Kokanee Lake is one of over 30 alpine lakes located in British Columbia'sKokanee Glacier Provincial Park. The lake is approximately 1,200 m long and 400 m wide, at an elevation of 1,981 m (6,498 ft) and located at the head of Kokanee Creek. It is fed by the Kokanee Glacier and is the headwater of Kokanee Creek. Access is by the Gibson Lake trailhead, from which Kokanee Lake is a 4 km hike. Fishing is permitted and the lake is usually stocked with cutthroat trout.
On November 13, 1998, Michel Trudeau, son of former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, died following an avalanche accident that swept him into Kokanee Lake. After an extensive search, his body was never recovered from the lake. The Kokanee Glacier Cabin was built on the shore of Kaslo Lake to commemorate him and 12 others who died as a result of avalanches in the park.