our campground at your site or out on Crown Land etc… small controlled campfires are currently permitted but make sure to put them out before going to bed or leaving the area. Fireworks are available at the store for your celebrations, be respectful of regulations, others and the environment when setting these off.

Looking for a fun summer job? Why not think of joining our team here at the store, we’re currently looking for a couple of people to join our staff (mid June – Labour Day weekend). Speak with Ev or Dano at the store and/or please email your resume and cover letter to info@koocanusacampsite.com Thank you and please feel free to spread the word about this to those you think might be interested.

It’s a gorgeous day at the lake, we hope you’re all having a great long weekend wherever you may be and look forward to seeing you out here again soon. 🙂

Cranbrook Environment Canada Weather Forecast - May 19, 2018

30th Anniversary Celebrations Today

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, 12:30pm

Good afternoon everyone,

Thanks to everyone for their understanding and cooperation yesterday. For the latest information on local closures and forest fires a good place to visit is the Regional District of the East Kootenay’s facebook page and their recent post. As of last night and currently today, boating is allowed on Lake Koocanusa once again. However, boats must be launched from private land or Kikomun Creek Provincial Park only and are only allowed on the water… you may not pull up to or disembark on any Crown Land. Vehicles, recreating and camping are prohibited on all Crown Land in the East Kootenays.

In other news, our 30th Anniversary Celebrations are taking place here at the campground today as planned. So come out and join us for Bouncy Castles and Kids’ Karaoke from 2 – 4pm, all day/night Burger Special (basic Cheeseburger & Taber corn for $5) and Live Music with WOMP tonight for our Parking Lot Dance from 7:30pm onwards. Our store is open 9am – 9pm today and the beach is open for swimming.

Thank you and have a great day!

Back-country Rocky Mountain Resource District Closure

Click for latest info re: Back-country Closure in the Rocky Mountain Resource DistrictSaturday, September 2nd, 12pm

Greetings campers and visitors,

We want to provide you with the latest information re: the BC Wildfire Service’s Back-country Closure for the Rocky Mountain Resource District (of which we are part of.)

Please click here to access all the information you need to know about this closure which affects all Crown Land in this area as well as bodies of water (i.e. Lake Koocanusa.)

In other news we are currently open and our store is open as usual today until 9pm. In addition to our usual supplies and food etc. we currently have available:

  • 11.4 Litre tubs of Ice Cream in various flavours available for $36/each
  • Molnar’s Taber Corn: $6.50/dozen
  • Bagel Special: $3.50/each (white or wholewheat bagels with cream cheese)

We will keep you updated here with additional news as it becomes available on both the closure and our campground/store.

Thank you for your understanding.

Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday

Greetings everyone. Can you believe it’s already almost July 1st? Hope you’ve been enjoying summer so far.

Koocanusa Campsite & MarinaHere are some updates from the campground for the coming long weekend.

  • The store is now open 9am – 9pm until the Labour Day long weekend, come get your all day breakfast sandwiches, burgers, ice cream, groceries, ice, fishing licenses, bait and camping supplies.
  • Our food specials this weekend will be Bagels & Cream Cheese and Bagel Breakfast Sandwiches. We’ll have a dessert special too – Strawberry Supreme Sundaes for Canada’s birthday.

Join us for our Canada Day events on Saturday, July 1st:

  • Hey kids: pick up your Canada Day Activity package at the store at 11am. Complete everything and come back at 1pm.
  • Join us on the deck at 1pm for some Birthday Cake to help Canada celebrate.
  • Koocanusa FireworksJoin Val Luznar-Purdy on our front deck and beach from 1:30 – 3pm for some family/kid friendly interactive games — no technology required 🙂
  • Face painting from 3 – 5pm on the front deck
  • Be part of our 7th Annual Koocanusa Parade.  Show your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ____ ? Be in the parking lot at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.
  • Our special 150 fireworks display will start at dusk (depending on weather and fire restrictions).

Koocanusa Campsite & Marina2017 is our 30th year here at Koocanusa Campsite & Marina. We now have limited edition commemorative reusable shopping/beach bags available for sale now, come get them while supplies last! ($5.99 each) Our 2017 hoodies will be here soon too, hopefully in time for the weekend, so come check them out. Keep an eye on our website for all the details about our 30th anniversary celebrations that will be happening on Labour Day long weekend.

Notes for Boaters:

  • Canada/US Border Markings

    Please watch for the new Canada/US Border Markers when travelling south on Koocanusa.

    our boat launch is open and we will have boat gas available for you this weekend.

  • please watch out for sandbars and driftwood, it is still early in season.
  • remember to get your Boating License if you don’t already have it.
  • if travelling on the water south to Newgate etc. please watch for the new Border Markers. It is illegal to enter the United States on the water — you must enter through a Canada/US Border Crossing. Please keep an eye out for these markers so that you can stay within Canadian waters.

The weather forecast is looking excellent for this week and long weekend as well. Wishing you a great Canada Day weekend whatever you’re up to and we look forward to seeing you at the lake sometime soon.

Weather Forecast

 

Happy BC Day Long Weekend!

Greetings everyone and happy Friday!

KoocanusaCampsite_August16FF_thirdpgWe would like to wish everyone a great BC Day long weekend here at Koocanusa. We hope you enjoy your time here to the fullest but while in our grounds, please remember that this is a family campground and to respect our 11pm quiet time. 

The store is open 9am – 9pm daily this weekend and all through the summer (until the end of the Labour Day long weekend.) We carry all of your general camping supply and grocery needs as well as a full kitchen serving homemade muffins, all day breakfast sandwiches, burgers, veggie burgers, daily specials and more. We also carry 12 delicious rotating flavours of hard ice cream plus many other novelties and treats too. And of course think of us as your supply for both vehicle and boat gas here at the lake.

Be sure to check out the Bayne’s Lake Farmers Market on Sat. July 30th from 9am – 12:30pm and then on Sunday, July 31st from 10am – 2pm we invite you to join us for our own Vendor Sale here at the campground on and in front of the store deck. Come check out the work of great home based businesses and arts/craft vendors who camp here at our campground.

Have a great long weekend and look forward to seeing you at the lake soon!