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Surveyors Lake is a perfect swimming spot for those hot summer days.

Only a 30 minute drive south-west of Fernie, Surveyors Lake is easy to get to and is within Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, a well-maintained BC Park that also houses a large campground for tenting and RV's. The lake is warm with sandy beaches with lots of trees on the edges of the sandy beaches for shade on a sunny hot day. The lake is non-motorized. There is a trail that goes around the lake where you can spot Painted Turtles. Please be sure not to disturb them. No dogs are allowed around the beaches and in the lake and must be on a leash anywhere else in the Park.

Driving directions:

From Fernie there are two ways to get there:

Option 1

  • Take Hwy 3 west past the town of Elko Continue on Hwy 3 past the 3 & 93 Dairy Bar
  • After about 2km turn left onto Kikomun Newgate/ Teepee Creek Road
  • Follow that road for about 7km until the junction with Jaffray Baynes Lake Road.
  • Continue straight through the intersection, Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is on your left.
  • From there speak to the park staff at the entrance if you’re staying overnight, or follow the signs to Surveyors Lake if you are just there for a day trip.

Option 2

  • Take Hwy 3 west past the town of Elko
  • Take a left (south) onto Hwy 93, at the 3 & 93 Dairy Bar
  • After about 10km turn right (west) onto Jaffray Baynes Lake Road (small sign)
  • Follow road for about 7km to the junction with Kikomun Newgate/Teepee Creek Road
  • Turn left onto Kikomun Newgate/Teepee Creek Road, and Kikomun Creek Prov Park entrance will be on your left side.
  • From there speak to the park staff at the entrance if you’re staying overnight, or follow the signs to Surveyors Lake if you are just there for a day trip.

Located in a dry sunny area of the province, this Provincial Park preserves an example of Interior Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest and grassland habitat. Paved roads within this family oriented park are conducive to biking. The map of the Park details the location of the lake and three separate camping areas. The Park is located along side Lake Koocanusa a large popular lake for motorized boating.

Read this blog about Surveyors Lake by Lisa Kadane.

 

 

 

 

  • Contact Information
  • www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/kikomun_crk/#Location
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