- Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
Infobox_protected_area | name = Kikomun Creek Provincial Park
iucn_category = III
caption = Location of "Kikomun Creek Park" in
locator_x = 264
locator_y = 230
British Columbia, Canada
nearest_city = Fernie
lat_degrees = 49.24270
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 115.25233
long_direction = W
area = km2 to mi2|0.68|precision=2Cite web|author=BC Parks| url= http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/kikomun_crk/| title= Kikomun Creek Provicial Park|accessdate=2008-07-24]
established = May 18, 1972
governing_body = BC Ministry of Environment, BC Parks
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is a
provincial parkin British Columbia, Canada.
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park has a campground with five lakes, an abundance of the endangered
painted turtles, many mountain bike trails throughout, two beautiful sandy beaches among its attractions.
Kikomun Creek is situated in the southern region of the
Rocky Mountain Trench, on the eastern shores of a man-made reservoir along the Kootenay River. This 685-hectare park provides recreational access to Lake Koocanusa, whose name is supposedly a combination of Kootenay, Canadaand USA.The park encompasses large open grasslands, Ponderosa pineforests and many small lakes. The grasslands in the area were used historically as grazing areas for the horses of the Ktunaxapeople and the cattle of early settlers. Throughout the park, evidence of glacial activity thousands of years ago is evident in the form of ridges, valleys and water-filled depressions.
Kikomun Creek Provincial Park is home to one of the British Columbia’s largest populations of
western painted turtles, which are named for their distinctive red and yellow markings on their undersides. These turtles are often seen sunbathing on logs on Hidden Lake and Surveyors’ Lake. The park’s wetlands provide habitat for beaver, muskrat, long-toed salamanders, blue herons and mallards. Other wildlife in the area includes badgers, elk, black bears, coyotes, cougars and deer. For birdwatchers, the park is also home to osprey, owls, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and American kestrels.
For those interested in fishing, Hidden, Surveyors’, Engineers, Muskrat, Skunk and Fisher Lakes contain
smallmouth bass, eastern brook and rainbow trout. Koocanusa Lake contains cutthroat trout, kokanee, Dolly Vardenand Rocky Mountain whitefish. Watercraft are permitted on the lakes, however powerboats are restricted to Koocanusa Lake, which also has the only boat launch. During the summer months, educational interpretive programs are offered and include such events as guided walks, slide shows and children’s programs.
The park provides camping, swimming, hiking, mountain biking and fishing, making it one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the
East Kootenays. Surveyors’ Lake has sandy beaches, picnic areas and change houses. There are also some easy hikingtrails that circle Hidden and Surveyors’ Lakes. Throughout the park, there are many old roads and railway beds that are perfect for mountain bikingthat lead to some interesting geological features.
There are 105 vehicle accessible
campsites and two group campsites. The campsites vary in size and can accommodate everything from a large RV to a single tent. Park is open May 1 to September 30; campground gate is closed but gate for boat launch access is open during off-season. This campground is also wheelchair accessible. There are two yurts available approximately 2 km from the campground and can be reserved by phone only through Discover Camping.
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