If you are looking for a fishing paradise look no further!
There are seven species of fish in Kootenay Lake: Rainbow Trout (Gerrard), Bull Trout, Burbot, Mountain Whitefish, White Sturgeon, Brook Trout, Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Kokanee Salmon.
The Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce advises:
"The lake has three main seasons, spring, summer and winter, and you need to understand fish behaviour during these seasons. If you are a newcomer, hire a guide for a day or more. You’ll get the most information this way, and perhaps you’ll land the big one. Most big fish are caught on the lure that is in season, but the right techniques, such as speed and depth, are just as important. Kootenay Lake also offers excellent fly fishing."
Local Fishing Charters include:
Public launch ramps are available at Riondel, Kootenay Bay and Kuskonook.
Fishing licenses and tackle are available from the Gray Creek Store. Fishing licences can also be ordered online at the Ministry of Environment of British Columbia.
So come and stay with us at Kokanee Chalets and enjoy some of the world's best fresh water fishing!
Crawford Bay boasts an amazing golf course designed by Norman Woods. 18 holes nestled in the valley at the end of Crawford Bay. It's a beautiful and relaxed place. When you book your stay with us, ask about our golf packages!
"Brief History of Kokanee Springs Golf Resort
Kokanee Springs is considered as Norman Wood’s masterpiece. Carved from the wilderness and situated along the base of the Purcell Mountain range, Kokanee Springs has been regarded as the flagship of golf courses in the Kootenays. World renowned golf course architect Norman Woods had been commissioned to design the layout, having apprenticed under Stanley Thompson. (Thompson designed the Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge Courses in the Canadian Rockies).
With more than 300 golf courses to his credit, Woods still recalls Kokanee Springs as his greatest challenge. “The entire area looked as though it was nothing but bush, water and rocks”, says Woods, “with a towering mountain running into it, my choices were certainly restricted. I was sure the mountain was not going to move, so it was up to me to fit the course in around it”, Woods reminisced.
Woods had moved on site and was living in the historic Murray Cabin near #7 to oversee the construction. Some of his enhancements included the hundreds of feet of rock walls along the tiered tee boxes, log trestles and bridges to route traffic and the stone wishing wells. The pond at #14 was created, fed by a small streams; this pond is a beautiful hazard as well as a practical reservoir for the irrigation system. The smaller ponds on #9 and #18 were also built under Woods’ watchful eye. In fact, he designed the 120-acre course to take full advantage of its scenic beauty and to challenge the golfers who now play upwards to 30,000 rounds per year.
Sixty-six sand traps, twelve water hazards and 124,000 square feet of elevated, multileveled greens with 90,000 square feet of terraced tee surface were all a part of his plan. As if the hazards Woods created weren’t enough of a challenge, Kokanee Springs is a long course. A well played round can take you 6.5 miles. The yardages are 6604 from the blue markers, 6260 from the whites and 5747 from the reds, on this par 71 track.
The Kokanee Lodge was completed in May of 1992, offering for the first time a complex of luxurious yet casual course-side accommodations. In 2003, Kokanee Springs celebrated the lodging expansion, with the addition of “Noble Lodge” and the Clubhouse renovation which spearheaded Kokanee into the next era of development.
Click here to download a PDF of the full history of Kokanee Springs Resort."
"Located north of Nelson, ruggedly beautiful Kokanee Glacier Park offers excellent back country adventure for the whole family. Sitting mostly above 1,800 metres in elevation, the park has two glaciers – Kokanee and Woodbury – which feed over 30 lakes and are the headwaters of many creeks.
Kokanee Lake is 1,200 metres in length and 400 metres wide; surrounded by precipitous cliffs and rock slides, it is an alpine jewel. Other scenic lakes in the park include the gem-colored Sapphire Lakes, milky Joker Lakes and popular Gibson, Kaslo and Tanal Lakes, which offer good fishing for rainbow and cutthroat trout. With 85 km of well-marked trails, this park is appropriate for campers, hikers and climbers with all levels of outdoor experience." - Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, BC Parks http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/kokanee_gl
Learn more about Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park on the BC Parks website. Includes maps and cabin booking information!
PAUL HINDSON CO-OWNER AND MANAGER, KOKANEE CHALETS, IS AN AVID MOTORBIKE RIDER WITH OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE. HIS CURRENT MULTI-BIKE FLEET IS COMPRISED OF A SUZUKI 650 V-STROM, A YAMAHA MT-01, A MOTO GUZZI 1200 NORGE, AND A HARLEY ULTRA CLASSIC.
“SINCE MOVING HERE FROM CALGARY 10 YEARS AGO, I STILL CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THE ROADS HERE. KOKANEE CHALETS IS LOCATED ON THE NORTH END OF DH 1, DESTINATION HIGHWAY’S NUMBER 1 RATED ROAD FROM CRESTON TO THE KOOTENAY LAKE FERRY.
EVEN THOUGH I HAVE RIDDEN THIS ROAD OVER 100 TIMES, WITH UPWARDS OF 300 CURVES IN 80 KM AND BRILLIANT VIEWS OF KOOTENAY LAKE , I STILL GET A HUGE THRILL FROM THIS TECHNICAL ROAD. IN FACT 3 OF THE TOP 5 DH ROADS ARE AN EASY REACH FROM HERE, INCLUDING THE SPECTACULAR RIDE FROM KASLO TO NEW DENVER, AND THE RIDE OVER THE MONASHEES FROM FAQUIER FERRY TO LUMBY. ASK ABOUT OUR 2 NIGHT MOTORBIKE SPECIAL MAY JUNE AND SEPTEMBER. DROP YOUR GEAR AND TAILOR YOUR DAY RIDES FROM 50 TO 400KM, INCLUDING THE SLOCAN VALLEY WITH ITS HISTORIC MINING TOWNS AND THE SCENIC 1774 METER SALMO CRESTON SKYWAY.
ADVENTURE RIDER? ENTRANCES TO BOTH GRAY CREEK PASS AND ROSE PASS (OPEN JULY 1) ARE LESS THAN 5 MINUTES RIDE FROM HERE. STRAP ON YOUR HELMET CAM AND GO UP UP UP ON THIS UNIQUE GRAVEL ROUTE TO KIMBERLY/CRANBROOK. DOZENS OF OTHER TRAILS NEARBY, INCLUDING SANCA CREEK, LEMON CREEK, SLOCAN-FAUQUIER, AND IDAHO PEAK. BACKROADS MAPBOOK AVAILABLE IN LOBBY.
AT THE END OF THE DAY, SOAK YOUR TIRED BIKER BONES IN OUR HOT TUB!”
“Kokanee Chalets’ water originates from a sealed, lake fed aquifer. Because of the sealed well casing, we are not required to treat it. BC Health tests it once a month. In the 11 years I have been here we have never had a bad water test.
Our water is so good tasting several of my neighbors rely on me to fill their water bottles. Plus I drink at least 2 litres a day. Come on out and treat yourself to water that’s TOTALLY CHLORINE FREE, almost impossible to find these days.
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON BOTTLED WATER WHILE VISITING HERE! Bring some refillable containers and enjoy what comes out of the tap. -Paul Hindson, Owner
Every year we get more and more bicycles, either travelling by themselves and heavily loaded, or in groups with a chase vehicle carrying their gear. Most camp, but some take the luxury of a chalet or guest room. Those with cross Canada ambitions have already crossed 3 high mountain passes to get here from Vancouver- Hope-Princeton, Anarchrist Peak and Bonanza Pass. A free ferry ride and a trek along the East Shore Road where Kokanee Chalets can welcome them is a nice alternative to the steep slopes of the Kootenay Pass. Those wanting to bring their bikes and day ride can enjoy gently undulating roads with spectacular scenery on both shoreline roads. The more mountainous roads through Kaslo, New Denver, and Slocan Valley are also a favorite.
The East Shore Trail & Bike Association recently put out a map showing all the trails on the Pilot Bay peninsula and some over in the golf course. There is so much trail to ride! Check it out.
In addition to the spectacular Gray Creek Pass and Rose Pass, the area has many “secret” awesome trails. A local mountain bike group meets once a week in summer, and anyone can join. Call us for details.