The West Arm of Kootenay Lake is situated entirely within the Selkirk mountains. It is both narrower and shallower than the main lake and surprisingly has numerous sandy beaches. ​​

Nestled between the Selkirk and Percell mountain ranges is Kootenay Lake, the largest natural lake in British Columbia.

​Kootenay Lake has the largest strain of wild Rainbow Trout in the world, known as the Gerrard.  These giant Rainbows can grow over 30 lbs.  Bull Trout, Dolly Varden, and Kokanee (a land locked Salmon species) are plentiful as well.  Visitors should prepare for spectacular mountain scenery, glacier-fed creeks and rivers, native forests and abundant wildlife.  

The Kootenay Region also offers spectacular golfing on award-winning championship golf courses and hidden local gems alike .

Wether you are looking for the fishing trophy of a lifetime, or one of the most challenging golf course you'll ever experience, this breathtaking wilderness setting is the vacation place for you.


About kootenay wild

Kootenay Wild is owned entirely by Richard and Patsy Rowland and operates out of Balfour, British Columbia, Canada.  Richard Rowland is an avid outdoorsman, an experienced taxidermist, a licenced Kootenay Lake Angling guide, and a golf enthusiast.  Together, Richard and Patsy have established Kootenay Wild, which offers a fishing charter B&B, fishing and golfing packages, and taxidermy, to residents and visitors of Kootenay Lake, British Columbia.   Please explore and contact us with any questions you may have!

1 (250) 551 4722

230 Mountain View Drive, Nelson, BC, V1L 0A7


A panoramic view of the west arm greets the Kootenay Wild Facility.  We are situated between the village of Balfour and the City of Nelson in the Grand View Developments property.  We are ideally situated less than a 110 km drive from 6/8 Kootenay Trail golf courses.  Other attractions such as Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, and Kokanee Glacier Park hiking trails, are less than a 30 km drive from our facility.

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Kootenay Wild Outdoor Sportsman Services Ltd.


Located at the junction of Kootenay Lake's North, South, and West arm is the village of Balfour.  It serves as the western ferry terminal for the world's largest free ferry ride (40 minutes one way accross Kootenay Lake).  

The West Arm provides a sheltered and pastoral venue for canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Here you can glide quietly through peaceful waters and view abundant wildlife.  

Positioned on the north shore of the West Arm is Kokanee Creek Provincial Park. This park features extensive sandy beaches, a boat launch, hiking, camping and RV facilities.  This is an ideal location for all water use activities.  ​​

kootenay lake area

The West Kootenay's Region of British Columbia has been referred to as the "Ultimate Outdoor Sportsman Playground".  This diverse region of water and mountains is an outdoor enthusiasts "dream come true".  The area is internationally renowned for its fishing, golfing and hunting.  


We offer a Bed and Breakfast to our fishing charter guests . We have three rooms, each with a separate entrance and a full bathroom.  Our deluxe room is 670 sq ft, offers a queen size bed, and has a private balcony.  Our two standard rooms each have two queen beds.

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