Area Camping Options & Local Contacts

Lake Koocanusa Campsites, South Country, BC

The most frequently asked question is “Do you have any sites available for rent this summer?” And unfortunately the answer to this is no, we are fully booked for the season and do not have any overnight or long-term sites available.

For those of you that are looking for somewhere to camp at Koocanusa this summer, we have compiled this list of area campgrounds, links to their websites and contact numbers:

  • Kikomun Creek Provincial Park (Surveyor’s Lake): 250.422.3003
    This is your best/first option and can be Book Online at Kikomun Creek

    Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
    Kikomun Creek Provincial Park

    A campground with five lakes, an abundance of the endangered painted turtles, many mountain bike trails throughout, two beautiful sandy beaches among its attractions. 105 vehicle accessible campsites and 2 group campsites. Campsites vary in size and can accommodate everything from a large RV to a single tent. Park is open May 1 – Sept. 30; campground gate is closed but gate for boat launch access is open during off-season. This campground is also wheelchair accessible. There are also 2 yurts available approximately 2 km from the campground.

Forest Recreation Campsites: beautiful campsites throughout BC with basic services (picnic tables and outhouses) available on first come, first serve basis. Information on area forest rec sites below; click on the links for more info including directions to each. For a detailed PDF of all Forest Recreation Campsites in our Rocky Mountain District (with weblinks to each), click here.

  • Gold Bay near Newgate, BC
    Gold Creek Bay Campground

    Englishman Creek: located a 10 minute drive south from the Marina on Newgate Road. A large site on Lake Koocanusa in a protected bay with a gravel boat launch. Suitable for motor homes. $14/night. Phone: 250-919-0336
    (Caretakers: Al & Shirley)

  • Gold Creek Bay: Located a 25 minute drive south from the Marina on Newgate Road. medium-sized, partially treed site located on a protected bay on Lake Koocanusa. Suitable for motor homes. Boat launch available. $14/night.
  • Edwards Lake: A small, partially treed site on the north side of Edwards Lake. Boat launch, picnic tables, outhouses.

Private Campgrounds/Accommodation Options:

  • North 40 RV Park: just a couple of minutes away from us up Newgate Road, Cory and Susan Wentzell are operating a new private yearly/seasonal campground so we highly recommend contacting them if looking for a great long-term camping option. Visit their facebook page (click link above) or you may contact them directly at
  • Sunshine Houseboats at Gold Bay
    Sunshine Houseboats at Gold Bay

    Ayes Ranch: Ayes Ranch Campground has extensive beautiful sandy beaches and shade trees. There are 145 sites; 125 of them are seasonal (currently fully booked) but 20 are available for overnight use. Click here to find out more info and/or to book an overnight site.

  • Sunshine Houseboats: Houseboat Charters, Boat Rentals and Gold Creek Bay Campground management.
  • Door Road Campground: extensive beautiful sandy beaches and shade trees. Dorr Road is very rustic and remote. (10 outhouses but no services/water). The sites are spacious enough to accommodate larger RV’s . There is no electricity however quiet generators are permitted. Dorr Road is well worth the drive in. Pet friendly.
  • Big Springs Campground: Located near Grasmere, Big Springs has an extensive beautiful sandy beach and shade trees. There are 65 sites; 35 of the sites are offered for seasonal camping and 30 of the sites are offered for overnight camping. Pet Friendly. The remote location and rustic-ness of Big Springs Campground guarantees quality family time as there is no electricity or internet. Reservations are available by phone, call (250) 887-3203 ext.1. Calls are returned in the order in which we receive them and before new phone calls are answered.
  • PR Campground & RV Park: 14 spacious, secluded, quiet sites great for both RVs and tents.
    Dry sites and partially serviced sites (water, sewer, electricity), firewood, showers, ice, pop.
    Sorry no motorcycles or ATVs. Pets allowed on leash. Nightly and Seasonal rates available. Located at 510 Chief David Road in Baynes Lake.
  • Willo-bend Golf & RV: 250.429.3377  Hwy #3, Jaffray
  • South Country Services: 250.529.7349  5385 Hwy #3, Elko
    Motel and long term rental units along with serviced RV Sites.

Important Phone Numbers & Other Info:

  • RCMP: 250.423.4404 (Fernie)
  • Ambulance: 1.800.461.9911
  • Forest Fire:  1.800.663.5555
  • RV Repair/Parts/Service – Snowy Peaks RV: 250.423.4523, 2009 Hwy #3, Hosmer
    RV Park with parts store & Service Bays for RV Repair
  • Koocanusa Recreation: excellent maps of the area, recreational guidelines and other great info. We also have printed versions of their Koocanusa map available for free in the store.