Creek Provincial Park
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is located 36 km (22 miles) north
of the USA border, bordering the State of Montana in British Columbia's
south-east corner about 76 km (48 miles) south-east from Cranbrook
and 51 km (32 miles) south-west from Fernie.
To get to Kikomun Provincial Park from other parts of BC, take Hwy
3 east or Hwy3/Hwy 93 west to Kikomun Newgate Road - about 16 km
(10 miles) west of Jaffray.
Drive towards Montana until you see Kikomun Newgate Road. The gate
house to the park is another 7.5 km from this point at Jaffray Baynes
Lake Road. If you happen to be in Jaffray you can also take the
paved Jaffray Baynes Lake Road to Kikomun Newgate Road and the park
If you are coming from Montana, take Hwy 93 north from the border
crossing at Roosville and travel 27 km (19 miles) to Jaffray Baynes
Lake Road. Turn here, then go north about 8 km (5 miles) on Jaffray
Baynes Lake Road to the park gate off Kikomun Newgate Road.
The main highlights found at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park include
the walking and cycling trails as well as five lakes found within
the park (some of which are very clean with white sandy beaches)
and Koocanusa Lake. Formed by Libby Dam on the Kootenay River in
Montana, Koocanusa Lake is a large body of water that stretches
approximately 72 kilometres (45 miles) through Montana and 80 kilometres
(50 miles) into British Columbia.
Northern Rail Trail
A favourite activity at Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is using a
section of the Great Northern Rail Trail which meanders through
the campground. This section of the Great Northern Rail Line was
used to haul coal out from the Elk Valley mines south to Montana
and other parts of the USA, eventually being abandoned in 1932.
A good place to gain access to the trail is at the day-use parking
lot for Surveyors Lake.
Surveyors Lake is a good spot for kids to enjoy as it features a
nice sandy beach that wraps around one side of the lake to a float,
wharf, and swimming area. Remember to look after your children as
there are no lifeguards present anywhere at Kikomun Creek Provincial
Park. With the proper fishing licence, you can try to catch Rainbow
trout or Smallmouth bass.
There are a number of campgrounds found at Kikomun Creek. Surveyors
Lake, the main campground, borders a lake by that name. It has fairly
large private sites and access to the Great Northern Rail Trail,
the Hidden Lake Trail, trails to Stink and Fisher Lakes, plus connecting
trails to Baynes Lake and the community with the same name. For
people who want to camp nearby and have access to Koocanusa Lake,
there is either the Kalispell Campground, where you can find a boat
launch, or Ponderosa Campgrounds, where there is a group campsite.
There is also the South Pool Group Site for more privacy.
You can find fairly private campsites throughout Kikomun Creek,
hot showers on the main campgrounds, a mixture of flush and pit-toilets,
tap water, a sani-station for RVs, a children's playground, changing
rooms at Surveyors Lake, a picnic area, some electrical hook-ups,
some wheelchair access, and a relaxed setting throughout the whole
Baynes Lake is a small resort community located a short distance
south of Kikomun Creek Provincial Park on the Jaffray Baynes Lake
Road. The community contains the historic Waldo Church and the Baynes
Lake Community Centre, home to a farmer's market and the Old School
House Gift Shop.
Lake General Store
For supplies and groceries including liquor, ice, fishing &
hunting licenses, bait, fishing gear, propane, and firewood, there
is the Baynes Lake General Store situated on Sweet Road. Call 250-529-7300
for hours of operation.
Other places to discover for hunting, fishing, and exploring in
this part of the East Kootenays involve adventure travelling on
the backroads, many of them available by crossing the Kikomun Bride
located just west of the park gate on the Kikomun Newgate Road over
to the west side of Lake Koocanusa.
Campsite and Marina
Once you're over the bridge, you can find a marina and a small store
at the Koocanusa Campsite and Marina. At the campground, there is
a sandy beach with a buoyed and roped off area for swimming. From
here, there is access to the Craven Creek Forest Service Road, farther
points west on the Kikomun Main FSR, and eventually north to Cranbrook
on the Gold Creek FSR and Teepee Gold Creek FSR.
Prepared on Backroads
If you do travel the backroads, make sure that you are prepared
for possible mishap and lack ofor nocommunication. Remember
also that the gravel roads could have heavy equipment or logging
trucks on them, so all precautions must be remembered, especially
when driving with your lights on; be prepared for wildlife encounters
and be sure to have up-to-date navigational aids and maps.
Surveyors Lake Campsite
Boat Launch at Lake Koocanusa