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.
As you may or may not know, camping is usually permitted on Crown Land in our area. Please note this is not the case this year, the entire Koocanusa Recreation Area is closed to overnight camping as well as off road vehicles. It is open for day use (i.e. hiking, mountain biking, swimming, boating). For all the information latest information on this as well as a map of the Koocanusa Recreation Area, visit www.koocanusarecreation.ca
For those of you that are looking for somewhere to camp at Lake 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
This is your best/first option and can be Book Online at Kikomun Creek
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.
Englishman Creek: located a 15 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. Like all forest rec campgrounds first come, first serve (no reservations.) But you may phone Caretakers Al & Shirley regarding availability day/weekend of etc. 250-919-0336
- 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 email@example.com
- Sunshine Houseboats: houseboat Charters, Boat Rentals and Gold Creek Bay Campground management.
- Newgate Sandy Shores: beautiful private campground and sandy beaches located about half an hour’s drive south of us… available for weekly, multi-week and multi-year (seasonal/longterm) bookings. Check out their website for all the info. www.newgatesandyshores.com
- 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 Campground: 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.
- Please note, due to Covid-19, campgrounds in our area that usually offer day-use and some overnight campground are CLOSED to the public (i.e. Aye’s Ranch, Dorr Road and Big Springs campgrounds.) Check out their website for the latest information on these operations. www.koocanusacamping.com
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 www.snowypeaksrv.ca
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.