Greetings from Koocanusa

Hello everyone,


April 24th Koocanusa Morning Views

Hope you’re having a good weekend so far. Just a quick note to let you know that as promised, the water is now on throughout the campground (as of Thurs. April 26th afternoon.) Lake levels are very low as is standard for this time of year. We have enjoyed a gorgeous sunny week here with some smoke (if you’re wondering where it’s from it’s due to controlled burning in Montana.) Rain is coming tonight/tomorrow which is actually needed as it is surprisingly dry out here even though the snow has just melted recently. Back to sun again next week though, see forecast at the bottom of page.

As per usual the store will be opening on the Victoria Day Weekend (Friday, May 18th) so we will look forward to seeing many of you then.

Spring Cleaning, May 18 – 21, 2018:
We will again have a large dumpster in the parking lot on Victoria Day weekend. 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.

Area Camping Options:
For those visiting our website or contacting the campground for long-term seasonal campsites, unfortunately we do not have any available. Please visit our Area Camping Options page for options available including a new private campground located just a couple of minutes up Newgate Road from us (North 40 RV).

That’s it for now. Thanks everyone and have a great weekend.

Current Cranbrook Environment Canada Weather Forecast

Spring is Coming…

Greetings everyone,

Lake Koocanusa Views by Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
Springtime at the lake – April 11, 2018

It may be snowing here Fernie this morning but thankfully the forecast looks like there is finally some spring weather insight for our southeast corner of BC, beginning tomorrow.  So we wanted to let you know the good news that we are opening up the gate to the regular lock this Friday, April 20th. No water yet but we expect and hope to be able to turn it on the following Friday (April 27th), will keep you posted if that changes.

Thanks for your patience everyone and hope it is more springlike in your neighbourhood. We look forward to seeing you back at the lake soon, don’t worry spring really is just around the corner now.

April 11 Koocanusa Views

Cranbrook BC, Weather Forecast from Env. Canada


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.

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.

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.

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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