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!


Water Pump is On

Greetings everyone,

Water Pump is ONHope this finds you well. Just a quick note to let our campers know that the water pump is now on so there is water available throughout the campsite again. Weather is still cool/wet here but grass is green and spring is in the air in the South Country.

Thanks, enjoy your day and see you at the lake this spring/summer.

Easter Weekend Update for our Campers

Koocanusa - April 10, 2017

Koocanusa – Mon. April 10th, 2017

Good evening everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that as of this Thursday morning (April 13th) the Summer Lock will be back on our gate. This means regular vehicle traffic is allowed on our roads but please note there is to be no moving of trailers/RVs at this time.

Water has not been turned on throughout the campground yet, but is on down at our trailers by the store. We’ll let you know once water is on throughout the campground.

As usual please watch our website for the latest campground news and happenings.

Thank you and wishing everyone a great Easter long weekend.

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.