|Southeast BC Nature Viewing Region|
|West Kootenay Area|
|Gerrard/Trout Lake, Goat Range Provincial Park|
|Gerrard: photo by Bill Kinkaid||Gerrard: photo by Bill Kinkaid|
|The Lardeau River at the outflow of Trout Lake; site of an abandoned town but now just a rough campground and a site for viewing spawning fish.|
|Geographical Description||Kootenay River lowlands|
|Area/ Trail Length|
|Seasons to Visit||Birding spring through early autumn; Gerrard rainbow trout spawning April and May, other salmonids August through October.|
|Habitat||Riparian, interior cedar/hemlock, mixed forest.|
|Viewing Highlights||A good place to observe trout and kokanee salmon spawning in river. Notable is the Gerrard or Kamloops strain of rainbow trout, the largest in the world, which are endemic to the Kootenay Lake watershed.|
Interpretive signs and viewing platform.
Birds and other wildlife can be seen in the area.
|Main Access||On Highway 31, 41 km north from the hamlet of Meadow Creek, or 52 km south of the ferry terminal at Galena Bay. NOTE: despite its designation as a Provincial Highway, most of Highway 31 between Galena Bay and Meadow Creek is unpaved gravel. From Gerrard to Meadow Creek it’s mostly level and wide, but the stretch alongside Trout Lake includes several steep and winding sections. It can be driven by all vehicles but use caution and especially watch for logging trucks.|
|Secondary Accesses||The river can also be observed at several points along Highway 31 between Gerrard and Meadow Creek, notably where the highway crosses the river at midpoint.|
|Cautions||Please respect all private property in the area.|
Use caution when parking or pulling out on the roads.
There is no mobile phone service in this area.
Use caution on the banks of the river.
Bears (black and grizzly) are also interested in the fish; use caution at all times but especially in spawning season.
|Jurisdiction||BC Parks (this is a very small corner of the mostly mountainous Goat Range Provincial Park)|
|Regulations||No camping or fires except in designated sites. Dogs must be on leash.|
|Facilities||Rustic campground on west side of bridge.|
Pit toilets at site.
Basic services at Meadow Creek or Trout Lake village (gas not reliable); all services in Kaslo, 82 km south, or in Revelstoke, 115 km north via Galena Bay ferry.
|Other Recreational Activities||Canoeing, kayaking.|
|West Kootenay Eco Society|
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