hectare provincial park is situated in the Slocan Range of the Selkirk
Mountains in the Kootenay Region of British
Columbia. The park is named for its namesake glacier that looms on the
impressive Kokanee Peak.The
word kokanee means "red fish", a Kootenay Indian word referring to the
land-locked salmon of Kootenay Lake.
over 30 glacial lakes within the park, each inhabitated by a number
of species of fish. Surrounding these glacial gems are forests
of hemlock, western red cedar, lodgepole pine, larch and Engelmann spruce
such as mountain goat, deer, black bear, rabbit and squirrels reside.
Bird species include
grouse and the golden eagle.
the parks landscape is made up of Nelson granite, an impressive geological
formation. The rugged terrain of the park appeals to experienced visitors
interested in outdoor recreation,
including adventurous hiking, mountaineering and ski mountaineering.
are five access roads to the park all of which are not suitable for
low clearance vehicles:
From Nelson, which is located on Highway 3A, drive 19km northeast
to Kokanee Creek and follow it for 16 km to Gibson Lake. 2. From Ainsworth, located on Highway 31, drive 10 km north
to Woodbury Creek and follow it for 13 km to the trailhead. 3. From Kaslo, which is located on Highway 31A, drive 6 km
northwest to Keen Creek and follow it for 24 km to the Joker millsite. 4. From Slocan City, which is located on Highway 6, drive
14 km north to Enterprise Creek and follow it 13 km to the trailhead. 5. From Slocan drive 8 km south to Lemon Creek and follow
it for 16 km to the trailhead.
FACILITIES & ACTIVITIES
- Wilderness camping is
permitted in designated areas. There are no developed campgrounds
in the park. Various shelters are located throughout the park for
overnight use. A picnic area, toilets and park information are located
near Gibson Lake. Dogs are strictly prohibited in the park.
& Boating - Angling in the parks lakes and waterways is a popular
pastime for visitors.
& Trails - Extensive routes and hiking
trails lead to the parks scenic features. Cross-country skiing
is popular during the winter months.
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