Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
Kikomun is a large, 169 site campground that offers a wide variety of activities and facilities. Included within Kikomun is: Surveyors Lake Campground, Ponderosa Campground, Ponderosa Group Use, South Pool Group Use and Kalispell Trail Campgrounds. Frequent wildlife sightings at this park include: deer, elk, bats, badger, Canadian geese, a wide variety of pond life and one of the largest concentrations of the western painted turtle in the East Kootenays.
Kikomun Creek does accept reservations for Surveyors, Ponderosa and the Group Use camping areas. All reservations for Provincial Parks in BC go through the Discover Camping System. The Discover Camping System opens yearly on January 2nd and accepts reservations for front country sites up to four months in advance. Key Information about the reservation process are noted below:
This is the website for the reservation service. Here you may check availability and make reservations for any Provincial Park in BC that accepts them. You can also view pictures of the reservable campsites and check their measurements. Click the logo to be directed to the BC Parks Discover Camping Reservation Service.
This is the phone number for the reservation service. Please know that there is an additional administrative fee for making bookings by phone.
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This is where you may get information about reservation policy and procedure. Questions about making, changing or canceling a reservation? This is your guide. Click the logo to be directed to BC Parks Frontcountry Campground Reservations information page.
Special Notes about Kikomun Reservation Procedures:
During July and August, Kikomun functions as a tier 1 reservation park. This means you can book for same day arrival, and that you can see Kalispell Trail Campground first come first serve site availability in real time through the Discover Camping Website.
Group use areas can be booked one year in advance.
Bookings for Kikomun Creek are very competitive. Please be aware of the earliest possible date you can call or go on line for your intended arrival and book accordingly.
Vehicle Accessible Campsites: Kikomun has 169 campsites. It has 139 reservable sites and 30 first-come-first-serve campsites located in the Kalispell Trail Campground. These campsites are good for tents, RVs or trailers.
Toilets: In addition to many outhouses, this campground offers flush toilets.
Showers: Kikomun has four shower buildings. Two located in Surveyors Lake, one in the Ponderosa Campground and another at the South Pool
Group Use. These facilities are for registered guests only, as they are paid for through the camping fees instead of being coin operated.
Picnic Area: Kikomun has two great day use areas on Surveyors lake. Surveyors day use has a playground and several picnic tables and guests can walk down the hill to the Surveyors Beach where paddle boats are available for rent from Turtle Haven Boat Rentals. There is also Saunders Beach which has a swimming dock and a large number of picnic tables and parking closer to the swimming area. Both these beaches offer access to the Rail Trail hiking trail network. Dogs are not permitted in picnic areas, however may be taken down to access the water near the boat launch area onto Lake Koocanusa.
Drinking Water: Water posts are located throughout the campground and day use areas. There is also a two lane Sani-station area to fill RVs with potable water. Water quality is tested every two weeks.
Campfires: Each campsite and cabin is equipped with a fire pit. Firewood can be purchased on site from the Park Operator.
Playground: Kikomun has a playground facility located in the Surveyors Day Use area.
Boat Launch: The park provides a boat launch onto Lake Koocanusa. Parking is limited so all registered guests are requested to park their boats and trailers at their campsite. An alternative launch site for non-registered guests when the parking becomes full is the Yaqakxaqlamki Boat Launch across the Bailey Bridge.
Cabins: Kikomun Creek offers rental options for two basic cabins within the Ponderosa Campground. The cabins come equipped with beds, picnic tables and fire pits. Guests are required to bring their own bedding, cooking equipment and supplies. The Cabin in P6 has two bunks, double on bottom and singles on top, and the cabin in P1 has 2 bunks, one with a double on bottom and single on top, and the other with single on top and bottom. Each cabin has a power outlet.
Sani-Station/Dump: A system for dumping, flushing and filling water tanks is available for RV’s. Although clearly signed, the second hose is for potable water. There is a fee for dumping and must be paid in exact coin.
Power Sites: Within the Ponderosa Campground there are ten 50 Amp electrically serviced campsites.
Group Use Areas: Kikomun has two group use camping areas. These are open field areas with numerous picnic tables, communal fire pits and a picnic shelter. Each of these areas is adjacent to a shower building. The Ponderosa Group use area requires a minimum of 30 adults and the
South Pool Group use requires a minimum of 15. For weddings please contact .
Things to Do
Swimming: Kikomun offers two beautiful sandy beaches at Surveyors and Saunders Day Use Areas. There is a swimming dock at Saunders and this is a non-motorized boat lake. While no developed beach exists within the park onto Lake Koocanusa, may people do still enjoy swimming here as well.
Hiking: There is a large interpretive trail network within Kikomun called the Great Northern Rail Trail which loops around Surveyors Lake and connects to several smaller lakes within park boundaries. There is also a gravel trail that connects Kalispell Trail campground, Ponderosa Campground and Surveyors Campgrounds.
Biking: The campgrounds at Kikomun Creek are a series of paved loops suitable for biking. We ask that all users remain cautious of vehicle traffic. There are many gravel trails within the park that are suitable for bike riding.
Boating: Within the park is a boat launch which is popular with campers and locals alike. Parking is limited so registered campers are asked to keep their boats and trailers at their campsites. Located on Surveyors Beach is Turtle Haven Boat Rentals. Surveyors is a non-motorized lake, but it is still great for canoeing and kayaking. https://www.facebook.com/turtlehavenboatrentals/
Fishing: The species of fish most likely caught in Surveyors Lake are: Rainbow Trout and Small Mouth Bass. In Koocanusa you can find: Rainbow trout, whitefish, kokanee salmon, cutthroat trout and bull trout. Fishing licenses can be purchased and regulations read here: http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca/
Interpretive Programs: During July and August, Kikomun often has scheduled interpretive programs. Park Operators post schedules within the park during these times.
Turtle Watching: Kikomun Creek has one of the highest concentrations of Western Painted Turtles in the East Kootenays. They can often be seen on floating logs catching some rays on sunny days. Please be aware that these turtles are protected species and must not be handled or harassed. Please report any abuse of these amazing creatures.
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Photo Courtesy of Jenna Gunn
Photo Courtesy of Katherine Rosger
Key Rules to Know Before You Go
Camping Party Size: A camping party is 1-4 persons 16 years of age or older. Maximum party size is 8 persons (when including children under the age of 16). A camping party can have one vehicle and trailer, either one (but not both) may be an RV.
Extra Vehicles: A camping party may have a second vehicle (non-RV) on site for an additional nightly charge of half its camping fee. A towed vehicle and/or boat are not considered a second vehicle.
Check In/Check Out: Check in time is 1:00pm on scheduled date of arrival. Check out time is 11:00am. Late check outs may be permitted with prior approval from the Park Operator.
Pets: Pets are permitted on leash within the camping area. They are not permitted in the day use or picnic areas. Waste must be cleaned up and properly disposed of. Noise must be controlled.
Equipment: All tents, RVs, vehicles and equipment must remain on the gravel portion of the campsite to protect the ecological values of the park and preserve it for future users.
Quiet Time and Generators: Quiet time hours are 10:00pm-7:00am. Excessive noise is not permitted to enhance the enjoyment of all guests. Generator hours are 9am-11am and 6:00pm-8:00pm.
Western Painted Turtles: We can’t stress enough how important it is that these animals are not harassed or removed from the park.
For more information on park rules and regulations, you may check out the BC Parks Website here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/campingEthics.html
Campground Opening and Closing Dates
All campground opening, closing and charging dates are dependent on many factors (weather, water systems, etc.), as such they are approximate and may change without notice.
Ponderosa Group Camp
Things to do in the Area
Baynes Lake Farmers Market: Less than a five minute drive from the park, and held every Saturday between June and early September is the Baynes Lake Farmers Market. A wide variety of vendors are here and there is also a pancake breakfast.
Golf in Jaffray: The Will-O-Bend Golf Course is a local golfing hot spot. http://www.willobend.com/Golf_Course.html
City of Cranbrook: Cranbrook is about 45 minutes away from Kikomun. Activities to do in Cranbrook include shopping, dining and more. http://www.hellobc.com/cranbrook.aspx
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel: Do you like trains? Of course you do. Check out the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel for an interactive loco-experience. http://www.trainsdeluxe.com/
Fort Steele Heritage Town: Hands down one of the coolest attractions in the East Kootenays, Fort Steele Heritage town is a destination for tourists from all over the world. Live theatre, old timey demonstrations and hands on activities are only a few of the reasons to visit this local gem. http://www.fortsteele.ca/
Kootenay Trout Hatchery: A great way to spend a sunny day, the trout hatchery offers live demonstrations, learn to fish programs, and live fish/turtle viewing. Feeding the fish is a popular activity. http://www.gofishbc.com/about-us/what-we-do/fish-hatcheries/kootenay-hatchery.aspx
The City of Fernie: Fernie is about 45 minutes away from Kikomun. Unique shopping opportunities, trendy restaurants and many necessities, the City of Fernie is well worth the short trip into town. http://tourismfernie.com/activities
Fernie Alpine Resort: With Summer activities like an aerial park, mountain bike trails and adventure camps, Fernie Alpine Resort is much more than a ski hill. http://skifernie.com/
Fernie Golf and Country Club: This is a beautiful course. http://www.golffernie.com/
Hot Deals!: The Tourism Fernie website has a page of weekly dining/shopping/spa specials here: http://tourismfernie.com/packages-offers/local-fernie-deals
Events: Fernie is a city with much to do. Want to know what kinds of festivals or special events are going on? Their events calendar is here: http://tourismfernie.com/events