USE CAUTION: THIN ICE
As the temperatures are fluctuating just above and below freezing, ice is beginning to form and is very thin and unpredictable across the region, including Lake Koocanusa.
It is critical that the public use extreme caution and stay off local lakes and waterways until we've had a sustained cold snap.
Even then, it is important to test ice thickness when entering an ice-covered lake or water body. It is recommended all recreationalists planning to venture out onto the also carry Ice Picks and know the basics of self-rescue.
The Canadian Red Cross recommends ice be a minimum of 5” thick before it is safe to skate on or 7” for groups of people. Ice that is either blue or black is strongest and any ice that is opaque or white may not be safe to walk on, even if it is 5" thick. To learn more or access more ice safety tips, CLICK HERE.
Waldo Cove Regional Park was created as an Area B Park in 2020 and is located south of Baynes Lake and Sharpe Road on the east side of Koocanusa Lake. Sandy beaches and a boat launch make this a great location for a family day at the lake.
Civic Address 1005 Sharpe Road
2.1 km west of the Crowsnest Highway (3) and Highway 95 junction. (Highway 3/93 Dairy Bar) turn onto Kikomun-Newgate Road. Follow for 7.2 km to a four way stop turn left onto Jaffray Baynes Lake Road. Follow Jaffray Baynes Lake Road south for 3.6 km. Turn right onto Baynes Lake Loop Road. In 600 m turn left and continue on Baynes Lake Loop Road for 850 m. Turn right onto Sharpe Road. Follow Sharpe Road south for 600 m. Turn left onto the gravel road at the Waldo Cove sign. Follow the gravel road for 1 km to the parking area and boat launch.
The Amenities at Waldo Cove Regional Park include a boat launch (no launch/parking fees) with limited parking for vehicles with trailers, wheelchair accessible outhouses, picnic sites with tables and two beach areas with floating docks.
The boat launch is open June 1 - October 31.
If you have additional questions, or to report any issues you can contact the Environmental Services Department at 250-489-6900 or email [email protected].
Last edited: Fri, February 09, 2024 - 11:17:07