Kootenay Lake Boating & Fishing

The sandy beaches skirting Kaslo, Kootenay Lake and other Kootenay waterways provide plenty of opportunity for some amazing outdoor adventures.

Explore Kootenay Lake in a sailboat, motor boat, kayak, or canoe. Don’t have a boat? You can rent from JonesBoysRentals and Woodbury Resort. Another option is a kayak, windsurfer or SUP from Kaslo Kayaking. You can book a lesson or a guided tour with them as well. For the truly adventurous who really just want to get wet, try rafting down the Lardeau River and make  memories to last you forever.


Besides Kootenay Lake, there are many small mountain lakes in the area, accessible by trail or forest service roads, where you can enjoy some peaceful and private fishing. Little sub-alpine lakes like Milford, a forest recreation site north of Kaslo (www.sitesandtrailsbc.ca), is way up a logging road but is stocked with trout. Once up there (4WD required) you really feel away from it all! If you only have an hour, there is good fishing right off the shore of Kootenay Lake at the river mouths: Kaslo River, Woodbury River, Coffee Creek or any of the smaller tributaries. You can also try Bear & Fish Lake west of Kaslo on Highway 31 towards New Denver.

You can get your fishing licence and lots of information (and fish tales) at Woodbury Resort & Marina or Jones Boys Boats. A ten minute drive south from Kaslo towards Nelson will take you to both. Each have the tackle, current information and fish stores to inspire you.