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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Howser

Howser is located just off Hwy 31 on the Howser Station Road about 50 km (30 miles) north of Kaslo and 63 km (39 miles) south of Trout Lake.

Duncan City and Hauser
The small rural community went by both the names of Duncan City in 1898 and Hauser, named after a local gold prospector, and later changed to Howser in 1900. At one time, Howser was a booming city with promise of gold fortunes being made, attracting large amounts of people and the services to support them, including hotels, a brewery, post office, general store, police presence, and sawmill, plus fruit and vegetable farms were established with the possibility of the Canadian Pacific and Great Northern Railways both creating terminuses here.

Howser Station Road
Today there are only a few homes in the area with most of them being located on either side along Howser Station Road. Most of the homes sit on small acreages generally with the inhabitants living off the land with hobby farms and an agricultural presence combined with a few small sawmills mainly specializing in cedar.

Duncan Lake
Howser is situated on the west side near the south end of Duncan Lake. Duncan River was dammed as part of the Columbia River Treaty with the United States by BC Hydro during the 1960's. With the dam, Duncan Lake is now regulated to control the flow of water into the Columbia River downstream of Kootenay Lake and as such, the shoreline level fluctuates throughout the year, showing stumps at low water because of the demand for electricity in the USA.

Duncan Dam
The original location of Howser had to be moved to higher ground because of the erection of Duncan Dam and the subsequence flooding and enlargement of Duncan Lake and the creation of a larger reservoir. You can access a viewing platform of Duncan Dam by going south from Howser on Hwy 31 by around 8 km (5 miles) to the Duncan Dam Lookout Road.

Recreation Sites on Duncan Lake
At the end of Howser Station Road is where you can find access to Duncan Lake at either Howser Park Recreation Site or at Glayco Beach day-use facility where there is a nice mixed sand and gravel beach for boating, fishing, swimming, windsurfing, and other water sports. Just remember there are no lifeguards present and swimming is at your own risk. There is a concrete boat launch and there are 5 lakefront campsites with pit-toilets found at Howser Recreation Site.

No Services Available
There are no tourist or automotive services available in Howser with the nearest store or fuel found to the south on Hwy 31 at nearby Meadow Creek. Meadow Creek has a Lucky Dollar Foods and White Service Station, a drinking establishment called Drifter's Bar & Pub, and the Lardeau Valley Museum. In Cooper Creek, there is Lardeau Valley Services which has gas, offers very minor repairs, and a small selection of convenience items.

Grizzly Country
The whole area around Howser is especially home to Grizzly bears and proper wildlife precautions must be adhered to at all times.
Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times unless you feel comfortable with bears around and take the usual precautions. There is also the possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play it safe.



Map of Howser
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Howser Station Road
Howser Station Road


Howser Cedar Mill
Howser Cedar Mill


Duncan Dam Spillway
Duncan Dam Spillway


Boat Launch at Howser Recreation Site
Boat Launch at Howser Recreation Site

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