Taking care of Kootenay Lake together

Welcome to Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, a place to learn and take part in your local water.


FoKLSS is currently on hiatus while the Board seeks direction for the future.  Read more about it here.  Please feel free to browse our website to see what good work has been accomplished over the past decade of stewarding Kootenay Lake and its surrounding environs.

Learn More

Learn more about what we’re up too, by browsing our current events, blog, or Kootenay lake library.

Get Involved

Take part in the FOKL community by joining an event, making a donation or becoming a volunteer.

FOKLSS Initiatives

Learn more about our key activities on the lake

The Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society have been busy beavers and have developed the following 4 main initiatives to increase stewardship and protection of the Lake:

Water Quality Monitoring, Lake Observations, Report illegal activity, Osprey Nest Monitoring

Kootenay Lake Presentation, Outreach at various community events, Kootenay Lake Library

Convert your altered shoreline to a natural one, Shoreline restoration and resources (Kootenay Lake Partnership’s Shoreline Guidance Document), Wetland restoration

Working with the Kootenay Lake Partnership on the Lake Planning Process currently underway, Kootenay Lake Community Values Study.

News & Blog

FOKLSS News & Stories from the Field

It’s officially winter in the Kootenays, although it might not look like it in some areas! One of the beautiful things about living near Kootenay Lake is that it doesn’t freeze in the wint...

Friends of Kootenay Lake is currently running a silent auction! We are still in the midst of our fall fundraiser, and all money raised will go directly to helping us continue our work around the lake....

The 2024 Nelson Polar Bear Swim is on January 1! There are a ton of prizes to be won, including a staycation at The Sentinel in Kaslo, a $200 gift card to Relish in Nelson, and a two-day pass to White...

Since the creation of FOKLSS in 2012 we’ve come a long way!

 Friendly facts about Kootenay Lake 


meters is the maximum depth


th largest lake in BC


km2 of drainage area


Species of fish

A Soraya Olszewski film

A Message from Kootenay Lake

As friends of Kootenay Lake, we are dedicated to improving the health and stewardship of this waterbody. Together, with our volunteers, members, funders, and supporters we monitor wildlife and water quality, restore important habitats, clean shorelines, educate lake users, and empower local communities, First Nations, and stakeholders. But most importantly, we act as a voice for the lake, to ensure she thrives for future generations.

Be the voice, be a friend. Join us.

Film: Soraya Olszewski

Kootenay Lake Drone Footage: Douglas Noblet