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.

Discover the ultimate fishing and boating paradise on the majestic Kootenay Lake. With its crystal-clear waters stretching over 100 kilometers, this stunning lake offers unparalleled opportunities for anglers and boating enthusiasts alike. Cast your line and reel in the catch of the day as you explore the abundant populations of rainbow trout, kokanee, and bull trout that call these waters home.

Venture out on your boat and soak in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding mountains and serene shoreline. Feel the gentle breeze against your face as you cruise along the tranquil waters, taking in the panoramic views that unfold before you. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful day of leisurely boating or an adventurous fishing expedition, Kootenay Lake has it all.

Don’t have your own boat? No problem. Local marinas and rental services offer a wide range of boats, from powerboats to kayaks, ensuring that everyone can experience the joy of being on the water. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice boater, the Kootenay Lake is a playground that promises endless hours of enjoyment and unforgettable memories.

Plan your fishing and boating adventure on the Kootenay Lake and immerse yourself in the serenity of nature while indulging in your favourite water activities. With its pristine waters, picturesque surroundings, and abundant fish populations, Kootenay Lake is a haven for fishing and boating enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary experience.

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