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Trout Lake
Trout Lake is located 85 km (53 miles) north of Kaslo and 25 km (16 miles) south-east of the Galena Bay ferry terminal to Revelstoke on Hwy 31.

Small Village
Trout Lake is a small village situated at the north end of a large deep lake that is about 30 km (19 miles) long with the same name. Trout Lake sits in a large valley nestled between the Selkirk and Purcell mountain ranges. Some very large peaks are seen in the distance, notably Trout Mountain which is situated towards the south-west.

Mining Town
Trout Lake City got its start in the late 1800's and early 1900's as a mining boom town with a population level of around 2,000 people. In time, the gold and silver-lead mines were shut down, leaving Trout Lake City to virtually becoming a ghost town.

Trout Lake General Store
One of the most unique things to do when you visit Trout Lake is to visit the Trout Lake general store. Located outside the store is a still-operational, hand-pumped, glass-enclosed, gravity-fed gas dispenser. Inside you'll find all sorts of odds and ends, a liquor outlet and service in the old-fashioned friendly way.

Windsor Hotel
Trout Lake also has a real relic from the past in the historic Windsor Hotel. Originally built in 1892, the Windsor Hotel has been restored to its proud past and is open for business year-round. The hotel's specialty is in the winter when it becomes a kind of meeting place for people wanting to try the world-famous snowmobiling in the area. Unfortunately due to hard times the Windsor Hotel has been closed but according to an old Nelson Star article is going to have new ownership soon.

Vacation Homes
Today Trout Lake is mostly made up of a number of vacation homes and cabins that dot the lake and nearby rivers. Most are used for recreational purposes and, because of the close vicinity to Calgary, Alberta. a high percentage from there own property.

Snowmobiling or Snowcat Skiing
There are a number of trails and powder bowls for you to try your snowmobile or go snowcat skiing. Areas include Silver Cup Ridge which parallels Trout Lake and the Badshot Range to the west and south-west of the Battle Range. There are a number of tour operators who can assist you in finding the very best that the area offers.

Silvercup Ridge Trail
During the summer time, you can also hike horseback ride or mountainbike along Silvercup Ridge which has a 40 km (25 miles) one-way trail that follows a ridge overlooking Trout Lake. The trail features mountain meadows, spectacular lake views and backcountry camping. Expect to take three to four days to complete the Silvercup Ridge Trail if you're hiking.

Fishing for Rainbow Trout
For people who would like to try their luck at fishing, Trout Lake is especially good from April to October when the lake yields very large Rainbow trout, some in the 9 kg. (20 lbs.) range. Other fish species include bull trout, burbot (freshwater cod) and char. A boat launch can conveniently be found right in the community.

Staubart Lake
Another fishing lake close by to Trout Lake, just to the north-west on Hwy 31 just before the turnoff to Beaton, is called Staubart Lake. Here you can find Dolly Varden, brook and bull trout plus fairly large rainbow trout. There is a rustic campground present and a place to launch a car-top style boat.

Community Hall
If you come during the summer time, try and visit the Trout Lake Community Hall where sometimes the locals have a garage and bake sale. Not only will you get to meet the residents but also help the community as funds from the sale assist sponsored improvements and events.

Hill Creek Hatchery
For wildlife watching and things to see try venturing over to the Hill Creek Hatchery located 8 km east from the Hwy 31 and Hwy 23 junction. At Hill Creek you can view the spawning channel that comes off the Kootenay Lake with a dimension of 3.2 km (2.2 miles) long by 6.1 m (20 feet) wide. Try and come during the month of September to view spawning Kokanee.

Ghost Towns
There are a few ghost towns situated in the hills nearby Trout Lake. You can look for the remains of Ferguson, Camborne, Beaton and Comaplix. Very little remains of the building structures but, for the history buff, the treat to explore the past is forever close in the area around Trout Lake.

Besides the Trout Lake general store, most major shopping and services are found at Nakusp about an hour away on Hwy 23. By going to Nakusp, you can also complete a circle route back to Trout Lake by taking what is called the 'North Loop.'

North Loop
The North Loop after Nakusp takes you on Hwy 6 through the community of New Denver. The North Loop then follows the 'Silvery Slocan' Hwy 31A to Kaslo, then north on Hwy 31 through Lardeau and Meadow Creek north to Trout Lake. For cyclists, the trip is called the Slocan Triangle and makes a great loop taking around four days to complete.

Information on Trout Lake



Trout Lake and Beaton Area Map
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Trout Lake
Trout Lake


Trout Lake General Store
Trout Lake General Store


Windsor Hotel
Windsor Hotel


Trout Lake
Trout Lake


Gravity-Fed Gas Dispenser
Gravity-Fed Gas Dispenser


Gravity-Fed Gas Dispenser
Gravity-Fed Gas Dispenser


Campground at Trout Lake
Campground at Trout Lake

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