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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Johnsons Landing

Johnsons Landing
Johnsons Landing is located on the north-east side of Kootenay Lake approximately 11 km (7 miles) south of Argenta on the Argenta Road.

Getting Here
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).

Algot Johnson
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.

No Commercial Enterprise
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 Cooper Creek.

Johnsons 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 hall.

Johnsons 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.

Fry Creek Canyon
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.

Kootenay 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.

Nearest Campgrounds
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.

Argenta Road
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.

Bulmer's Pointe
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.

Bear Country
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.

Information on Johnsons Landing



Map of Johnsons Landing
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Kootenay Lake - Johnsons Landing
Kootenay Lake - Johnsons Landing


Community Association Building
Community Association Building


Purcell Wilderness Conservatory
Purcell Wilderness Conservatory


Purcell Wilderness Conservatory
Purcell Wilderness Conservatory


Argenta Road
Argenta Road

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