Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park

Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
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Mrs-Dash59
Saskatchewan, Canada817 contributions
Sep. 2022
Park our vehicle at the parking lot so we could bike to the ferry. Upon our return we checked out the salmon spawning area. Wow! This place is amazing. They have a beautiful set up for visitors. The campground looks really nice. We are planning a return camping trip.
Written January 20, 2023
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Zoe Osanna
Lethbridge, Canada14 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Family
The salmon were spawning!!! I’ve always heard about salmon spawning but it was so cool to watch!! There is so much to do in the park: you can spend an afternoon there, a few days or camp out there for a month. As a family we were particularly impressed with the playground, shallow beach and great walking trails. We will definitely be back next summer.
Written September 12, 2022
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bluestang
British Columbia, Canada76 contributions
Aug. 2022
Way to many rules. We stopped in to visit some friends whom were camping here. Although the gates don't close until eleven one of wardens came around to tell us our car had to be out by nine or "we would be trespassing". We moved the car out on to the highway and continued our visit but had very dark and totally unsafe walk back to our vehicle an hour later.
Seems like every time we stop at this park there is a new rule and a new fee.
It was so much better for us local users prior to privatization.
Written September 10, 2022
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Ahlum
Vancouver, Canada506 contributions
Aug. 2021
Had a short day trip to Kokanee Creek Provincial Park while staying in Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. It"s about 15 min drive. Went to the Visitors Centre first for enquires and washroom. Proceed to the spawning channel of which the trail head is steps from the Centre. The trail has lots of interpretative signs about salmon return and bear habitat. It"s early August and supposed to be the beginning of the salmon return. Unfortunately I didn't see any salmon in the creek. However, I saw a deer and a bear cub on the trail. I immediately retreated back and reported to the Centre about the sighting of the bear. Then, I drove to the Day Use Area parking lot and had a stroll on the beach. The beach is very quiet with beautiful view of the Kootenay Lake and mountains.
Written August 21, 2021
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laurel
Kamloops, Canada8 contributions
Jul. 2021
A beautiful location with the freshest water. We love to paddleboard here. Have not camped here but the day use facilities are clean and the whole area very well maintained. It is the picture perfect Canadian summer snapshot.
Written July 9, 2021
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Annette M
Burnaby, Canada22 contributions
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Watching the spawning Kokanee Sockeye salmon and seeing two black bears. Raised wooden platform walkway.
Written September 9, 2020
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Dave Jenkins
Invermere, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2020
We have visited Kokanee Creek many times over the past several years. Its probably our favorite park due to its beauty. The woods, the large private camp sites, the trails, the beaches and the Info centre are great. On this recent visit we noticed a change. The park was full but was not posted to indicate so like other parks do. We had a site booked for one night only so asked if FCFS was a possibility next night. The operator was at the gate house telling all comers to stay in the day area parking lot and get on a list for a site. We did and next day got site 157 by the Shower house and beach. Nice spot planed to stay 4 days.
While there we noticed some questionable characters that were allowed to stay overnight in parking area. My wife entered shower building to find this lady with her bike and large dog in the shower area. Totally unhealthy. That same night a Motor home pulled up next to use that turned out to be a party buss of young adults. At 9 there generator was running and booze was poring from an outside bar and very loud music and dancing till past 9:30. When i told them to shut it down they said we could do what we want till 10. My wife and I had to go inside our trailer and close windows just to have a conversation. I could tell this was going past 10.
I blame the park operator for accepting more than they have room for and everyone they can resulting this this type of environment. It is so disrespectful of the disruptive visitors and the park operator. A park staff guy talked to them but let them continue. Including the generator. I informed them of my discussion not to return which was hard to do because we like the park, just not the way it is now run. We left the next morning. We will not return but instead spend our time finding a new favorite. I could not recommend this park at this time.
Written August 22, 2020
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Isabel M
British Columbia, Canada28 contributions
Aug. 2020
Great campground, excellent park. Great mountain biking less than a kilometre away, two sandy beaches with shallow entry for kids & toddlers, salmon-spawning to watch (mid-Aug onward), a variety of hiking experiences (from easy to challenging), nearby Nelson for great restaurants and shops (many independents to enjoy supporting), gorgeous Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park for a day trip, Balfour Ferries to Crawford Bay also a hop, skip & jump away... it's an ideal location. The campground was well run. Everything was super clean. The other campers were respectful and it was quiet at night. Our family enjoyed the varied programming every day/evening at the local nature centre. Two thumbs up.
Written August 15, 2020
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greenmountaingirl2
Vancouver, Canada81 contributions
Aug. 2020
The Good
-well-maintained campground
-nice visitor center with free Wi-Fi
-washrooms very clean
-nicely signed and laid out

The Bad
-huge campground, haze over everywhere when people have campfires

The Ugly
Hiking trails are scenic and well signed. Unfortunately a nasty incident marred our experience.
Trailheads are clearly signed that dogs are welcome but must be leashed.
3 of us were hiking with a small dog on a leash, when suddenly a big dog (probably 100 pounds) charged us. The owner, a young mother and her 2 children, were unable to control it. They had a second dog the same size, neither were leashed.

We asked her to please put a leash on her dogs, to which she replied "I don't have leashes". The dogs continued to harass us. We informed her that these trails were in a provincial park and that others had the right to use them without having to be concerned about badly behaved unleashed dogs. Had a small child been with us, he/she would have been knocked to the ground. Had someone been unsteady on their feet, they could have sustained injury with a dog that size barreling into them.

The owner went on to say that if my small leashed pet felt threatened by her 2 loose dogs, the fault lay with my dog. She then informed us that "the locals come here several times a week, none of us use leashes, and if you don't like it go back where you came from".

Wow. So apparently the locals think its okay to ignore the rules, its okay to let your big dogs run wild and bother other hikers and wildlife, and anyone who disagrees with this is unwelcome. And sadly, it seems BC Parks does not have the staff or the funding to go after the violators, so they get away with this kind of behaviour every time.
Written August 11, 2020
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Karlyn
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Jul. 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately what was meant to be a lovely 4 night camping trip was a nightmare here. Most other campers were in large 5th wheeler trailers and had extremely loud generators running. It said quiet time was 10pm-8am. But this was not followed the the generators kept us up as well as partying and loud music on speakers most nights. The other campers were very inconsiderate of others and many let their children run wild and screaming. This would start each morning around 5:30-6. We got zero sleep. We cut our trip short and stayed at a hotel instead on our last night because we couldn't deal with the inconsiderate loud people and trailers any longer. A beautiful campground but if you're in a tent definitely not the place to be. Won't be returning nor do we recommend this campground to others.
Written July 4, 2020
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