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Welcome to Summer & Happy Canada Day!

Canada Day at Koocanusa by Anita BraconnierSummertime is here once again and we’re wishing everyone a great long weekend here at Koocanusa. The fun begins tomorrow, Friday, July 1st, with our celebrations for Canada’s 149th birthday. Here are the details and schedule for tomorrow’s events:

10am:  Hey Kids! Pick up your Canada Day Activity Package at the store. Complete everything and come back at 12 Noon.

Canada Day Portraits12pm:  Join us on the deck at 12 Noon for some Birthday Cake to help Canada celebrate. We’ll have some Crafts and Activities at this time also.

1 – 3pm: Canada Day Family Portraits with Anita from EyeShadows Photography on the store deck. $25 per mini session (2 -4 photos). 4 x 6” proofs will be provided next weekend along with order form for enlargements. Sign up sheet is available in the store now or feel free to drop by the anytime between 1 – 3pm.

7pm: Be part of our 6th Annual Koocanusa Parade. Show off your Canadian pride and bring along your decorated golf cart, wagon, buggy, pet, bike or ??? To the parking lot at 6:45pm for a 7pm start.

Koocanusa Campsite & Marina StoreAt dusk:  Join us for our annual fireworks show (depending on weather and fire restrictions.) Watch from the beach or out on your boat.

Check the Notice Board at the store on the Long Weekend to get final details of events.

The Store is now open regular hours for the Summer (until Labour Day.)   9am – 9pm Daily

Notice to our Campers:
Small controlled campfires are currently still permitted, however, remember you must have a spark screen attached to your fire pit in order to have a campfire in our campground.

Wishing everyone a great long weekend and safe travels on your adventures. See you here at the lake soon.

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Season’s Ending at Koocanusa

Summer's End at KoocanusaThe 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

Survivor Koocanusa 2011Try your hand at Sand Castle Building on the beach (through the day and early evening.)

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!

Click to view full forecast from Environment Canada.

Click to view full forecast from Environment Canada.

Happy BC Day Long Weekend at Koocanusa!

the view at Koocanusa Campground on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Last Year’s BC Day Long Weekend – the view at Koocanusa Campground on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

weatherforecast_080113As 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.

Welcome to the Store!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).

Firework Finale to Canada Day 2011 at Koocanusa

by Anita Braconnier

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.

Koocanusa Wakesurfing Challenge

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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 

Win a Trip to Mexico!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!

Celebrating Canada Day Long Weekend

photo_canadaday2012It’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.

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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!

 

June 15-16th Weekend Update & Happy Father’s Day

photo_springflowersatkoocIt’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!

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Summer 2013 at Koocanusa Campsite

Paddle Boarders Enjoying Sunrise at Lake Koocanusa

Happy new year everyone and hope it’s been treating you well so far! If you’re like many of our campers you can’t wait for the long lazy days of summer and to be back at the lake in 2013. We look forward to seeing you later this spring.

In the meantime, we just wanted to let everyone know that unfortunately we do not have any new sites available for 2013. Enjoy the rest of your winter and see you at lake soon.

Happy Spring and Here’s to a Fabulous May Long Weekend

Lake Levels - Wed. May 16, 2012

Current Lake Levels – Wed. May 16, 2012 at 12pm

Well the summer season is almost upon us here at the lake and we’re sure you’re happy about that too!  2012 is an extra special year for us at Koocanusa Campsite & Marina as it is our 25th anniversary of operations.  As usual we have a few events in the works for this summer so be sure to watch our website for details about upcoming events etc. If desired, you can also receive these postings in your email inbox so you know right away whenever we make an update to the homepage at koocanusacampsite.com  Simply visit our website and click on the “Follow” button in the right-hand column.

Here are a few things to note for this Spring and for Victoria Day Long Weekend (May 19 – 21st):

  • The Store will be open for business as of the morning of Friday, May 18th. The Kitchen will be open too.
    Long Weekend Hours: 9am – 9pm

    Weather Forecast - May 16, 2012

    Click above image for current forecast from The Weather Network…

    Spring Hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm,
    Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 9am – 9pm

  • Sani Truck: new price this year is $22
  • Please Be Aware: a cougar has been spotted in the campsite area recently.
  • Campfires: are currently permitted within our campground and firewood is available for sale at the store. However, a fire ban will be in effect in all non-designated camping areas around the South Country throughout the weekend. For more information on this and on increased law enforcement in the region that will be taking place, please see this Fernie Free Press article (May 8, 2012). For the latest provincial Fire Danger Ratings from the provincial Wildlife Management Branch, click here.
  • Lake Level: no boating yet but lake levels are rising steadily (as per normal at this time of year and with lots of snow in mountains yet to melt). For more information on the lake level, which is actually currently 40 feet higher than it was last May long weekend, click here to read The Cranbrook Townsman May 17th article on the topic.
  • Live Webcam: exciting news, our live Koocanusa Lake webcamis now available here on our website anytime for your convenience.  Have a great, happy and safe long weekend and we look forward to seeing you back at the lake!