News

New boat launch opens for the long weekend at Lake Koocanusa

Elk Valley boaters bound for Lake Koocanusa for the long weekend will be able to use the new boat launch.

“It’s beautiful,” said MLA Bill Bennett. “It’s a double width boat launch designed to accommodate the fluctuating water levels at Koocanusa. Boaters will be able to launch their boats even when the water levels are low.”

Construction began on the boat launch in April, and Bennett says that the boat launch itself is complete and finishing touches are being done to the parking lot.

The boat launch was a project that began when Ray Kelly of the Kootenay Power Boat Association approached Bennett explaining the challenges of launching a boat at Lake Koocanusa.

“Boaters were experiencing waits of two to five hours at the other boat launch,” said Bennett.

He also said that the boat launch will not only benefit the quality of life for East Kootenay residence who launch their boats at Lake Koocanusa, but will also help the economy.

“Boaters from Alberta, and the West Kootenays like to come out to use the boat launch, and we want them to spend their money in the East Kootenays,” said Bennett.

For the long weekend the boat launch will be single width only and once the water levels increase the launch will be double width.

Bennett also said that the boat launch would be closed for a few days after the long weekend to finish the washrooms, fences and some other amenities.

“People looking to use the boat launch next week should contact the RDEK to find out their hours,” he said.

The RDEK will take over maintenance and operation of the dock based on a contract with the government.

The boat launch was built with funds from BC Hydro, Teck, and Columbia Basin Trust.

For more information on the boat launch go to the RDEK website at

www.rdek.bc.ca

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

BCTF touts deal in email to members
 
Ten-year sentence in cross-border drug case
 
Remembering Josh
Chances Gaming Centre GM reaches out to Castlegar Rebels
 
B.C. teachers endorse six-year deal, 86 per cent in favour (with VIDEO)
 
Prince Rupert School District signs lease agreement with Port Edward council
Cops for Cancer Tour de North wraps up in Prince Rupert
 
Bus stop bulletin board lit on fire
 
Ancient remains reburied at Slocan Pool

Community Events, September 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 18 edition online now. Browse the archives.