Kootenay Lake Activities and Information
Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide “The Selkirk Mountain range is to the west and the Purcell Mountain range to the east, with peaks ranging from 2100 – 2750 metres (7000′- 9000′) The lake is about 145 km (90 miles) long, and up to 152 meters (500′) deep, with an average width of 4 km (2.5 miles), and is 8 km (5 miles) across at its widest. Kootenay lake was formed during the Ice Ages, when glacial advances deposited till to the south, creating the rich farmlands around Creston and large fertile basins to the north. Fed by numerous creeks, Kootenay Lake’s major source of water is the Kootenay River, which originates in the Rocky mountains and passes through Montana and Idaho before emptying into the lake. It is the second largest tributary of the Columbia River.
The lake’s rocky shores encompass hundreds of tiny bays and beaches, intriguing to explore by kayak or canoe. It is not uncommon to find yourself the only boater visible across the lake’s expanse! Kootenay Lake is home to Kokanee salmon (a land-locked sockeye), Sturgeon, Dolly Varden and trout, including the world’s largest species, the Gerrard Rainbow. Approximately half of the lake shore has roads, with the balance being accessible only by boat. Settlements are strung along a thin band where the roads follow the lake shore. Wilderness is always close at hand and human residents share the landscape with large diverse populations of wildlife including, deer, elk, moose, caribou, mountain goat, bears, cougars, wolves and coyotes.”