Johnsons Landing is located on the north-east side of Kootenay Lake
approximately 11 km (7 miles) south of Argenta
on the Argenta Road.
To get here travel north of Kaslo or south
of Trout Lake on Hwy 31 to Cooper Creek,
then take the gravel forestry road over the Duncan River towards
Duncan Dam. After travelling for about 1.4 km (1 mile) you will
come to the Argenta Road, take this gravel road south past Argenta
by 9 km (6 miles).
Johnsons Landing is named after a Swedish miner named Algot Johnson.
He bought and settled on some land in Johnsons Landing area while
waiting out a storm while fishing then hiking up Kootenay Joe Creek.
Eventually more people came with a post office operating in Johnsons
Landing from 1917 to 1970.
There is no commercial enterprise or stores in Johnsons Landing.
The closest place for any fuel or a limited selection of convenience
items is located back on Hwy 31 at the Lardeau Valley Service in
Landing Community Hall
There is a small community association building at Johnsons Landing
which helps serve as the main meeting place to decide community
decisions and events. For local information there is a bulletin
board present as well as mail boxes to service the people living
in and around Johnsons Landing both situated next to the community
Landing Retreat Center
For spiritually minded people there is a facility located here called
the Johnsons Landing Retreat Center. This sanctuary can offer you
yoga and various holistic teachings in a beautiful Kootenay Lake
setting nestled next to the Purcell Mountains.
If you are experienced in wilderness hiking and enjoy a good walk
once place to try in Johnsons Landing is up into Fry Creek Canyon.
Situated in the Purcell Wilderness Conservatory the tail takes you
up into geography of steep drop-offs along a creek bed. The trailhead
can be found about .5 km (.3 mile) past the community hall.
Joe Ridge Road Trail
For history buffs you can retrace past explorers o the by walking
up Kootenay Joe Ridge Road Trail which follows an old mining route
dating back the late 1800's.
The nearest campground to Johnsons Landing can be found on Duncan
Lake either back at Howser where there are two forest recreation
sites on the west side of the lake or at Glacier Creek Regional
Park on the east side of the lake. All three of these sites have
boat launches onto Duncan Lake, pit toilets and picnic tables.
When you do travel on the Argenta Road just remember the road can
be subject to slippery and narrow conditions so caution at all times
must be remembered. Also this part of the Kootenay Lake is very
remote with greater chances of having bear or other wildlife encounters
so try and keep your distance.
For people considering purchasing property in the Johnson Landing
to Argenta area there is a modern subdivision being built in-between
the two communities called Bulmer's Pointe. This low-impact community
offers year round or seasonal living in a forested setting many
of which are lakeside lots with an on-site full-time caretaker.
Just remember if you are enjoying the countryside around Johnsons
Landing, please remember this is Bear Country just like the rest
of BC. Try to avoid the rivers during heavy salmon spawning times
unless you feel comfortable with bears around. There is also the
possibilities of encounters with wolves or cougars so please play
it safe and practice good outdoor wildlife procedures.
on Johnsons Landing
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