This area boasts 41 iconic waterfalls, including powerful Helmcken Falls. Ferry across Kootenay Lake Enjoying the view of Kootenay Lake Stand up paddleboard or kayak on Kootenay Lake. Kootenay Lake Twin Bays is by far, one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Shore with a soft sand, epic scenery, and jumping rocks for the kids to enjoy. There is a public day use area set up with outhouses, and garbage receptacles. There are loads of sandy beaches up and down the 144 kilometre lake and lots of places that are great for kayaking or stand up paddleboarding (SUP). The shoreline of Kootenay Lake is replete with beaches. Some are composed of fine yellow sand, others of gravel, pebbles, cobble, and even boulders. Highway 3, known as the Crowsnest Hwy, travels east-west through the region and has two spurs, Highway 3A from Trail through Castlegar and beyond and Highway 3B that joins Highway 3 to Rossland and on to Trail. The pathway continues down to a beach which has a day-use area for picnics, fishing or swimming in the glacier-fed lake, and is also set up for camping. Cruising in a boat is possibly the best way to enjoy Kootenay Lake, which stretches approximately 120 km (90 miles) from north to south. The beach, located a 15-minute drive from Nelson, stretches out into a sand spit that gradually extends out into Kootenay Lake. Bring your boat to Clearwater Lake and set up camp on the beach. Walk out onto the spit, where depending on the time of year the lake may only creep above the ankle, and it’s like standing on the surface of the water. "A wonderful beach on the lake, nature trails where you can watch salmon spawn and see bears, and a fantastic nature centre with all kinds of fun and interesting things to see and do." Ainsworth Hot Springs. The South Kootenay region stretches from Christina Lake in the south west to Salmo in the east and north to Castlegar. Kootenay Lake (Kaslo) Dave Heath Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism 10. Start Discovering Our Region Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, along the magical shores of Kootenay Lake, this region is an inspirational mecca for foodies, art-goers, music lovers, history buffs and adventure seekers. One of the best spots in the area to indulge in some R&R is found about 20 … Beaches. Kootenay Bay, at the South End of Kootenay Lake, is the gateway to the artisan communities all along the shores of Kootenay Lake, from Crawford Bay to Wynndel. In the morning, the water will be still and reflective as a mirror. The lakes have clean water and many have lifeguards on duty for an extra measure of safety. There are a number of waterfront restaurants and hotels within walking distance of some of the beaches. Kootenay Lake is a water-lovers dream destination. Some of the most popular are Loon Lake Town Beach, Brant Lake Beach, Hague Town Beach, and of course, Lake George Beach. Campgrounds and resorts, general stores, golf courses, glass houses, marinas, parks, and small communities will capture interest as you journey along the scenic highway #3A. Some are nestled in tiny bays between rock bluffs, some protrude into the Lake as extensive spits.