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Spring Lock to Remain on Gate

Koocanusa - March 23, 2018Greetings everyone and Happy Spring!

While the calendar might say spring has officially arrived it hasn’t truly arrived at Koocanusa yet as you’ll see from these photos, taken this morning, on Fri. March 23rd. It seems there is even more snow around now than there was at the same time last year.

While we would love to be able to have the gate accessible to you for Easter Weekend we wanted to give you a head’s up that this will unfortunately not be the case. Koocanusa - March 23, 2018 SnowThe Spring Lock will remain on the gate for the foreseeable future until the snow has receded much more and things dry out a bit. So no vehicles are permitted on site currently (you may park at the gate and walk in).

Keep an eye here on our website for the latest info about the transition from winter to spring to summer here in the South Country. Thanks for your patience and looking forward to seeing you and your family back at the lake this spring/summer.

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Spring Lock on Gate

Photo by KeyaGood afternoon everyone and Happy  New Year,

Hope this finds you well and staying warm! As you may have heard there has been quite a bit of snow in the Elk Valley and South Country recently. Due to the amount of snow at the campground the Spring Lock is on the gate so no vehicles are permitted on site currently (you may park at the gate and walk in). Additionally, remember that NO snowmobiles or ATVs are permitted in the campground either.

Wishing a Happy New Year to all our Koocanusa family! Be sure to watch this page or subscribe to the blog (in sidebar) for the latest updates. Thank you.

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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!

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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.

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End of Season 2017 Updates

Greetings everyone,

Poster_Kooc30thParty2017_3x4Can you believe we’re nearing the end of August already? Hope everyone has had a great summer at the lake, it’s been hot and beautiful one. Just wanted to send along a few updates for late summer/early fall here at the campground.

Firstly, please mark your calendars for our 30th Anniversary Celebrations taking place on Sunday, September 3rd. Events include:

  • Bouncy Castle: 2 – 4pm
  • Karoake for the Kids: 2 – 4pm
  • Gourmet Hot Dog Contest: 7pm
    Does your family have a yummy hot dog recipe? If so bring 3 of these dogs down to to the store at 7pm for our judges to taste.
  • Kooc Group Photo 2017: 7:15pm
    Wear your 2017 30th Anniversary Hoodie (or one from year’s past if you don’t have this season’s) and come take part in our 30th Anniversary Group Photo in the parking lot.
  • Annual Parking Lot Dance featuring Lethbridge, Alberta’s W.O.M.P. (Classic Rock): 7:30pm – 10:30pm
  • $5 Burger Special all day/night at the store

logo_kooc30yearsOther Items to Note:

30th Anniversary Koocanusa Hoodies:
Now available for pick-up and payment at the store (for those who have pre-ordered) and available in limited quantities while supplies last for those interested in getting one.

Store Hours:
Open 9am – 9pm daily until Sunday, Sept. 3rd.
Open 9am – 7pm daily Sept. 4th – Sept. 16th. Store Closes on Sunday, Sept. 17th.

Important Fall Dates:photo_koocsunrise
Sunday, Sept. 17th:
Store Closes and Last Day to Sign-up for Sani Truck
Monday, Sept. 18th:
Last Day for Garbage pick-up & Water Off

Storage Bills:
Please note, your storage bills are now ready for pick-up and payment at the store. Remember it’s $21.00 (cash or cheque only.)

Winterizing etc.:
If you are interested in getting your boat shrink wrapped and winterized please call Dan at Koocanusa Boatworx at 250-946-6280  Dan will also be offering winter snow removal. Please contact him to make arrangements if you’re interested in these services.

Don’t forget to call Snowy Peaks for all your trailer winterizing needs at 250-423-4523.

Fire Safety/Message for Boaters from the Regional District of the East Kootenay (RDEK):
If a boater gets in the way of an air tanker, helicopter or other firefighting aircraft, the incident will be investigated by the Ministry’s Compliance and Enforcement Branch, the Conservation Officer Service and/or the RCMP.  Under the Wildfire Act, the person responsible could face a violation ticket fine of $1,150 or an administrative penalty of up to $100,000.  The person could also be charged with an offense under the Wildfire Act, which carries a maximum fine of $100,000. They go on to say that if recreational boaters interfere with fire suppression activities on Moyie Lake, Lake Koocanusa and Premier Lake, the BC Wildfire Service could implement an area restriction that would ban all watercraft from those lakes.

Should aircraft of any type need Lake Koocanusa for fire suppression—please respect that and move out of the way.

Have a good week and we hope to see you back at the lake before the season is out.

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Koocanusa Hoodies & Upcoming Event

Greetings everyone,

Hope you had a great weekend at the lake or wherever you were. Just a quick note to let you know we’re almost out of our initial 30th Anniversary Hoodie order and will be placing our special order soon. If you would like one of our 2017 Hoodies please come to the store to let us know the colour (Royal Blue or Dark Heather [Dark Grey]) and the size(s) that you’d like. We’re taking prepayment for these hoodies and will be placing the order on Mon. July 17th so please come place your order by Sunday, July 16th.

Paint n' Sip with Ilona WebsterLooking for something different to do at the lake this summer? Then join local Elko artist Ilona Webster for her Paint n’ Sip Evening here on the deck on Thurs. July 27th at 6:30pm. You’ll learn to paint the sunflower shown here and all the paint/supplies you’ll need are included in the $40 fee. If you would like more info or would like to sign up, please email Ilona at shaynew1@telus.net or call her at
(1) 250-529-7752.

Remember, a campfire ban is in effect for our region, for more info on that please see previous post. And our well is really working hard during this heat wave so please be conscientious of that by keeping water use to a minimum and not watering plants/flowers (see previous post.)

Thank you, have a great week and we’ll see you at the lake again soon.

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Campfire Ban Now in Effect

Moonrise over Koocanusa - by KeyaGreetings everyone,

Please take note of the following notice from the BC Wildfire Service and the Southeast Fire Centre:

Effective at 1pm Mountain Time today on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. For more details on this prohibition, please click here.  Fore more details about other prohibitions in B.C. please visit gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans  Specifically, prohibited activities once the campfire ban takes effect will include:

  • campfires, as defined in the Wildfire Regulation: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirelegislation
  • stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
  • the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)
  • the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

Thank you for your cooperation and have a great weekend.

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Please take note:

Canada Day 150 Fireworks at KooocanusaGreetings campers,

Effective immediately absolutely NO watering of vegetable plants, flowers or lawns. Our well is struggling to keep up with this heat wave and lack of rain.

If you wish to water you are welcome to use lake water that you haul yourselves.

Please help us conserve water so that the well can keep up.

Please, small fires only at this time.  Remember to have your spark screen in place. With this extended heat wave forests throughout southern BC and in our region are very dry. There is currently a fireworks ban in place and we will let you know here as soon as we know if/when a campfire ban is in effect.

Another reminder — please don’t leave large cardboard boxes at the garbage cans — these should be taken to the recycle station at Baynes Lake or Jaffray. We would appreciate your cooperation as we are only hauling household garbage.

Thank you for your attention to these matters and enjoy your time here in the summer sunshine at Koocanusa.

Cranbrook BC Weather Forecast

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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


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Happy Spring & May Long Weekend Updates

Sunset on Mount Zelda, Elko, BC by KeyaGreetings everyone and hope this finds you well. Exciting news, the Store opens for the 2017 camping season this weekend. We’ll be open tomorrow until 9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 9pm and Monday 9am – 7pm. Kitchen will be open for Breakfast Sandwiches and Burgers etc. and your favourite flavours of ice cream are back in stock. We have your general camping supplies, groceries, vehicle gas and fishing licenses available as usual.

Spring Store Hours, May 22 – June 29:
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Spring Cleaning, May 19 – 22, 2017:
We have a large dumpster in the parking lot. Please use this for large items ie: old BBQs, bikes, chairs etc. Please do not use this for household garbage!

After this clean-up weekend please take all of your large items ie: old BBQs, chairs, large cardboard boxes etc. to the Baynes Lake or Jaffray Transfer Stations.

Koocanusa Campsite - July 1988
Koocanusa Campsite – July 1988

30th Anniversary Celebrations:
We’re looking forward to and planning the campsite’s 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Labour Day long weekend this year (Sept. 1 – 4th.) If anyone has any favourite photos they would like to share from the past 30 years here at Koocanusa Campsite & Marina you’re invited to email them to info@koocanusacampsite.com or drop them off at the store in an envelope (attn: Evelyn). We’ll be putting together a slideshow to share with you that weekend.

Other Reminders for our Campers
(from the Legal Agreement):

  • Quiet Time: 11pm – 7:30am
  • New Generator Hours: 10am – 7pm, please don’t leave your generator running when you aren’t at your site.
  • Pet Owners: Please keep your dog leashed at all times and do not leave your dog unattended at your site. When you are gone they tend to bark or howl. Dogs are a huge issue and generate lots of complaints.
  • No Washing of Trailers or Vehicles in July and August
  • No watering of grass in July and August
  • All propane tanks over 60lb must be properly secured.

Weekend Forecast:

And with that hope everyone has a great long weekend with one of the best forecasts we’ve had in the past few years for this time of year. Look forward to seeing everyone back at Koocanusa for another great summer!