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

Needles is located directly across from Fauquier on the west side of Lower Arrow Lake 108 km (68 miles) east of Lumby and 60 km (38 miles) south-west of Nakusp on Hwy 6.

Long Thin Sand Spits
Needles was originally called 'The Needles' with the name being derived from the long thin sand spits that stretched out into the Columbia River and Lower Arrow Lake. Due to the creating of the reservoir from the completion of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in 1968 the long thin sand spits are no longer present.

Flooding from Hugh Keenleyside Dam
There was a thriving community of Needles at one time but, because of the flooding created in the 1960's, the town no longer exists. The reservoir from Hugh Keenleyside Dam situated 8 km (5 miles) north of Castlegar closed in the Columbia River which existed between Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes and flooded Needles.

Needles Ferry
There is nothing left of the community of Needles except for a small cemetery. The only reason Needles is still marked on British Columbia maps is because of the ferry terminal on the west side of the lake on Hwy 6. The Needles Ferry crossing takes approximately 15 minutes and operates on a continuous year-round schedule between Needles and Fauquier, 24 hours a day, every day by Western Pacific Marine Limited for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Inland Ferry Service.

For local entertainment, you might want to take a trip across the Arrow Lake to Fauquier. The small settlement has most of the conveniences required found with a motel and J&S Snacks, a general store that has a liquor outlet and serves fuel including gas, diesel and propane, unfortunately the once famous Mushroom Addiction Restaurant is now closed as of 2011.

Fauquier Golf Course
Also located near the ferry terminal is the semi-private, 9-hole Fauquier & District Golf Course. The challenging par 3-course semi-private, 9-hole Fauquier & District Golf Course plays right next to the Lower Arrow Lake. The course features include following the shoreline, beautiful westerly views towards the lake and a boat launch. Telephone (250) 269-7414

Plum Hollow Camping
Other RV accommodation near the Needles Ferry Terminal Dock is at Plum Hollow Camping.

  • Telephone (250) 269-7669.

If you are going to the Needles ferry dock, try and get a chance to visit the small community of Edgewood to the south. Edgewood features a store, gas station community centre and post office. The community owned Edgewood Campground features spacious camping sites and boat launch for the Lower Arrow Lake.

Whatshan Lake
There is also a campground at Whatshan Lake via a gravel road just north of the Arrow Lake ferry at Needles. Whatshan Lake also has cabins available plus a boat launch. The lake has some great fishing with Rainbow trout reaching weights around 1 kg (2.5 lbs) as well as bull trout and small Kokanee.

Arrow Lakes/Needles Bridge
Future plans by the BC Government and the Ministry of Transportation are that the ferry be eliminated with a new bridge called the Arrow Lakes/Needles Bridge.

Buckland & Taylor Ltd.
The new bridge is to be a two-lane structure possibly constructed by the bridge experts, Buckland & Taylor Ltd, now part of COWI. Other projects in British Columbia that Buckland & Taylor Ltd have been involved in, include the Lions Gate and Second Narrows in Vancouver, Fort Nelson River near Fort Nelson and the Hagwilget Bridge in Hazelton.

Information on Needles



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Lower Arrow Lake
Lower Arrow Lake


Needles Ferry
Needles Ferry


J&S Snacks General Store in Fauquier
J&S Snacks General Store in Fauquier


Fauquier & District Golf Course
Fauquier & District Golf Course

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