Camping on the East Shore

Sleeping under the stars, wilderness adventures, lake exploration and beautiful sunsets are just some of the camping experiences available on the East Shore, The “Heart” of the Kootenay’s awaits your discovery.

Private Campgrounds

There are complete wilderness escapes where you can test your back country survival limits and there are full service campgrounds with hot showers, laundry and hot tubs. All of these listed campgrounds will ensure your East Shore journey is comfortable. Which ever camping experience you choose you are guaranteed epic mountain vistas and pristine water, wilderness adventure and complete relaxation

Bayshore Resort – Boswell

Full facility resort with rustic and full hook-up camping, cabins, marina and restaurant.

250-354-4370 – 250 223 8270

Lakeview Store & Campground – Gray Creek

RV & Tenting Campground, Marina and General Store.

250-227-9367 or 1-877-227-9311

Kokanee Chalets, RV Park & Campground – Crawford Bay

Cozy 3 bedroom A-frame chalets, motel rooms, RV park and campground.

250-227-9292 / 1-800-448-9292 / 250-227-9277

Cedar Grove Campground – Gray Creek

Creekside RV & Tenting Campground.



Soul’s Paradise Resort – Kootenay Bay Stay on Kootenay Lake – enjoy a private sandy beach and waterfront camping. 250-227-9441

Crawford Bay RV Park – Crawford Bay

Full hook ups with 50 amp. power, water treatment plant, sewer and washhouse with showers and laundry. Come stay, play and relax. 250-227-9010


Riondel Community Campground – Riondel – Enjoying untouched nature. 250-225-3338 /

Provincial Parks

There are four provincial parks to explore while enjoying Kootenay Lake. *Midge Creek and Drewry Point are boat access only.

Pilot Bay Provincial Marine Park/Sawmill Bay Hike or Water access campground just south of Kootenay Bay. These wilderness campsites have pit toilets, picnic tables and secure food storage. This park is user-maintained and you must pack out what you pack in. Fees for overnight camping apply year-round.

Lockhart Creek Provincial Park – Well-maintained campsites in Boswell with arguably the finest beach on Kootenay Lake as well as a historic alpine access trail.

Midge Creek Provincial Park Midge Creek Park is located 38 km south of Balfour, on the southwest shore of Kootenay Lake across from Sanca Creek. Access to the park is via water vessel. Featuring more than a kilometre of sandy beach, it is a popular destination for boaters.

Drewry Point Provincial Park This inland marine park lies at the foot of the eastern slopes of the Selkirk Mountains Nelson Range. Located 36 km south of Balfour on the west shore of the Kootenay Lake. Park users are requested to practice no trace camping and remove their garbage. Its secluded sand beaches and picnic area make this park a scenic place for a relaxing visit.

Sites & Trails Recreation Sites

Garland BayLarge open beach site on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. This site receives very heavy use during the summer season. Very popular area for swimming, camping, fishing and boating.

Bernard Beach (Garland Bay South) This popular recreation site consists of a mix of vehicle campsites (not on the lake) and tent sites (on the lake)

Oliver LakeGray Creek Pass. Small campsite with pit toilets located in a scenic alpine basin with a shallow lake. There is a short trail on the east side of the road to the shallow lake. Access can also be gained to the surrounding ridges. Be sure to enjoy the rock built trail that takes you around the lake. Now part of TCT route (RSTBC)

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