Early Spring Update for Our Campers

Polar Peak, Fernie Alpine ResortGreetings everyone, hope this finds you well and enjoying early spring wherever you might be. As you may know it has been a long snowy winter in the Elk Valley and the South Country too. We’re looking forward to summer as we’re sure you are too.

By now you will have received your newsletter and bill in the mail for this year. We wanted to let you know that the new $500 damage deposit fee only applies to those new campers joining us in 2017, not to existing campers.

Many campers have been asking about the gate and when you’ll be able to access your site with your vehicle again. We can’t say an exact date for this as it depends on the weather/snow melt etc. so we will let you know as soon as we know. Please keep an eye here on the homepage of our website as we will announce the date here prior to putting the summer lock back on the gate.

Thanks, wishing you a great spring and look forward to seeing you at the lake this summer.

Update: Gate Locked

photo_snowy2ndaveGood morning everyone,

Hope this finds you well and enjoying winter. As you may know the Elk Valley and South Country (and most if not all of southern BC) has been having a major winter storm event over the past few days.

So this is just to let you know that as of today the gate will be locked (your key will not work) as we need to make sure all vehicles stay off the campsite’s roads for the time being. We’ll let you know here when the other lock is back on the gate. If you do go to the campsite you can park at the bottom and walk in to your site.

Thank you and have a great day.


Happy Holidays & Weather Update

photo_rainbowsundogGood afternoon everyone and Happy Holidays!

Hope you’ve been enjoying the season so far and wishing you all the best for the coming year ahead.

As you may know our south eastern corner of BC has been receiving proper winter weather so far this November and December and there has been lots of snow in the mountains lately. We wanted to let you know that there has also been more snow falling than normal at Koocanusa (more expected tomorrow) so if you’re out this way would be good to come check in at your campsite to see how things are looking/clear some snow off tents/trailers etc.

Thank you and Happy New Year.

Current Weather Forecast for Cranbrook and Area:


Labour Day Weekend & Autumn Updates

Greetings everyone,

Hope this finds you well and everyone has been having a great summer. It’s hard to believe but another summer is starting to wrap up here at the lake so we wanted to provide you with a few updates for summer’s end/fall’s arrival.

The Burn Ins live in concert at Koocanusa CampsiteFirstly, be sure to mark your calendars for our Season’s End Parking Lot Dance on Sunday, September 4th at 7:30pm. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s entertainment will be Elkford’s own “The Burn Ins.” This outdoor concert is free of charge and fun for the whole family!

The Burn Ins are an award winning, female fronted, blues rock, power trio from Elkford. They were regional champions in CBC Radio’s 2015 Searchlight contest and also won “Best New Artist” for the 2015 Kootenay Music Awards. They recently (July 2016) won What’s On Magazine’s “Artist of the Year” award at the Fraser Valley Music Awards.

Also, on the Labour Day long weekend, we’ll be having our annual cooking contest. This year we want you to bring us your best Pie! Campers please bring your pies down to the store for judging on Sunday, Sept. 4th at 7pm. Thank you and we look forward to your entries.

Other Koocanusa Campsite News for our Campers & Patrons:

  • Storage Bills are ready for pick-up at the store. Payment by cash or cheque only.
  • Small, controlled campfires are okay but you must have a Spark Screen over your fire pit (these are available at the store.) Thanks for your understanding.
  • The Store is open 9am – 9pm daily until Sunday, Sept. 4th.

Koocanusa Campsite Beach at SunsetFall Store Hours are:
Mon. – Thursday & Sunday: 10am – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Kitchen is open daily until 7pm… come get your All Day Breakfast Sandwiches, Loaded Burgers & Veggie Burgers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Daily Specials.
The last day the store is open for the season is Sunday, Sept. 18th.
Last Day for Garbage Pick-up is Mon. Sept. 19th.

Wishing everyone a great end to the summer and hope to see you at the lake before the season’s out.

Happy BC Day Long Weekend!

Greetings everyone and happy Friday!

KoocanusaCampsite_August16FF_thirdpgWe would like to wish everyone a great BC Day long weekend here at Koocanusa. We hope you enjoy your time here to the fullest but while in our grounds, please remember that this is a family campground and to respect our 11pm quiet time. 

The store is open 9am – 9pm daily this weekend and all through the summer (until the end of the Labour Day long weekend.) We carry all of your general camping supply and grocery needs as well as a full kitchen serving homemade muffins, all day breakfast sandwiches, burgers, veggie burgers, daily specials and more. We also carry 12 delicious rotating flavours of hard ice cream plus many other novelties and treats too. And of course think of us as your supply for both vehicle and boat gas here at the lake.

Be sure to check out the Bayne’s Lake Farmers Market on Sat. July 30th from 9am – 12:30pm and then on Sunday, July 31st from 10am – 2pm we invite you to join us for our own Vendor Sale here at the campground on and in front of the store deck. Come check out the work of great home based businesses and arts/craft vendors who camp here at our campground.

Have a great long weekend and look forward to seeing you at the lake soon!

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.

Happy Spring & Victoria Day Long Weekend

Greetings everyone. Hope this finds you well and look forward to seeing many of you back at here at Koocanusa for the upcoming Victoria Day long weekend. Just wanted to share with you a few updates to be aware of for this weekend/spring:

Reflections at Lake Koocanusa in springSpring Cleaning, May 20th – 23rd, 2016:
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.

The Store is Open:
The store is once again open for the season, so come see us this weekend for general camping supplies, snacks, 12 flavours of ice cream, fuel, propane, firewood, fireworks and more!

Spring Store Hours, May 23 – June 23:
Sunday – Thursday: 9am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 9am – 8pm

Firework Finale to Canada Day 2011 at Koocanusa

by Anita Braconnier

Fireworks Show this Saturday, May 21st:
As we were unable to have our annual fireworks show last Canada Day weekend due to the hot, dry weather last year, we’ll be having a fireworks display this weekend on Sat. May 21st at dusk on the beach. Come out and enjoy them and thanks to Fred at site 110 for all your work in putting together this show each year.

Are currently okay as long as they are small, controlled and put out when finished. Please ensure that you have a spark screen for your fire pit. There are to be NO fires outside the back fence line — this has been an issue in past years with young people from our campsite — please remind your children of this.

While everything is looking lush this weekend and there is some rain in the forecast, it’s been a very dry spring so far here in the South Country. So please respect our water source and help us to conserve water.

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.

Weather Forecast:
Cranbrook/South Country Weather Forecast

We wish everyone a fun, safe weekend at the Lake with family and friends. Happy Camping and see you soon!