Mica Creek is located 140 km (87 miles) north of Revelstoke
on Hwy 23. Mica Creek came from the result of the construction of
BC Hydro's electrical generation plant at Mica Dam.
There is a small community located at Mica Creek. BC Hydro's Mica
Dam's workforce has living quarters for its staff plus, during the
summer months, recreational eco-tourism operators reside here.
Hydro's Mica Dam
A very interesting view is BC Hydro's Mica Dam generating plant
located north of the townsite. This impressive-looking dam has an
installed generating capacity of 1,736,000 KW and makes up part
of BC Hydro's other Columbia River facilities.
Mica Creek has some incredible outdoor recreation available especially
along Kinbasket Lake. Here you can find kayaking, canoeing, boating
mountain biking and hiking. There is access to the lake at Potlatch
Creek or from Sprague Bay Forestry Recreation Sites. Just follow
the south shore road past Mica Dam.
They both have rustic campsites and boat launches available for
some great fishing and exploring. Just remember, if you are on the
lake, please observe the weather situation. Various tragedies have
occurred in the past by rough waters occurring by a sudden wind.
Mica Creek has a few eco-tourism opportunities, notably heli-skiing.
Located amongst the Rocky Mountains, the Mica Creek area is home
to some of BC's highest peaks holding some incredible annual snow
pack with very dry powder snow. Mica Heli Guides operate from this
area offering you unparalleled heli-skiing in the winter.
Driving between Revelstoke and Mica Creek on Hwy 23, about halfway
up, the road will sharply bend into Downie Creek. This is where
you will find access to a backcountry road that follows Downie Creek
past Downie Peak 2,896 m (9,501 ft) and the Downie Slide area.
Various engineering studies were conducted at Downie Slide by BC
Hydro to help determine the area's stability before Mica Dam was
built. If you continue on this road towards the south-east, another
high mountain, Mt. Moloch 3,107 m (10,194 ft) is quite visible.
Just remember if you are enjoying the provincial parks and the countryside
around Mica Creek, please remember this is Bear Country. 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.