Lakes of British Columbia is a new series for Nomads on the Road; the basic plan is to introduce readers to new, interesting and beautiful lakes in British Columbia and particularly the East Kootenay region. First up; Surveyors Lake…

Surveyors Lake

Fallen trees in Surveyors Lake

Fallen trees in Surveyors Lake

Surveyors Lake is situated in Kikomun Creek Provincial Park, some 20 miles (32km) southwest of Fernie.

Surveyors Lake and the Kikomun Creek wetlands play host to a range of animals, birds and fish. Beavers, muskrats, blue herons and mallards are regulars. While badgers, elk, black bears, deer, cougars and coyotes can also be found in the park. Birdwatchers will have the chance to spy osprey, owls, bald eagles, American kestrels and red-tailed hawks. Fishermen can find smallmouth bass, rainbow trout and eastern brook in Surveyors and many of the other surrounding lakes.

Surveyors Lake and the sunbathing western painted turtles

Surveyors Lake and the sunbathing western painted turtles.

Kikomun Creek is a 685 hectare park providing access to Lake Koocanusa and home to one of British Columbia’s largest population of Western Painted Turtles. The Western Painted Turtles are named for their distinctive red and yellow marking on their bellies. The turtles are often found on logs sunbathing in Surveyors Lake.

Hidden Lake is connected to Surveyors Lake

Hidden Lake is connected to Surveyors Lake.

Directions to Surveyors Lake

From Fernie:

  • Crowsnest Highway/BC-3 West.
  • Turn left onto Kikomun Road.
  • Turn left onto Jaffray Baynes Lake Road.
  • First right onto Baynes Lake Road.
Surveyors Lake and Cloudporn

Surveyors Lake and Cloudporn.

Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake

Surveyors is one of my favourite lakes in the East Kootenay region, one tip is to head down after you finish work around 6pm, all the families will be leaving and you’ll have the place to yourself more often than not.

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