The best camping near Kootenay Lake Provincial Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Kootenay Lake Provincial Park adventure.

Camp and go paddling on this scenic inland lake beneath the mountains of central British Columbia.  

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Valhalla Pines Campground

14 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents7 acres · Vallican, BC
This is a quiet forested residential area in Sinixt territory. Recommended activities include floating down the river, canoeing the lake, hiking or climbing in Valhalla Park, soaking in Halfway Hot Springs or indulging in Nelson. We are surrounded by beautiful mountains and rivers. This valley has many outdoor activities and events and a very interesting history and culture including Sinixt, Doukhobor, Cannabis and Conscientious Objector. Nelson, Castlegar and Slocan Lake are all a half hour drive away. There are many other special places nearby such as the Goddess Pools and the Emerald Pools. Supplies and services are available nearby including firewood, toiletries, dog day care, massage, bike and canoe rentals, life jackets, rubber dingys and paddles etc. Let us know if you would like a referral to any of these services. There are many guides available for activities in the area including (water sports, climbing, skiing, hiking, artist tours, events, geology, mining, mushrooms, cannabis, garden tours and native history). There is a particularly valued native storyteller here that can also provide a walking tour to a nearby village site with a full scale replica of an aboriginal kekuli (earth house). Please call ahead for recommendations on booking guides or storytellers. You don't need one to get here, but its good to have a 4 wheel drive vehicle for some of the logging roads that are worth visiting. Roof and/or bike racks can also come in handy. The Vallican Whole community center also has events nearby.
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For-rest Retreat

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents54 acres · Salmo, BC
We bought this property in 2008 as raw land with an old off-grid 1950's cabin on it. While the log structure was sound, the cabin needed some major renovations to be liveable. We undertook renovations, lived in it for 6 months and then moved into a yurt on a more accessible section of our property. We now run the cabin as a short term rental, have another small rental next to our house and we are using the yurt for gatherings, retreats and yoga classes! For more info, visit our website: https://for-rest.ca Learn more about this land: AVAILABLE ALL YEAR!  A backcountry-style off-grid cabin in a perfect location to explore the Kootenays. THIS CABIN IS ACCESSED BY A 0.7 KM HIKING TRAIL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY. Enjoy privacy and be close to nature at the base of Keystone Mountain. Far enough to feel like you are away from it all, close enough to experience all the Kootenays have to offer. Campfires are permitted when there is no fire ban. We have firewood available to purchase - please add this as an extra at the time of booking. Close to world-class ski hills and backcountry skiing, excellent hiking and mountain biking opportunities and even private trails right out your door. Enormous snowy peaks, clear lakes, and waterfalls characterize this mountain playground in southeastern British Columbia, where visitors can expect backcountry adventures, endless singletrack mountain bike trails, hiking trails, mineral hot springs, and small towns with vibrant arts and culture scenes. Our property is located just outside of Salmo, in the Hub of the Kootenays. 30 minutes from Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Kootenay Pass, and Champion Lakes.
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Private river getaway

2 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Salmo, BC
Once this property was a cattle ranch but now it's a private spot nestled right next to the Salmo river.Learn more about this land:Private camping spot and small tree fort down by the Salmo River. We have room for a 35ft camper, you will be parking on grass but the site requires levelling.We are located in Salmo, BC which is 30 minutes south of Nelson, BC. Nelson is surrounded by the rugged Selkirk Mountains and sits on the shores of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Whether gliding through the incredible powder at Whitewater Ski Resort, rafting down class 4 rapids on the Salmo River, catching a twenty-five-pound rainbow trout on Kootenay Lake, hiking up to Kokanee Glacier, or watching the fabulous live performances at The Capitol Theatre, the area has attractions for everyone.Only a 5-minute drive to the local grocery store.Access to the mountains from the old railroad system directly off of the property by motorcycles and/or side by sides, you just need to go slow until you clear the houses.Campfires are permitted, pets are welcome.We look forward to hosting you.
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Babsy's Absolutely Magical Retreat

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
I bought this magical property 13 years ago and I have developed it from beach to mountain with the idea of sharing it with epic humans since day 1. It is 1 acre of pure natural and artistic bliss. The natural wonders include a massive beach with space for many, a gigantic sling shot, sweet fire pits, comfortable lawn chairs, paddle boards, kayaks, a cedar strip canoe, and many other toys for you to explore. I also have a small fishing boat and 16ft catamaran that I can take guests out on for a small fee. There are 2 locations that can be rented separately or booked together, however there are also a couple of sites to pitch a tent on. Its like jurassic park here, very tropical and chill. The artful camper boasts of an outdoor spa and deck, BBQ, mini fridge, fantastic lake and mountain views and access and the beach from 10-8pm. The other rental a.k.a. The beach-house comes with an attached outdoor 1950's style kitchen, oudoor on demand shower, outhouse, firepits, lawnchairs, and free use of water vessels. Very, very cool. It is located steps from the water. Truly magical.
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Woodsy, Artsy Nature Retreat

3 sites · Lodging3 acres · BC
Morningstar Log Cabin and Bunkieland: 3 Distinctive glamping accommodations can be rented individually or as a whole for small family reunions, intimate wedding gatherings or a group of friends getaway spot. This property is conveniently located just 5 minutes from Nelson's core. Set on the forest's edge, all the Cabins offer spectacular views of emerald-green Kootenay Lake, our beautiful city of Nelson. The cabins offer an unforgettable experience of the landscape and its wildlife. Bird watching, hiking, and biking are available on your doorstep, with nearby access to kayaking, skiing, fishing, or anything else your heart may desire from our renowned mountain ranges, 200 km of lakeshore, and four distinct seasons. With an uncommonly high number of organic farms, adventure-filled days are bolstered by local produce-driven, sustainable dining, craft beers and ciders, and the chance to unwind in our classically but eclectically furnished cabins compliment the local artsy and funky vibe. Morning Star Log Cabin is open year-round, and Bunkieland is a seasonal "glamping accommodation" available from May to Oct.Our cabins, each outfitted with a queen-sized bed and a double pull-out, are finished with unique and local artisan-designed pieces to offer a cozy rustic retreat. Taking the best parts of the remote and pairing them with comfort, one can check out reality and decompress while still within reach of civilization.  There are so many activities and ways to relax you could easily stay a week without getting bored for both the timidest and most adventurous outdoor enthusiasts.
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Blacktail Ridge

1 site · RV, Tent55 acres · Creston, BC
Set on 55 acres of rolling hillside in the community known as Wynndel B.C., Blacktail Ridge is a quick 15 min N of Creston and only 20 min S of Kuskanook Harbour. Our large campsites provide plenty of space and privacy. There are only 6 sites available as the Deer, Elk, wild Turkey were here first!
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West Kootenay Adventure

3 sites · RVs, Tents7 acres · Salmo, BC
The property sits at an elevation of 900m. Located in the southern tip of the West Kootenay region just 2km from the American border. The site is a quiet mountainous setting surrounded by babbling creeks and fresh mountain springs. There are numerous hiking trails with views down 2 valleys. Rosebud Lake and nature reserve is a short 3km bike ride. Thete is a secluded and scenic camping area set up for guests and can accommodate vehicle combinations up to 50ft in length. There are no hookups or cell service. However there is mountain spring water, Wifi and an outhouse at the site. Pets welcome, campfires permitted when no fire ban. Located a short 20-minute drive from the historic village of Salmo, BC. Walk or bike to Rosebud lake and wildlife sanctuary, go boating in the Ponderille. Or explore one of many private swimming holes on the Salmo River. A 2WD vehicle takes you to the top of Kootenay Pass (Stagleap Provincial park) at 1750m where world class hiking and ski touring exist. Fishing, whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding, canyoning, golfing, disc golf ect. There are endless opportunities to explore the rich history in the area. There are bicycles, a mobile woodfired sauna and luxury canvas Belle tent on site which can all be added to your rental for a small cost.
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The Kootenay Cottage & RV site

2 sites · Lodging, RVs2 acres · Ainsworth Hot Springs, BC
This fully furnished and fully equipped cottage is super cozy for a single person or couple. Always pet friendly! Additionally, we offer a fully serviced RV pad able to accommodate up to 40 ft trailer or coach. The cottage offers a memory/gel queen bed with 100% cotton sheets, down pillows, down comforter and 100% cotton towels. The space includes a fully equipped kitchen with a stove, microwave, toaster, blender, Keurig, French press, plates, glasses, silverware, stainless steel pots and pans. Just bring your groceries and pet food! One gig wifi. The cottage is next to the West Arm Provincial Park, hiking and biking trails are all pet-friendly! A short walk to Kootenay Lake and a 5-minute drive to the beach (pet friendly). The cottage is close to Balfour, Nelson, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kokanee Creek Provincial Park and spawning channels, Old Growth Forest and the Kokanee Glacier. Additionally, we offer a fully serviced RV pad able to accommodate up to 40 ft trailer or coach. We look forward to hosting you!
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Blackberry Hill

1 site · RV, Tent28 acres · Creston, BC
Enjoy privacy in the woods amongst the cedar trees, birches, and red pines. We have currently two available sites for RV campers. We can accommodate vehicles up to 29ft in length and the site requires small leveling. The trailers need to be prepared for off grid. Super quiet forest with lots of hikes and kayaking nearby. There are many orchards with fruit trees and vegetables just a 10-minute drive from the property. Two large red sequoias 2 minutes drive. Beautiful Kootenay lake is about 20 km north. Campfires are permitted as long as there is no fire ban, and pets are welcome. There will be firewood waiting for you. (No need to buy) The property is located in Creston Valley, BC. Creston Valley is situated just 10 kilometres north of the U.S. border and at the south end of Kootenay Lake, nestled between the majestic Selkirk & Purcell Mountains. The valley is a unique fertile agricultural region and home to many beautiful fruit orchards and wineries
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Rosebud Campground

1 site · RV129 acres · Salmo, BC
Rosebud Campground is a pristine lakeside forest campground that is 25 minutes south of Salmo, nestled in the renowned Kootenay region of British Columbia. Campsites are available for tenting, car camping, group camps and self contained R.V. units- no hook ups available. Two beach front lake access points come off the pavement for an easy way to launch your kayaks, paddle boards or non motorized floating devices to enjoy the Painted Turtle habitat and mountainside vista. Experience fishing, bird watching, hiking, forest bathing, swimming, relaxing, and a rejuvenating digital detox from your cellular devices at this off grid, yet easily accessed, campground. Please no dogs, glass, motorized boats (including electric), no soaps or surfactants in the lake, no loud music- Quite time after 11 pm. Full campground rental available, please contact us directly for more information.
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Fairway Camp at Queen's Bay Resort

1 site · RV1 acre · Balfour, BC
An RV lot at a beautiful new private RV Resort in Balfour, BC - in the middle of a golf course! Kootenay Lake at your doorstep! So many recreational opportunities and close to vibrant communities with many, many restaurants and services. This fully serviced lot is suitable for an RV up to 42'. Only available to RV's that are self contained (must have toilet on board) and RV must be no older than 10 years. Available May 1st to September 30th. Minimum one month rental.
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Best West Kootenay Tiny House

4 sites · Lodging3 acres · Salmo, BC
Hey - wanna unplug??! Need some rest? This well insulated, off grid cabin with its outdoor kitchen is the place you want to be. The gorgeous and serene lake just 2.5km up the road is a placid walk or an easy drive. The lake is very warm and refreshing, fed by dozens of natural aquifer springs. Pack-it-in and pack-it-out! and bring your own bedding and foods. This tiny house it tucked away among the cedars. Enjoy the crisp air - the Quiet awaits you! This area has incredible hiking, fishing, back-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling, canoeing and jet boating - ALL WITHIN MINUTES OF THIS LOCATION. The Pend Orielle, The Columbia, and the Kootenay rivers are all nearby. Rosebud Lake is a non-motorcraft lake and is excellent for canoes, kayaks and paddle boards. There are hundred upon hundred of turtles in the lake (all very friendly and shy) and huge dragonflies (which eat all the mosquitos!) It's an excellent place for peace and quiet. This location is VERY CENTRAL and a short drive to Salmo, Trail, Castlegar or Nelson. It's a reasonable drive to get to from Spokane and Creston as well. One of the neighbours opened a little store, for eggs and ice cream and other summer snacks. The tiny house has a twin futon mattress inside, and there is an extra single mattress if there are more than two in your party. Bring your own bedding please, as this is an off-grid scenario. The building is new construction, with a classic Dickensen Marine propane heater, so with two people the space holds the heat wonderfully. Outside, you'll find a propane barbecue and two-burner for meal prep. You may wish to bring your own camping set-up as well, if you're familiar with your own equipment. Water is provided and collected from the well on the property into a large dispenser. Outhouse. Hot showers available only upon request (you can always take a dip in the lake, too). The tiny house itself is nestled amongst cedars and hemlock at the back of the property. It's very secluded and serene (see photos). Coming in 2024! a gazebo/deck atop the hill for a nice sunny lookout :)
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The best camping near Kootenay Lake Provincial Park guide

Overview

About

Long, narrow Kootenay Lake bisects BC’s West Kootenays region, with the Selkirk and Purcell mountains towering in the distance. Kootenay Lake Provincial Park sits on the lake’s west shore with most of the park, and its two main camping areas, Davis Creek and Lost Ledge, north of the lakeside community of Kaslo. There’s also a water-access wilderness camping section, Midge Creek, 38 kilometres (24 miles) south of the town of Balfour. Midge Creek has pit toilets but no potable water or other facilities, while Davis Creek and Lost Ledge have drinking water in addition to pit toilets. On the lake, you can go kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, and windsurfing. If you’re hardy, take a swim in the chilly lake waters.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for work-from-camp campers: Davis Creek Campground
  • Best for last-minute campers: Lost Ledge Campground
  • Best for secluded wilderness camping: Midge Creek

 

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can make advance reservations for Sites 1-10 of the 32 sites in Kootenay Lake Provincial Park’s Davis Creek Campground. These are in the campground’s lakeshore Cove Loop. The remainder of the Davis Creek campsites are first-come, first-served, as are the 14 sites in Lost Ledge Campground.
  2. Book your campsite online through BC Parks’ Discover Camping website, where reservations are usually available four months in advance.
  3. Reserve as early as possible for this small camping area, particularly for July and August trips.

When to go

Camping season at Kootenay Lake Provincial Park runs early May through mid-September. July and August are the busiest months and also have the best weather. Visit in September, especially mid-week, for a better chance of snagging a lakeside campsite. While spring can be pleasant in this part of British Columbia, there’s a higher chance of rain or snow. The park remains open year-round, but staff don’t clear snow from the campground, which is most likely to fall November through March.

Know before you go

  • If you’re driving to Kootenay Lake Provincial Park from the east along Highway 3, turn north on Highway 3A, then cross the lake on the free Kootenay Lake Ferry that shuttles between Kootenay Bay and Balfour. Once you’ve reached the lake’s west shore, follow Highway 31 north to the park.
  •  You can pick up groceries and basic supplies in Kaslo, south of the park’s Davis Creek and Lost Ledge sections. The region’s largest town is Nelson, 90 kilometres (55 miles) to the southwest, where you can find camping gear, outdoor equipment, and food.
  •  Davis Creek Campground has wifi available to campers for a small daily fee.
  •  In summer, you can rent canoes, kayaks, and SUP gear from Davis Creek outfitters.

Nearby attractions

  • Delve into the Canadian wilderness by camping near Johnston Canyon. Its roaring waterfalls and lush forest trails create a captivating backdrop for your Johnston Canyon camping adventure.
  • Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Canadian Rockies when camping near Columbia Icefield. Glacial vistas and icy wonderlands create an otherworldly setting for your Columbia Icefield camping experience.
  • Camping near Moraine Lake is an experience filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty. The turquoise glacial waters and towering mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for your Moraine Lake camping adventure, creating memories that last a lifetime.

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