Mild weather at lake level with a heavy mountain snow pack – that’s what draws winter travellers to visit Kootenay Lake.
Winter is the premium time of year for fishing on this pristine body of water; it never freezes, and the cold surface waters bring the big ones up from the deeper water they spend summer time in. From late January through March, many anglers enjoy the combination of increasing daylight and relatively calm conditions. Bait, tackle, gas and other supplies are available year round at a number of the local stores along the East shore.
Gain easy access to areas with deep snow pack at Crawford Creek Forest Service Road, the Gray Creek Pass Road turnoff, or the Sanca Creek Forest Service Road. Snowmobile groups and clubs from other areas, as well as local outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy uncrowded, scenic outings at these and other locations. If cross country skiing or tobogganing are your preferred means of enjoying our winter splendour, try the Akokli Creek road or Kokanee Springs Golf Resort.
For overnight winter visitors, check accommodations page for information on B&B’s, campgrounds and cabins which are available year round