Call for Activity Leaders & Participants for 2018 Youth Water Festival, Nelson B.C.


The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society in partnership with the City of Nelson is hosting the first annual Youth Water Festival on May 23, 2018.

This festival is aimed at educating and inspiring local youth on the importance, function, history, and stewardship of freshwater in the Kootenays, specifically Kootenay Lake.

Various activity booths will be set up at Lakeside Park in Nelson, BC for children and youth to rotate through. Each booth will focus on different aspects of water importance and health. We will host various school groups ranging from grade school to high school.The morning will be focused on education, engagement, and fun activities for younger groups while the afternoon will be focused on discussion around careers and volunteering for older groups.

Currently, we are doing a call for activity leaders to host booths as well as school groups that would like to attend.

Participation in this event is free but sign up is mandatory.
Sign up today as spots are limited!

Please contact us to sign up either as an activity leader or school group to attend:

Call for Activity Leaders & Participants for 2018 Youth Water Festival, Nelson B.C.

For the love of the lake!


I Clean, Drain and Dry My Boat – Boating Best Practise

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Other important things to note as you take your boat out of the water so we can keep Kootenay Lake waters clean and free of invasive species

Do your part to help protect BC’s precious aquatic ecosystems, recreation opportunities and boating industry!

Boating industry, volunteers and clients should incorporate best practices to prevent and control aquatic invasive species into all plans and operations where boats and/or equipment will be moved from one body of water to another.


o Take extra care to Clean, Drain, Dry (see diagram above)

o Remember to pull the plug!

o Wash the exterior and interior of the boat

o Always ask if arriving boats have been inspected by a BC Provincial Mussel Inspection Team

o New boats also need inspecting! Many are tested in a lake or pond

o If a boat has not gone through provincial inspection, determine if it has come from an area where zebra and quagga mussels are present.

o If a boat is coming from a high risk region, call the BC provincial government RAPP hotline: 1-877-952-7277. Note: there is no charge for decontamination

o If you are bringing a boat to B.C. from an infested region, ll out the Out of Province Watercra Form and follow instructions


CLEAN all plant parts, animals and mud from boat, trailer, and equipment (e.g. boots, waders, shing gear).

DRAIN onto land all items that can hold water (e.g. buckets, wells, bilge, and ballast).

DRY all items completely before launching into another body of water.

» Stop the Spread of Invasive Mussels

» Report-a-Species APP

» Clean Drain Dry Program clean-drain-dry

» Any suspected transport, possession or release of invasive mussels should be reported immediately to the Conservation Of cer Services RAPP HOTLINE 1-877-952-7277



It’s Time for Winterizing your Boat

It’s that time of year again!  The snow has fallen all around Kootenay Lake.  While the water on the Lake does not freeze and boaters can still coast along with their fishing lines i the water, most boats get tucked away or taken away for the winter season.

Regardless,  it’s good practise to winterize your boat and keep it in good condition so it’s ready to put in the water next spring.  Here is a link with an indepth check list of things to consider.

Inboard Engine(s)

Stern Drive(s)

Outboard Engine(s)



Fresh Water System



Out of Water Storage

In Water Storage

Click on the link below for details on each item.

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The 5th Annual Kootenay Lake Summit

The 5th Annual Kootenay Lake Summit

Saturday, November 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Wynndel Community Hall

Spend a day with local experts from the Kootenay Lake area. The morning will be filled with informative and engaging presentations on topics such as; steps to creating a regional park, how to fund your next stewardship project and a comprehensive update on fish in Kootenay Lake. The afternoon will include workshops on water conservation, trail access, invasive American Bullfrog identification and what to do if you find one and how to use the shoreline guidance document.  It is FREE to attend!

Results of the Woodbury Rainbow Derby In October 2017

The Woodbury derby happened on the Thanksgiving weekend, Oct 7 – 9th, 2017.  
$2500.00 for the first prize of a 3 lb plus fish is a pretty good weekends work as well as time out on the lake well spent.
These were the final winners of this falls derby:
  Woodbury Resort 2017 Rainbow Derby!
1st place Jean Rioux 3.13 lbs
2nd place Steve Gutsche 3.12 lbs
3rd place Larry Poland 3.6 lbs

Info compliments of the Gill & Gift :

Gray Creek Sailing Regatta

The Gray Creek Sailing Regatta 2017

Each Labour Day weekend, the Gray Creek Sailing Regatta takes place; a 4 to 5km race in Crawford Bay with different classes of sailboats. Lions pancake breakfast on Sunday at 10 am at the Gray Creek Store and a trophy presentation in the afternoon. This event has been taking place for at least 30 years. Sponsored by the Kootenay Lake Sailing Association and hosted by The Lakeview.

Watch this wonderful video from the regatta in 2013 compliments of Leona Lund.  Mark your calendars to attend the Gray Creek Regatta 2018 (September 2 & 3, 2018)