Yaqakxaqⱡamki Boat Launch

The Boat Launch is now open.

Parks, Trails and Recreation Facilities Brochure

Yaqakxaqⱡamki Regional Park (Koocanusa Boat Launch) opened on July 1, 2011. The launch was built through funding from Teck. BC Hydro and the Columbia Basin Trust. The boat launch season opening and closure dates vary depending on water levels. Koocanusa Boat Launch is located on the north side of Kikomun Newgate Road; on the west side of Koocanusa Lake.

Amenities include: boat launch with floating docks, parking for vehicles with trailers, overflow parking for vehicles with no trailers and wheelchair accessible outhouse facilities.

Seasonal operation (typically from June to October) 7:00am - 10:00pm daily (gates are locked overnight)

User Fees

All User fees collected go directly back into the operation and maintenance of the facility.

  • Resident Season Pass - $60  
    • Available to permanent residents and property owners from Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fernie, Sparwood, Elkford, and RDEK Electoral Areas A, B and C. Proof of residency or property ownership must be presented at the time of application.
  • Non-Resident Season Pass- $85
  • Day Pass - $12
    • A Day Pass allows the holder to launch and retrieve one watercraft from the ramp and to park one towing vehicle and one boat trailer in the Parking Area for one day, provided parking space is available.
  • Commuter Vehicle Pass/Second Vehicle - $7
    • All Commuter or Second vehicles (vehicles with no boat trailer) requires purchase of a parking pass.

Purchasing Season Passes

A Season Pass allows the holder to launch and retrieve one watercraft from the ramp and to park one towing vehicle and one boat trailer in the Parking Area per day during the season, provided parking space is available.

Season Passes (once boat launch is open for season)

Please purchase Season Passes on site as the boat launch is open for the 2022 season.

Season passes can be purchased on site by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard or by debit from our on-site contractor.  Please contact our on-site contractor at 250-278-9047 for on-site payment questions or operational concerns. 

Pre-Season (before annual opening date)

If you would like to purchase your season’s pass prior to opening, you may fill out a registration form. You will be contacted once it has been reviewed for payment options. Season Pass stickers will then be mailed after payment has been received. Note: pre-season pass sales have ceased as of June 10, 2022 and passes should be purchased from the site contractor at the boat launch.

Please contact our on-site contractor at 250-278-9047 for on-site payment questions or operational concerns. All other inquiries please contact the Environmental Services Department at 250-489-6900 or by email at environmentalservicesdept@rdek.bc.ca

Last edited: Mon, July 04, 2022 - 11:24:20