Kokanee Lake

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This article is about the lake in British Columbia, Canada. For the reservoir in Washington, United States, see Lake Kokanee.
Kokanee Lake
Kokanee Lake
Location British Columbia
Coordinates 49°44′53″N 117°10′32″W / 49.748099°N 117.175601°W / 49.748099; -117.175601Coordinates: 49°44′53″N 117°10′32″W / 49.748099°N 117.175601°W / 49.748099; -117.175601
Primary inflows Kokanee Glacier
Primary outflows Kokanee Creek
Basin countries Canada
Max. length 1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Max. width 400 m (1,300 ft)
Surface elevation 1,981 m (6,499 ft)

Kokanee Lake is one of over 30 alpine lakes located in British Columbia's Kokanee 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.[1] 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.

Michel Trudeau avalanche accident[edit]

On November 13, 1998, Michel Trudeau, son of the former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and younger brother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, drowned following an avalanche accident that swept him into Kokanee Lake.[2] In spite of an extensive search, his body was never recovered from the lake.[3][4][5] 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.[5][6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kokanee Lake". BC Geographical Names. 
  2. ^ DePalma, Anthony (16 November 1998). "Pierre Trudeau's Youngest Son Believed Killed in Avalanche". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Wood, Chris. "Trudeau Search Suspended". Maclean's. The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Search for body of Michel Trudeau postponed". CBC.ca. 10 November 2000. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, Dene. "Trudeaus remember Michel and promote avalanche awareness". Canadian Press. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Community Celebrates Opening Of Kokanee Glacier Cabin". press release Province of British Columbia. Retrieved 21 March 2013.